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:

  • 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

If you need to contact Claire Lowe our Chair of Governors please email: or tel: 0117 986 3824.

Louisa Aldridge: Parent Governor
Term of office: 2 October 2017 - 1 October 2021

Mrs Claire Graham: Headteacher and Ex Officio
Term of office:
 2 September 2019 - not applicable

Tom Gent: Foundation Governor
Term of office: 
1 September 2015 - 31 August 2019

Claire Lowe: Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor
Term of office: 
10 April 2017 - 9  April 2021

Jonathan Medlin: Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 
19 April 2018 - 18 April 2022

Rev'd Dr Stephen M'Caw: Foundation Governor (Ex Officio) 
Term of office: not applicable

Joanna Powell: Staff Governor
Term of office: 22 October 2018 - 21 October 2022

Duncan Tyler: Parent Governor
Term of Office: 28 November 2018 - 27 November 2022

Sandra Yeoman: Staff Governor
Term of office: 23 February 2018 - 22 February 2022

Clerk to Governors:
Tel: 0117 986 3824 

Further information

Structure of Governance

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


Our staff

Headteacher: Mrs Claire Graham
Assistant Head Teachers: Mrs Samantha Bruton & Miss Joanna Powell
SENCO/Inclusion Leader: Miss Joanna Powell
Office Administrator: Mrs Aimee Clark
Clerical Assistant: Mrs Emma Ward
Finance Assistant: Mrs Julia Barnes
Site Manager: Ms Mandy Perrin
Specialist Lead School Nurse: Fiona McGlynn (t: 01225 831666)

Reception Teacher: Mrs Samantha Bruton
Year 1 Teacher: Mrs Rebeca Esmonde
Year 2 Teacher: Mr Tom Livingston
Year 3 Teacher: Miss Hollie Lewis
Year 4P Miss Joanna Powell
Year 4SJ Teachers: Mrs Catherine Singleton (Monday-Wednesday) Mrs Laura Jefferis (Wednesday – Friday)
Year 5 Teacher: Miss Katie Pilkington
Year 6 Teacher: Miss Katie Bowers

Specialist Teaching Planning Cover: Mrs Katherine Hillier

Learning Assistant: Mrs Leasa Luker
Learning Assistant: Mrs Lynne Pitts
Learning Assistant: Mrs Karen Rhys-Jones
Learning Assistant: Mrs Claire Williams
Learning Assistant: Mrs Trasee Terry
Learning Assistant: Mrs Deborah Warren
Learning Assistant: Mrs Sandra Yeoman

Kitchen Manager: Mrs Dawn Stephenson
Kitchen Assistant: Mrs Tina Heaton
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Linda Brewer
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Yvonne Kendall
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Karen Rhys-Jones
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Barbara Stentaford
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Sue Tate


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 Ofsted 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 in July 2018.

Read the full SIAMS inspection report (Pdf, 124kb)


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.



We are a fully inclusive mainstream primary school, committed to supporting and challenging all pupils to achieve their full potential.

More information

Our SENCO/Inclusion Leader, Miss Joanna Powell, can be contacted by emailing


Parents, Teachers Association (PTA)

The PTA (officially known as St John's School Association) is open to parents, carers, 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 details with the school office.


If you’re planning on shopping online, please register and shop with Easyfundraising. You’ll be helping to raise funds at no extra cost to you – it’s fundraising for free with thousands of retailers are included. To sign up to Easyfundraising you can register here.

Minutes of meetings


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: Class service led by the childrem or the class teacher related to the theme

Tuesday: Whole School Service related to the theme

Wednesday: Whole school 'Clergy' Service  - Led by Reverend M'Caw or another member of the church team.

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

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

Collective Worship themes:


Our school day

YR and KS1

8.55am = Children come in to class

10.35-10.55am = Playtime

12.00-1.00pm =  Lunchtime

3.15pm End of the school day


8.50am =  Children come in to class

10.35-10.55am =  Playtime

12.15-1.10pm = Lunchtime

3.15pm = End of the school day




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!


Feedback: your views

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At St John's CofE Primary 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.

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School Meals Supervisory Assistant vacancy

We are seeking a school meals supervisory assistant. This is a part time, term time only position for three hours per week (12.00 to 13.00 Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) with a fixed term contract (until 31st July 2020).

For more information please see the job advert (Pdf) alongside the job description (Pdf). If you would like to apply then please complete an application form (Docx) and return to

The closing deadline for applications: 6th December 2019, interviews TBA

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



E-Safety Day

E-Safety day takes place in February each year.

The children learn about how to stay safe online, participating in a variety of age appropriate activities throughout the day.


Sport and PE premium funding

In the academic year 2019-20, £18 100 of funding has been allocated to St John’s Primary School.  Please see how we plan to spend this funding here.


In the academic year 2017-18, £18 100 of funding was allocated to St John’s Primary School.  

Please see the report from 2016-17 (Pdf, 80kb) which outlines how the funding was applied during 2016-17.

Purpose of the funding

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.

Funding allocation for St John's 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 as part of their Curriculum and Stay Active courses. 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. This has resulted in greater participation in team sports and has enabled all children to improve on their games and team work skills.
  • Swimming lessons - children in years 3 and 4 attend a block of swimming lessons to learn key skills, water safety, improved stroke technique and water confidence.
  • 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. The impact of this has been a sustained and clear improvement in children's confidence and gymnastic skills.
  • Specialist sports coaches used for lunchtime motivational club, encouraging healthy life-styles and positive self-esteem for children who are disengaged. As a result all children have had the opportunity to participate in playground games and have benefited from acquiring team skills and increased confidence during playtimes.
  • New sport clubs - children are provided with opportunities to trial new sports, in order to facilitate an interest and engagement in a healthy lifestyle. These run for at least one term, and longer if they prove popular. We now have a wide range of after-school provision for children, including yoga and multi-sports.
  • Professional development opportunities in PE through working alongside experienced coaches. Teachers attend training courses which indicate our priority areas. Funding allows us to contribute financially towards the ongoing Partnership team.  The partnership runs training days and deploys experts to take curriculum blocks of work. One example is training children to become playground play leaders to deliver playtime games.
  • 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. 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. One impact of this funding has been greater involvement in sports competitions between schools, for example our winning netball team.
  • PE and Sport equipment is regularly purchased and updated to ensure that provision can be met.
  • After-school sport clubs have been provided from the PE premium to allow all children to participate if they wish to.

Contact us


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

Tel: 0117 9863824

Enquiries: Mrs Aimee Clark

Headteacher: Mrs Claire Graham
Chair of the Governing body: Mrs Claire Lowe

Specialist Lead School Nurse: Fiona McGlynn (tel: 01225 831666)

St John's CofE Primary School is part of Wellsway Multi Acaemy Trust
Registered office: Chandag Road, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1PH
Tel: 0117 946 1229

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 07746787