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Pupil and Parent Questionnaires

Please see below for the outcome of the pupil and parent questionnaires which took place in May 2018.

Parent Questionnaires

Parents were asked to complete an online questionnaire in May 2018. There were 242 children at the school at the time the survey was conducted and only 40 questionnaires were filled in (17% response rate). Due to the small sample size, the results are not a completely accurate representation of the views of parents whose children attend the school. However, the responses do provide an indication of how parents feel about various aspects of the school. The results of the questionnaire were very positive on the whole. Parents have a high opinion of the way children are looked after and given every opportunity to succeed academically. They feel that the school provides the children with good values and attitudes and that it is well led and managed. Parents feel welcome and reasonably well informed, and settling in arrangements for new pupils are very good. However, the results did indicate that not all parents feel that bullying is dealt with effectively, and some parents feel that the school could respond better to any concerns raised. In addition, not all children are satisfied with school dinners. Parents also feel that the school could play a more active role in the community. But the majority of parents have a very high overall opinion of the school and would recommend it to another parent.

Parents were asked what three things the school could do better. Suggestions provided included:

  • Better communication with parents
  • More sports activities

Parents were also asked what three things the school does best. Recurrent themes were:

  • Teaching and academic excellence
  • A good community feel

For the full report please click here

For a more detailed analysis (including open text responses) please click here

Pupil Questionnaires

In May 2018, pupils were asked to complete an online questionnaire, with the help of a teacher. There were 242 children at the school at the time the survey was conducted and a total of 128 questionnaires were filled in (53% response rate). The responses therefore provide a reasonably good indication of how pupils feel about various aspects of the school. The results of the questionnaire were very positive. Children feel safe and have fun at school. On the whole standards of behaviour are high, although bullying occurs occasionally. Children feel respected and supported by their teachers and they enjoy learning. Pupils want to do well academically and feel that they make good progress, but they also enjoy playtimes, clubs and school trips. The findings suggested that there may be a lack of consistency in the quality of school assemblies and indicated that the outdoor environment is not often used during lessons. However, on the whole children are happy at school, have good friends, always try their best and enjoy most aspects of school life.

Pupils were asked to list three great things about school. Various answers were given, including:

  • Maths lessons
  • Art lessons
  • Playtime/lunchtime
  • PE lessons 

Pupils were also asked to list three things they would improve about school. Suggestions given included:

  • Longer playtimes
  • Better play equipment
  • A school pet

For the full report please click here

For a more detailed analysis (including open text responses) please click here

 

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Our School Day - October 2018

Please see the attached details with the timings of our school day.

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The Bath Studio School
The Bath Studio School

Please see the statement regarding The Bath Studio School (Pdf, 61kb) released by the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust on Tuesday 23rd October 2018.

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St. John's is rated Outstanding - again!
St. John's is rated Outstanding - again!

St John’s Church of England Primary in Keynsham has ended the academic year on a high with another Outstanding judgement in its church inspection.

The school, which is also rated Outstanding by Ofsted, retained the top grade following a visit by inspector Carolyn Banfield earlier this month (July).

She said the Christian values at St John’s were deeply embedded and had significant impact on behaviour, attitudes and achievement.

"St John’s has a strong church school identity. It has developed an excellent Christian character and positive ethos which is immediately apparent and permeates all aspects of school life," her report noted.

Mrs Banfield said the school had "a strong moral compass" in which everyone sought the good in one another. “The impact is demonstrated through the choices pupils make, their exemplary behaviour and clear and trusting relationships.”

The inspector highlighted the "powerful" logo, depicting Jesus as the lamb of God, the new "celebrate and learn together" strapline, the impact of collective worship and the creation of a new spiritual garden.

The inspection, known as a  Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS), was the school’s first since it joined the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust in 2015.  Mrs Banfield said in her report: "Membership of the WMAT is mutually beneficial. Leadership capacity has increased and expertise is readily shared, resulting in high expectations and the implementation of excellent practice."

The inspector was highly complimentary about the leadership and management of the school, noting that all staff were committed to an education of the highest quality. She also praised the  governing body, the parish community and families for their support.

 WMAT Director of Primary Dr Matthew Cottrell said the report was wonderful news and reflected the significant improvements the school had made in the past year under the leadership of Head of School Mark Hilliam.

"St John's is a very special place, where everyone lives the school's values every day, and it is gratifying that the inspector has recognised this," he said. Mr Hilliam was delighted with the outcome of the inspection, which followed a similar judgement in  2013. 

"Mrs Banfield was particularly impressed with the children, who sung, prayed and spoke so well. She also praised the clear and distinctive ethos present in the school," he said. 

 "I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the children, staff and parents who contributed so much to this shared outstanding judgement. We can all be proud of the spiritual and academic education we are providing for the children in our care."

 A friendship bench dedicated to the memory of Malaysian air crash victim Ben Pocock forms the centrepiece of a new spiritual garden at St John’s Church of England Primary School in Keynsham.

The large carved wooden seat commemorates Ben, a former pupil  of the school, who died in 2014.

The garden has been designed by former Year 6 teacher Vanessa Adnitt. Children have worked with parent and governor Claire Lowe and parent volunteers to build the garden and plant flowers and crops. Wood for the project was provided by Dave Williams, of Keynsham Timber, and Tim Mason, another parent.

Head of School Mark Hilliam said: "We are very grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to support the creation of this garden. The planters, trellises and friendship bench are beautiful and have helped to make a very special space, where children and staff can relax and reflect."

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Breakfast club
Breakfast club

We are delighted to announce that from September 10th, Premier Sport will be running a breafast club every morning in the school hall. The club will run from 7:45am-8:45am, with breakfast served from 7:45am-8am.  For more details please see the letter (Pdf, 93kb)

Please also note that this club is run entirely by Premier Sport and NOT the school office - thank you.

For more information please see the Premier Sport breakfast club flyer (Pdf, 494kb)

 

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St. John's School receives an Outstanding SIAMS grade
St. John's School receives an Outstanding SIAMS grade

We are delighted to announce that following the SIAMS inspection on 11th July 2018, the school was graded Outstanding in all areas.

More information

Read the SIAM's inspection announcement from the school Pdf, 97kb) and the full SIAMS inspection report (Pdf, 125kb).

Please see the letter from Dr Cottrell (Pdf, 340kb)

 

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Scarlet fever letter
Scarlet fever letter

As there have been a very small number of confirmed cases of Scarlet Fever at St. John's, a letter has been sent out today with important advice and guidance from NHS England.

By following this advice parents can ensure appropriate treatment for children whilst minimising the risk of spreading infection.

For more information please see the scarlet fever letter (Pdf, 426kb)

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Purple Mash information for parents
Purple Mash information for parents

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Advice and guidance from NHS England regarding flu vaccinations
Advice and guidance from NHS England regarding flu vaccinations