St John's
Gravesend -
now a
Visual Arts


Saint John the Evangelist


Archbishop Kevin presides at a celebration liturgy

St John's is a highly successful Comprehensive School with 1100 pupils including a Sixth Form of 200. It is situated within a 15-acre campus shared with St John's Primary and Nursery School, providing quality education from aged 3 years to 19 on one site.

Having achieved national recognition as a leader in the development of pupils' creativity, it was awarded Specialist Schools status as a Visual Arts College on 1st September 2007.

To celebrate this new status, Archbishop Kevin visited the school and presided at a liturgy on Monday, 1st October 2007. The Service included Scripture readings, a dramatic presentation of the life of Saint John the Evangelist, an address by the Archbishop, presentation of artwork and blessing of the visual arts department.
Mr John Stanley, Headteacher, gave a presentation of St John's School as a specialist Visual Arts College.


Gathering for the liturgy

Mr John Stanley, Headteacher, Joshua Elahi, Head Boy, Archbishop Kevin, Councillor Mrs Pat Oakeshott, Mayor of Gravesham, and Father Philip Gilbert, Chair of Governors

The Archbishop places the final piece in the mosaic - a cross

The Archbishop in conversation with the Mayor and the Head Boy

The Archbishop with Dr Dilys Wadman, Director of the Commission for Schools and Colleges

The Archbishop with Father Joe Smith (left), Parish Priest of St John's, Gravesend and Father Philip Gilbert, Chair of Governors.