The Office

Term dates

For academic years 2017/18 and 2018/19

2017 – 2018

Term 1

Start: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Finish: Friday 20th October 2017

Staff training days: Friday 1st September, Monday 4th September & Tuesday 5th September 2017

Term 2

Start: Tuesday 31st October 2017
Finish: Friday 15th December 2017

Staff training day: Monday 30th October 2017 WMAT conference

Term 3

Start: Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Finish: Friday 9th February 2018

Term 4

Start: Tuesday 20th February 2018
Finish: Friday 23rd March 2018

Staff training day: Monday 19th February 2018

Term 5

Start: Monday 9th April 2018
Finish: Thursday 24th May 2018

Staff training day: Friday 25th May 2018

Term 6

Start: Monday 4th June 2018
Finish: Friday 20th July 2018

Staff training day: Monday 23rd July 2018

Term dates 2017-2018 (Pdf, 174kb)


2018 – 2019

Term 1

Start: Wednesday 5th September 2018
Finish: Friday 26th October 2018

Staff training days: Monday 3rd September & Tuesday 4th September 2018

Term 2

Start: Tuesday 6th November 2018
Finish: Thursday 20th December 2018

Staff training day: Monday 5th November WMAT conference & Friday 21st December 2018

Term 3

Start: Monday 7th January 2019
Finish: Friday 15 February 2019

Term 4

Start: Tuesday 26th February 2019
Finish: Friday 5 April 2019

Staff training day: Monday 25th February 2019

Term 5

Start: Tuesday 23 April 2019
Finish: Thursday 23rd May 2019

Staff training day: Friday 24th May

Term 6

Start: Monday 3rd June 2019
Finish: Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Term dates 2018-2019 (Pdf, 191kb)

Public holidays

  • 25th December 2018 Christmas Day
  • 26th December 2018 Boxing Day
  • 1st January 2019 New Year’s Day
  • 19th April 2019 Good Friday
  • 22nd April 2019 Easter Monday
  • 6th May 2019 May Day
  • 27th May 2019 Spring Bank Holiday
School catering service

Welcome to Zest, the Multi Academy Trust's in-house catering service

Zest is proud to say it delivers great homemade food using fresh, healthy, local ingredients at an affordable price for our staff and students to enjoy.

See the current Zest menu for December - February 2018 (Pdf 273kb)

Admissions policy

Information + link to B&NES admission

If you are intending to apply for a place at our school then you may be interested to read our admissions policy (Pdf, 136kb).

For more information on school admissions please see the booklet a primary school for your child (Pdf, 1.4mb)

School newsletters

Get right up to date with what's been happening at St John's

Our School newsletters are sent home with the children. An electronic copy is also available to view below, starting with the most recent.

Latest issue

December 2017 Newsletter (Pdf 643kb)


December 2016 newsletter (Pdf, 578kb)
January 2017 newsletter (Pdf, 417kb)
March 2017 newsletter (Pdf, 294kb)
May 2017 newsletter (Pdf, 608kb)
July 2017 newsletter (Pdf, 336kb)
End of term 2017 newsletter (Pdf, 342kb)
September 2017 newsletter (Pdf, 875kb)
October 2017 newsletter (pdf, 639kb)
November 2017 newletter (Pdf, 609kb) Home school agreement (Pdf, 387kb)
Christmas Newsletter (Pdf, 247kb)


School money: online payments

From September 2017 the school will no longer take payment for any item in cash. Instead, parents and carers will need to use the online service called ‘School Money’. Parents will receive a unique password to be able to log on to School Money and pay for school meals, trips, music tuition and afterschool clubs.

For more information or to make an online payment to the school please go to:


School policy information

Please see our school attendance policy (Pdf, 191kb)

Music tuition

Music plays a big role in the life of St John's.

We are pleased to offer our pupils the opportunity to learn a variety of muical instruments during their time at the school.

Currently, we have teachers visiting the school who teach:

  • Flute
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Recorder
  • Brass
  • Guitar

All children in Year 3 have the opportunity to learn the violin.

A letter comes out annually in the summer term giving details of the arrangements for the following year.

Please speak to Mrs Manuel  for any further information.

School PTA

Get involved in fundraising

The PTA (officially known as St John's School Association) is open to parents, staff and governors who are interested in the welfare of the children and their school.

We hold a number of fund-raising events throughout the year and meet every couple of months to plan and discuss events.  We are always open to new members and anyone can join our meetings.  If you do not wish to join the PTA you can still support us by helping out at our fundraising events.

If you wish to be involved or find out more, please leave your contact detals with the school office.


Exciting upcoming events:

Christmas Fair

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our school fair.

Easter Fair
Tuesday 20th March 2018 (after school)

Annual parent/carer consultation

We are proud to publish our findings and responses to the school’s Parent Consultation Questionnaire (July 2016)

In brief:

We are proud to be the only church school in Keynsham. Our denominational status makes our school both unique and special. Our school is founded upon Christian values and high expectations which are embodied in our ethos statement. This can be found in the school prospectus and on the school website. We were, of course, incredibly proud of being assessed as being an ‘outstanding church school’ following inspection by the Church of England in June 2013

Read the full Parent questionnaire summary July 2016 (Pdf, 264kb)


School policy and ordering links

At St John's School Church of England Primary School we expect all children to wear uniform.  The colours are mid-grey and royal blue. The uniform comprises:

White/blue blouse, polo-shirt or shirt

  • Royal blue sweatshirt/cardigan/jumper
  • Mid-grey skirt, pinafore or trousers

Trousers worn by girls and boys must be mid-grey, straight legged and tailored.  No boot leg or hipster trousers are allowed. Trousers with fashion accessories eg leg pockets are not allowed for boys or girls.

The school sweatshirt and sweat-cardigan has the school logo on it and is part of the uniform. We also have a polo-type T-shirt with the school logo.  The sweatshirt and polo-shirts are available through the school.   

Almost all the items of clothing may be bought from a variety of shops and chain stores at a variety of prices. 

We expect children to wear suitable footwear to school.  Children must not wear trainers, fashion boots, shoes or open toe sandals for school. The children should also have a sunhat which can stay in school at all times.           

It is essential that all children have a waterproof coat or anorak.  A waterproof fleece with the school logo may be ordered through the school if parents wish. 

It is important that all items of clothing are clearly marked since it is almost impossible to identify lost shoes, shirts etc. 


Children must not wear jewellery to school for Health and Safety reasons. If earrings are worn they should be of the stud type and one only worn in each ear.


Children should not be sent to school with extreme haircuts or hairstyles.  Long hair should be tied back for health and safety reasons.

Children must not bring to school any items of great value, as we are not covered for loss or damage to pupils' property. 

Each child should have their own overall for art/craft activities.  An old shirt with the sleeves shortened and elasticised and worn back to front is ideal.

PE clothing

Shorts and T-shirts for PE can be purchased from the school.  Fashion or cycling shorts are not acceptable as suitable clothing for physical education.  Daps should either be the slip-on type (particularly suitable for younger children) or Velcro.  A change of footwear must be available in school for PE.            

Children in the Reception class will also need a pair of wellingtons in a separate waterproof bag and a sun-hat for the summer terms (all items to be named please).


Children will need appropriate swimming costume or swimming trunks when swimming lessons are taken.  Children with long hair must have it tied back during swimming lessons.