Academy Governance Committee (AGC)

The Academy Governance Committee 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 Academy Governance Committee does

The role of the Academy Governance Committee 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 Academy Governance Committee 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 Academy Governance Committee 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 four 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 AGC to represent community interests or to bring specific skills to the Governing Body 

Our current Academy Governance Committee

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 2025

Mrs Claire Graham: Headteacher Ex Officio
Term of office:
 2 September 2019

Tom Gent: Foundation Governor
Term of office: 
27 February 2020 - 26 February 2024

Claire Lowe: Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor
Term of office: 
13 April 2021 - 12 April 2025

Jonathan Medlin: Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 
19 April 2018 - 18 April 2026

Rev'd Dr Stephen M'Caw: Foundation Governor (Ex Officio) 
Term of office: finished 7 July 2021

Jennifer O'Reilly: Parent Governor
Term of office: 1 July 2021 - 31 June 2025

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 2026

Clerk to Governors:
Tel: 0117 986 3824 

Further information

Structure of Governance


Our staff

Headteacher: Mrs Claire Graham

Deputy Head Teacher: Mrs Samantha Bruton

Assistant Head Teacher: Miss Joanna Powell

SENCO/Inclusion Leader: Mrs Laura Chard
Office Administrator: Mrs Aimee Clark
Clerical Assistant: Mrs Emma Ward
Site Manager: Ms Mandy Perrin
Specialist Lead School Nurse: Fiona McGlynn (t: 01225 831666)

Reception Teacher: Mrs Samantha Bruton
Year 1 Teacher: Miss Megan Rees
Year 2 Teacher: Mr Tom Livingston
Year 3 Teacher: Miss Hollie Lewis
Year 4 Teachers: Mrs Catherine Singleton and Mrs Laura Jefferis
Year 5 Teacher: Miss Joanna Powell
Year 6KP Teacher: Miss Katie Pilkington
Year 6KB Teacher: Miss Katie Bowers

Specialist Teaching Planning Cover: Mrs Katherine Hillier

Pastoral and Learning Support Mentor: Mrs Sandra Yeoman

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: Miss Isabel Taylor
Learning Assistant: Mrs Rachel Barnett

Kitchen Manager
Kitchen Assistant: Mrs Tina Heaton

School Meals Supervisor: Mrs Sarah Ford
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Louise Lockyer
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Karen Rhys-Jones
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Barbara Stentaford


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 Government's School Profile and Performance Tables here.



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

More information

Our SENDCo/Inclusion Leader, Mrs Laura Chard, can be contacted by emailing


Equality objectives

Our equality objectives:

  • To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experience, both in and beyond the school.  
  • To ensure that all pupils are given similar opportunities with regards to after-school clubs and activities 
  • To eradicate prejudice related to bullying in relation to the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010 
  • Actively close gaps in attainment and achievement between pupils and all groups of pupils; especially students eligible for free-school meals, students with special educational needs and disabilities and looked after children.

For more information please see the equality and diversity policy


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

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: Whole school service related to the theme 

Friday: Hymn practice 

Collective Worship themes:


Our school day

All classes

8.50am = Start of school day

10.15-10.30am (Y1/2, Y5/6) or 10.30-10.45am (YR, Y3/4) = Playtime

12.00-1.00pm =  Lunchtime

3.15pm End of the school day




Sustainability at St John's School

Eco-committee news 2019 – 2020

St John's has now elected its new eco-council members who are already full of fantastic ideas!

What have we done so far?

  1. Eco council wanted to ensure that we were helping our planet by turning off lights when they were not needed. The eco team made posters and attached them next to light switches around the school to remind everyone to switch the lights off. Eco will be checking lights have been switched off to save electricity.
  2. Eco council held a 'Recycling Assembly' and the children learnt about reducing waste and recycling more. Eco members made a ‘Crisp Packet Recycling Box’ and introduced this to the school. All children now place their crisp packets in the box after lunch and once the box is full the packets get sent off to be recycled. Our eco monitors check, sort and remind pupils to recycle their waste to help our environment and community. 
  3. Eco council decided that they wanted to raise money to help the koalas injured in the Australia bush fires. We held a fundraising event and raised around £600. Each class was able to adopt a koala and plant some trees to help the wildlife in Australia.

What are we planning to do next?

Eco council want to improve the bike and scooter storage at our school to ensure more children scoot or cycle to school to reduce pollution and help our environment.

We have begun a ‘Travel Action Plan’ to gain funding for St John's to improve eco travel. Look out for more exciting days to support our travel project!


Feedback: your views

Parent View provides parents and carers an opportunity to give their views on the school.

To give your views please login to Parent View



St John's CofE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Eligibility to work in the UK

You must have, or be able to obtain before you start, permission to work in the UK. Further information is available on the UK Border Agency website.

Criminal convictions

The school will undertake an enhanced DBS check for the successful applicant. If you have a criminal record, you must tell us about all 'spent' and 'unspent' cautions and convictions.

We ask that you also tell us about any police reprimands/cautions/warnings that may be revealed by the request of an enhanced disclosure from the DBS. If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to bring identification to the interview and, if appointed, you will be required to complete a DBS check at an enhanced level.


We will obtain references for the successful applicant. All offers of employment are made subject to the receipt of two references, which we regard as satisfactory.

If any of your previous roles (voluntary or paid) involved working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, we will ask for information about past disciplinary issues relating to these vulnerable groups (including any in which the time penalty is 'time expired') and whether you have been subject to any child/vulnerable adult protection concerns and the outcome of any enquiry or disciplinary procedures.


Our selection process is based on each individual's own merits and abilities. The information provided in your application is evidence and used against the essential and desirable criteria required for the post. 


If you are selected for interview, we will contact you with the details of the interview and explain what you need to bring. Our selection processes normally consist of a full interview programme and involves an opportunity to meet some other staff and students. For some roles you may be asked to take part in a written/practical/skills exercise.

Pre-employment checks

All offers of employment are made subject to pre-employment checks including a medical questionnaire and reference returns.


Robust procedures are in place to ensure that staff who have access to children, young people and vulnerable adults or access to sensitive information about children, young people and vulnerable adults are employed safely.

Further information

• Child protection and safeguarding policy
• Safer recruitment policy



E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying here

You can access the DofE online parents support website called Parent Info here

It's important to remember that the legal age to have an account on most social media - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Snapchat - is 13 years old.

At Home

As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves.  It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.  But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. 

You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face.  Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.  Here are some conversation starter ideas from

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online

Parent Resources 

To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites below which are fantastic resources.  They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.

Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents which you can download here.  

At School

As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. 

Every February, the children take part in 'Safer Internet Day', where they participate in activities linked to staying safe online.

Parent Fact Sheets & Guides To Popular Social Media 

Click on the following links to find some useful parental guides to the following social media 



Tik Tok (formally Musically)




Sport and PE premium funding

In the academic year 2021-22, £18 100 of funding has been allocated to St John’s Primary School. Please see how we plan to spend this funding, please also see the report from 2020-21 and 2019-2020, which outlines how the funding was applied during these time.

Purpose of the funding

St John's Primary is part of a strong and established School Sports Partnership which supports our school closely in the delivery and provision of high quality PE and Sport.