Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme

Welcome to the online home for the Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme!

Year 10 Welcome Video

Spring 2021 Video Sessions

Over the next few weeks, we will be bringing you some brand new video classes specially prepared by the Inspire Programme, looking at some of the themes and topics that you are likely to encounter in your GCSEs, to help you with your studies as you return to school.

In addition to these subject-focused classes, we have also partnered with an organisation called Positively Mad, to bring you a number of self-guided sessions on study skills and wellbeing, to help you manage your learning and your mental health, particularly in this time of ongoing disruption.

All of these sessions come in the form of videos which you can watch at home in your own time, alongside downloadable information packs, competitions and exercises.

You can access each of the sessions when they are released by clicking on the links below. Please note, you will need a password to access the ‘Positively Mad’ sessions, which you will receive from your Inspire Teacher Coordinator. Alternatively, you can email if your teacher is unable to help.

Recent and Upcoming Classes

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Tuesday 30th March 2021

Wednesday 21st April 2021


We encourage you to participate in as many competitions as you can, but they are not compulsory. To enter a competition:

The top entries to each competition will receive prizes in the form of Amazon vouchers and will be featured on Inspire Digital!

Spring Term 2021

Class 6: Books, Literature and Leisure (PDF)

Release date: 20 January 2021
Competition deadline: 3 February 2021

Class 7: Adaptation and the Human Mind (PDF)

Release date: 3 February 2021
Competition deadline: 24 February 2021

Autumn Term 2020

Class 1: Volcanoes in the Sciences (PDF)

Class 2: Volcanic Documents and Depictions (PDF)

Class 3: Evolution in science and technology (PDF)

Class 4: Evolution in culture (PDF)

Class 5: Evolution and volcanoes in review (PDF)

Virtual Summer School

Monday 3 August – Friday 7 August 2020

Spring – Summer Term 2020

Class 1: Computer Science (PDF)

Class 2: English & History (PDF)

Class 3: Medicine & Psychology (PDF)

Class 4: Language & Linguistics (PDF)

Class 5: Maths (PDF)

Class 6: Economics & Law (PDF)

Latest News

2022 Spring Term Card Out Now

Our 2022 Spring Term Card term card sets out all of the exciting outreach events, opportunities and resources on offer from St John’s, as well as across the University of Oxford. The information is particularly relevant to teachers and pupils in our link regions of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, Southampton, West Sussex, and the…

Mathematical Modelling in Sport: Competition Results

Following the pair of Pre-GCSE Inspire talks delivered by Dr Tom Crawford on Mathematical Modelling in Sport – ‘How to take the perfect penalty’ and ‘Maths and the Marathon’ – we’re delighted to announce the winners of the two competitions following these classes! Both competitions were about how we can use Maths to help make…

‘The Magic Number’: Competition results

Following the Pre-GCSE Inspire talk delivered by Sammy Wright on ‘Why poems are like spells’, we’re delighted to announce the winners of the ‘Magic Number’ competition! This challenge was all about numbers in literature. If you look closely, there are certain numbers – such as two, three, seven, nine – which you will find recurring…