Governing Body

The Governing Body of St John's School is made up of a range of people from many different backgrounds, including representatives from St John's Church (known as Foundation Governors), the Local Community, Parents and Staff. All Governors are volunteers and we offer our time, skills and experience to help run the School.

What the Governing Body does

The role of the Governing Body is to work with the Head Teacher and Staff to offer all children at St John's the best educational opportunities possible.  Our main task is in the area of school improvement - in practice, we continually try to make the school the best it can be. Running the school on a daily basis is the responsibility of the Head and Staff - the Governing Body is responsible for:

  • managing the school's budget
  • ensuring that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • reporting on the standards being achieved
  • the appointment of senior staff and
  • developing and maintaining a strategic vision for the school that reflects our distinctive Christian character and values.

Following on from an inspection by Ofsted, Governors have to draw up an action plan for the school in response to the inspection report.

How the Governing Body works

Governors meet as a Full Governing Body six times in an academic year. Business is conducted through meetings where we make decisions collectively as a team. Our role is strategic, while the Head, with whom we work closely, has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the school. Meetings take place early in the evening - around 6pm - and can involve a lot of paperwork so it helps to have read what we can in advance.

As well as meeting together regularly as a Governing Body, Governors like to come and visit the school and be involved in school life. We particularly enjoy attending events like concerts, sporting events, festivals and Church Services where we can celebrate the achievements of the children as well as sharing in significant moments in the life of the school. Above all, we hope to support the staff of the school in creating a safe, happy and pleasant environment in which to learn and play together.

Becoming a Governor

  • Foundation Governors are nominated by St John's Church in consultation with the Archdeacon of Bath and Wells.
  • Parent Governors are elected by parents for a fixed term of 4 years. Parents are advised in writing when a vacancy for a Parent Governor arises. This could be because a Governor completes their term of office or because they stand down. Full details of the eligibility criteria and the process for nominations and any election are provided at the time.
  • Staff Governors are members of the School staff who are elected by the staffing body (both teaching and non-teaching).
  • Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Trust to represent community interests or to bring specific skills to the Governing Body 

Our Current Governing Body

Mr Malcolm Broad MBE: Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Governing body
Mr Graham Shaw: Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair of the Governing Body
Rev'd Dr Stephen M'Caw: Rector and Ex Officio Foundation Governor
Mr Tom Gent: Foundation Governor.
Mrs Claire Lowe: Foundation Governor
Mrs Angela Conlon: Parent Governor
Vacancy: Parent Governor
Mr John Kiely: Co-opted Governor
Mrs Natalie Bates: Parent Governor
Mr Mark Hilliam: Headteacher and Ex Officio Staff Governor
Mr Ed Nall: Staff Governor


Our Governor biographies (Pdf, 254kb)
Table of declared interests for the Governors (Pdf, 255kb)

Structure of Governance

For more information see the structure of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust Board.


Our staff

Headteacher: Mark Hilliam
Deputy Headteacher: Samantha Bruton

Inclusion Leader: Joanna Powell    
Office Manager/PA to Headteacher: Victoria Manuel
Finance Assistant: Julia Barnes
Site Manager: Ed Nall

Reception Teacher: Rebecca Stenner
Year 1 Teacher: Laura Jefferis
Year 2VB Teacher: Samantha Bruton (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Wendy Vye (Thursday and Friday)
Year 2D Teacher: Rachel Davis
Year 3 Teacher: Susan Bindon (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Samantha Bruton (Thursday and Friday)
Year 4 Teacher: Katherine Hillier (Monday and Tuesday) and Catherine Singleton (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Year 5 Teacher: Stephanie Morgan
Year 6 Teacher: Joanna Powell

Teaching Assistants: Ann Haines
Teaching Assistants: Leasa Luker
Teaching Assistants: Karen Rhys-Jones
Teaching Assistants: Sue Rice
Teaching Assistants: Diane Turner
Teaching Assistants: Deborah Warren
Teaching Assistants: Sandra Yeoman
Teaching Assistants: Lynne Pitts
Teaching Assistants: Kelly Shearing

Kitchen Manager: Dawn Bell
Kitchen Assistants: Tina Heaton
Kitchen Assistants: Klaire Sands
Kitchen Assistants: Carla Cottrell
School Meals Assistant: Linda Brewer
School Meals Assistant: Michelle Merrett
School Meals Assistant: Aimee Clark
School Meals Assistant: Sue Tate
School Meals Assistant: Yvonne Kendall
School Meals Assistant: Julia Norris
School Meals Assistant: Kelly Lucas
School Meals Assistant: Lisa Baxter


Latest Ofsted Report

St John's School's most recent OFSTED was in May 2013.

Amongst other things, OFSTED said that:

"The outstanding quality of teaching across the school starting from Reception, means that children get off to an excellent start and continue to thrive in both Key Stages 1 and 2 within a stimulating and inclusive environment."

"The school pursues a highly effective, creative and imaginative approach to education that interests pupils greatly."

"The behaviour of all pupils is outstanding, both in and outside the classroom. Pupils work hard and show interest and concern for one another. They are very proud of the school and their achievements."

"Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school’s success and underpins all of the school’s strengths."

You can read the full Offsted report (Pdf, 172kb)


Latest SIAMS Report

We are delighted to share our outstanding SIAMS report following an inspection by the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools.

Read the full SIAMS report (Pdf, 162kb)


SATs results

Our latest SATs results for KS1 & 2 are below, together with results from the EYFS and Year 1 Phonic Screening Test:

If you'd like to read more about the school then please see the School Profile and Performance Tables


Local offer for SEND children

Please find the details of St. John's Local Offer (Pdf, 358kb) in response to the Governments request for all schools to publish their SEN provision.


Collective worship

At St. John's Church of England Primary School the children participate in a daily act of collective worship. Teaching staff and members of the school/church community lead services every day in the school hall. These usually follow the pattern:

Monday: Whole school service (where a theme is introduced) - Led by Mr Hilliam

Tuesday & Thursday: Key Stages 1 and 2 each have a service - Led by a member of staff

Wednesday: Whole school 'Clergy' Service (developing Monday's theme) - Led by Reverend M'Caw or another member of the church team.

Friday: Whole school celebration service (where certificates, medals, etc... are awarded) - Led by Mr Cottrell

Collective Worship Themes:

We follow a series of themes throughout the term. Please click on the links below to review our previous and upcoming themes:


Collective Worship themes for Autumn Term 2016 (Pdf, 16kb)

Collective Worship themes for Spring Term 2017 (Pdf, 16kb)

Collective Worship themes for Summer Term 2017 (Pdf, 162kb)



Sustainability at St John's School

Eco-committee News! 

October 2016 - Getting Green Fingers!

The eco-committee have been really busy this term clearing the garden beds of weeds and plating over-wintering vegetables: curly kale, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, leeks, beetroot and potatoes! We will soon be looking to see what else we can do to make our school a greener place to be!

April 2016

St John's has now elected its new eco-council who are already full of fantastic ideas!  We will soon be digging over the vegetable patches to plant out onions for Keynsham's onion growing competition!  All classes planted these in small pots earlier in the year.  We hope to become more wildlife friendly by attracting insects and birds.

Inside the school, eco-monitors will be checking lights and taps have been switched off to save electricity and water.  St John's has already achieved the Silver Eco-Schools Award so its efforts will now be focused on achieving the Green Flag award.

What we did to achieve our Bronze award

The Green Team at St John's is very proud as it feels the school has reached Bronze status in the Eco-School's scheme.

This is what we have done so far:

  •  The children entered a logo competition to design a logo for the Green Team. The Green team shortlisted 10 and the whole school will be choosing the winning logo. Look for the new logo on the website soon!
  • We have created the vegetable garden in the school grounds to encourage children to learn about healthy food, and to make yummy snacks for the school kitchen!
  • We held our first 'Recycling week' in May and the children learnt a lot about reducing waste and recycling more. We held a 'zero waste' packed lunch day to see how we could eat without harming the environment.
  • Our new school play area is being built in a way that will not harm the environment. We are using local sustainable wood, and all materials are being bought from as close to school as possible. We think the new play area will provide space for wildlife and be a positive contribution to the school's biodiversity.

What are we planning to do next?

The Green Team has been all around the school to look at how we use water, energy, paper and food.  It has interviewed Mr Cottrell, teachers, and other people. 

The Green Team has made an Action Plan with ideas for making St John's even greener over the next few months.  Look out for - more recycling, people to make sure lights and water are being used safely, and other exciting projects!


Staff vacancies

At St John's School we are committed to the protection and safety of its pupils.

The school complies with the DBS Code of Practice in regard to criminal record information; it will not discriminate unfairly against any applicant on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.

NB: The Eteach job advertisements may take a while to load, please be patient.

You may also be interested in the career opportunities within the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.




School E-Safety Day: 7th February 2017

Today the children learnt about e-safety during our 'Safer Internet Day'. The day started with an assembly from Sergeant Gent, a parent and governor from the school. Children undertook a variety of activities during the day including colouring in their 'Smartie the Penguin' or 'Digi Duck' e-safety badges.

Mr Hilliam & Mrs Bruton gave a talk to parents about e-safety issues for children at home. View the presentation used at the talk (Pdf, 355kb)



Sport and PE premium funding

All schools are receiving additional funding from the government, to support the development of sports and P.E. across their establishment. Funding must be used to facilitate additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of P.E. and Sport within the school, and to encourage healthy and active lifestyles. 

What is the Sports Premium?

The government is providing funding of £150 million per year for the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the first two years –  The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

An amount of £9,775 is the total funding in this area, allocated to St Johns Primary, for the academic year of 2016-2017. 

Purpose of the funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this, albeit within the guidelines set out above.

St Johns Primary is part of a strong and established School Sports Partnership which supports our school closely in the delivery and provision of high quality P.E. and Sport. Please see the Menu 2016-17 (Pdf, 1.8Mb) which outlines all opportunities offered through this network.  We are extremely fortunate to be able to access high quality specialist teachers from the Partnership who regularly come and support the children and staff.

Menu 2016-17 (Pdf, 1.8Mb)

Funding allocation for St John's for 2016 -2017 includes:

  • Specialist PE teachers or sports coaches to work alongside teachers delivering curriculum - class teachers work with providers from 'Premier Sport' to deliver curriculum tuition for KS2 in Games. This is used to provide teachers with opportunities for professional development, which can be self- sustaining in the longer term. This provider also contributes to the assessment of pupils, and provides opportunities to signpost children who are gifted, towards joining outside agencies for further development in a field. This provider ensures  intra - school competition. 
  • Specialist gymnastic coach for KS2 pupils provides expert tuition, working alongside the class teacher, providing professional delivery and training for staff which can be sustained in the longer term. The coach provides for intra -school competition also.
  • Specialist sports coaches used for lunch -time motivational club, encouraging healthy life-styles and positive self-esteem for children who are dis-engaged.  Children in KS2 nominate a positive partner and have an opportunity for structured play with clear boundaries and  motivation through games and competition. 
  • New  sport clubs - children are provided with opportunities to trial new sports, in order to facilitate an interest and engagement in a healthy lifestyle in the longer -term. We have been instrumental in offering clubs for Basketball, hockey, Zumba, handball, lacross, fencing, badminton, and multi-sports.  These have run for at least one term, and longer if interest has been sustained.  
  • Professional development opportunities in P.E. through working alongside experienced coaches. Teachers attend training courses - see the attached 'Menus' above which indicate our priority areas. Funding allows us to contribute financially towards the ongoing Partnership team.  The partnership runs  training days, deploys experts to take curriculum blocks of work within our Primary school, eg. in the area of Dance for KS1 , enhancing the provision of high quality teaching and learning and supporting teaching staff in their continued professional development.  
  • Sports competitions, and increased participation in school games.  St John's is part of the Sports Partnership which encourages frequent participation in festivals and in inter-school competition, see the Menu 2016-17 (Pdf, 1.8Mb). St John's regularly attends Swimming, Gymnastics and Cricket competitions held through the year and has just begun to attend a High 5 Netball friendly league.
  • P.E. and Sport equipment is regularly purchased and updated to ensure that provision can be met. However, this year, a small fire inside the main storage area for games equipment has eradicated nearly all of our previously well stocked games resources, and so has presented us with very challenging times.  Fortunately our external  KS2 games coaches have been able to access equipment, allowing provision to be met despite this. 
  • After-school sport clubs have been provided from the PE premium to allow children without an immediate interest in a sport to attend clubs like fencing, without financial constraints preventing them.  This has engendered an interest in physical activity which was not previously explored by some individual children. 

Contact us


St John's CofE Primary School,
Charlton Park,
BS31 2NB

Tel: 0117 9863824