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Welcome to St John’s CE Primary

St. John’s is a happy, caring church school having strong community links with a distinctive christian ethos. We provide a warm and welcoming learning environment where everyone is valued and encouraged to reach their potential. Visitors often compliment us on the children’s confidence and positive atmosphere in school. We know children learn best when they are happy, we live by our school vision statement. All different and equal: All learning together in God’s world.

Mrs Sally Quirk
Headteacher

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Ofsted says…

‘The staff and Governors have a clear vision for the school that promotes the achievement of every pupil within a caring community based on Christian values.’

‘Pupils learn in a happy, calm, friendly atmosphere. They are keen to help one another and strong relationships throughout the school build trust and confidence.’

‘There is a strong culture of nurturing and support, combined with high expectations.’

‘The extraordinary extra-curricular programme supports learning really well.’

‘Pupils benefit from the quality and range of sporting activities and clubs as well as the rich provision for music throughout the school.’

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Latest news

  • A Fun Week 17 October 2019 - This week, the final one before half term, has certainly been full-on. Monday saw the second Open Morning for prospective new families.  Approximately 20 families were taken round the school by Year 6 pupils to meet all the staff and experience the atmosphere of St John’s. Once again the children were the stars, impressing everyone […]
  • Primary School Rugby Festival 11 October 2019 - A great afternoon of rugby, well organised by Sevenoaks Rugby Club and played in an impressive sporting atmosphere by all the schools. Oscar, Andrew, Katy, Oliver, Adam, Ben, Isabella and Chiamaka represented St John’s and all their four matches were end-to-end games which were really hard fought with the results being so close.  In any […]
  • Primary School Rugby Training 20 September 2019 - A few of St John’s Key Stage 2 pupils took part in a rugby training session organised by Sevenoaks Rugby Club yesterday afternoon on their ground. 50 pupils from a variety of local primary schools were there. They were split into 4 groups and then had 4 20 min training sessions with each of the […]
  • End of Term 23 July 2019 - I have the very privileged position of being a Governor here and in the present times when we badly need Leadership and the right examples to be set it, gives me great confidence that with the Leadership we have at St John’s from Sally and her entire team; together with the co-operation, help and support […]

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Diary

Half term
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: 26 October 2019 - 12:00 am
Little John's
Starts: 2:00 pm
Ends: 22 October 2019 - 3:15 pm
Location: School hall
First day of term
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: 29 October 2019 - 12:00 am
Yr 1 Forest School
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: 28 October 2019 - 12:30 pm
Description: Over the past five years several classes have been enjoying learning through the Forest School initiative, and I am pleased to confirm that we are continuing to roll this provision out to classes within the school. A Forest School is a time when a group of children are taken to familiar woodland to play and learn. Some of the play will be directed and some will be child led.
They will be given time to play together and work as a team. They will be given time to be alone, to work independently or just to enjoy the environment. Forest Schools help children feel adventurous. We allow them to explore and be full of life. At St John’s we also give opportunities for the children to complete some of their science learning in the Forest.
This year we are very grateful to Sevenoaks Prep School who are giving us the opportunity for Forest School, for our younger children, to be held on their site and providing us with the expertise of their forest leader, Mrs Lucy McGilchrist.
Year 1 have ten weeks of forest school spanning across Terms 1 and 2, commencing next Monday 16th September up to, and including, Monday 2nd December.
The class has been divided into two groups, and each group will attend on alternate weeks.
Group 1
Mon 16th & 30th Sept 28th Oct, 11th & 25th Nov
Group 2
Mon 23rd Sept, 7th Oct, 4th & 18th Nov, 2nd Dec
Each group will be transported from school to the designated forest area and back by school minibus during the school day.
We will go out in all weathers, except for strong winds (due to the danger of falling branches). Therefore, it is important that the children are well prepared for the outdoors. This means keeping them dry and warm as far as possible. All children should come to school on Forest School days in home clothes with long sleeves and long trousers (ideally clothes you don’t mind getting muddy), and they will also need wellies, warm socks, hat and gloves (please refer to the attached information sheet). We have a set of waterproof clothing for each child (jacket and trousers), which they will wear over the top of their own clothing. I must stress that they are only windproof and children must wear a warm coat and clothing underneath.
We are looking forward to the next series of outdoor learning days, which will help the children to work together, co-operationally and courteously.
Yours sincerely,
Sally Quirk
Headteacher
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Meet the classes

Reception

Mrs Canniford (nee Allen) 

As their first year at school I believe it is crucial to ensure that first and foremost children feel happy and secure coming into school. This year is not only about building the foundations of the curriculum, phonics, literacy, maths, physical development, creative arts and understanding the world; it is also about encouraging children to become more independent learners.

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Class 1

Miss Giles

In Year 1 the children make the transition from Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1. Not only is the curriculum new, but the expectation for independence and concentration is increased. The transition is gradual, moving from largely play-led learning to a more formal style.

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Class 2

Mrs Temp

During this pivotal year, we encourage the children to flourish, becoming more independent and confident in themselves and in their learning. We will be preparing the children for their SATS at the end of the year, as well as their transition into Key stage 2.

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Class 3

Miss Prendergast / Mrs Clark  

This year we begin the transition to Key Stage 2. We learn how to become more independent and build confidence in ourselves as responsible learners.

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Class 4

Mrs Casewell / Mrs Hollands

This year we begin to prepare the children for their transition to Upper Key Stage 2. We learn to become more independent, focused, mature and responsible learners. We begin to take an active role in our own learning, developing our curiosity and questioning, whilst developing critical thinking skills.

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Class 5

Mrs Grimble / Mr Grobel


This year we begin to prepare the children for their transition to Upper Key Stage 2. We learn to become more independent, focused, mature and responsible learners. We begin to take an active role in our own learning, developing our curiosity and questioning, whilst developing critical thinking skills.  

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Class 6

Mrs Mackelworth / Mrs Gillhouley

This year we begin to prepare the children for greater independency in their learning. They learn to become more independent, focused, mature and responsible learners.  The children begin to take an active role in our own learning, developing their curiosity and questioning, whilst developing critical thinking skills.

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Class 6W

Mrs Legg / Mrs Woodhouse

This year we begin to prepare the children for their transition to secondary school. Part of this preparation involves taking on new roles and responsibilities, such as the role of house captain, sports captain, tuck shop manager and sports reporter in addition to the school council representatives. 

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