Welcome to St John’s CE(A) Primary School.

“Hand in hand we pray together, learn together and grow together.”

St John’s CE(A) Primary School opened in September 2005 in a new building with extensive grounds and serves the community of Trent Vale, Springfields and Penkhull. As a new voluntary aided primary school we endeavour to serve the community of Trent Vale. We aim to provide a quality education in a safe, secure and happy environment where all children are valued. We endeavour to achieve high standards in all aspects of school life.

We are a happy and caring school with good home/school links. The school is a two storey building built with many eco features.The new build projects incorporate passive environmental measures providing low maintenance, high quality, energy efficient, naturally lit environments for the pupils and staff.

We have:
- Library
- ICT Suite
- Pond/Science area
- 3 playgrounds
- 2 FS playground areas
- Sports area
- Sports field

The school has a Foundation Unit, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classrooms built in a circular design, all on the ground floor.

The atmosphere of the school is quiet and industrious with excellent relationships. It is a very welcoming school. There are many exciting learning opportunities and activities.

We have been awarded:
- Full Extended School status
- Healthy Schools status and Active Mark
- Silver ECO Award
- Stoke Speaks Out Level 4 Communication Friendly Award
- Primary Science Quality Mark Silver Award
- International Schools Intermediate Award
- Level 1 Dyslexia Friendly Award

Obtained awards and logos

To view our prospectus click here for a .pdf version of the document. In order to view it, you will need a pdf viewer which can be downloaded from here for free.

The December 2012/January 2013 published league tables of KS2 results puts St Johns 11th out of 66 city schools with the best results of all schools in the area. This is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to all the staff, governors, pupils and parent carers who have worked so well together to give our pupils the best possible education. Click here to view the OFSTED report 13th - 14th December 2012. This along with our SATs and SIAS reports can be found here.

Achievements and dates of interest

Dates for your Diary

Monday 18th July
Y5/6 Stanley Head Visit
Tuesday 19th July
Y1/2 Stanley Head Visit
Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th July
Level 2 Cycling Course (Y5’s from Y4/5 Class)
Wednesday 20th July
Y2 Stanley Head Visit
Wednesday 20th July
Reception Graduation in School Hall ~ 9:30am
Thursday 21st July
Y6 Selling Ice Cream to Fund Raise
Friday 22nd July
School Closes at 2:00pm
Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July
Model Railway Exhibition ~ 10am – 5pm
Monday 5th September
School Re-Opens

Classes for September
The class structure is as follows

Mrs Peake
Miss Mazzei
Miss Morris
Miss Whalley (Mr Meir cover)
Miss Edwards
Miss Jackson
Mrs Connelly
Mrs Halfpenny (Miss Wood cover)
Mrs Brown/Miss Chapman
Miss Lovatt
Mrs Carke
Mrs Mills-Farmer

More news, information and advice can be found in the current newsletter.

Food For Life award

Hello to everyone,
Just to let you know that we have got the BRONZE award for Food For Life. A massive well done to all for taking part in Food/Growing related activities so that we could achieve this.

The letter that came with the award giving more information on its attainment can be viewed by clicking here.

Exploring food and cooking with your children at home

At Focus on Food, we teach schools and communities to cook together and usually enthusiasm for cooking is taken home by the children and adults alike.
There are lots of opportunities to cook together at home – making quick and healthy snacks, helping with lunch/dinner, preparing a drink or even cooking for fun at children’s parties. So here are some tips for you to explore food and cooking with your children at home.

For more of this information, please click here to view the document.

St John’s – School of The Region

As you will have seen St John’s is currently School of the Region for the West Midlands and the event on the 3rd March was to see if they were going to become School of the Nation (unfortunately that went to Rawdon Littlemoor in Leeds but one of top 6 in the country is nothing to be sniffed at!)

The day started at Portcullis House near the Houses of Parliament with each of the schools giving a presentation of their achievements, which must have been a daunting experience for the children as the room was full of adults. The children did an amazing job of their presentation, telling us about the initatiaves they do and the reduction in car use. The awards were then presented by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State – which was amazing. Philip Darnton from The Bicycle Association also gave a speech and the whole of the Access Fund team from the DfT were there as well so a very influential crowd!

We moved from Portcullis House to our transport for the day – a red London bus! This took us to the Sky Studios were the children from all 6 schools made a film about cycling. I do have a copy of this film if you want to have a look.

Definitely a day to remember for everyone and as Modeshift STARS becomes more embedded into schools then this top spot will become harder to achieve. However Stoke-on Trent has won it for the last 3 years so my argument is that we get to keep it forever now!

Stoke City themed tea party

Pritt stick winners


Pantomime pictures

Children in Need 2015

Pudsey in Pennies raised £150 for the 2015 Children in Need event.

Puppet Making Workshop

During the final week of last half term, each class enjoyed a session with a visiting puppeteer. Children were treated to a show and given the chance to use a wide selection of hand puppets. Joe taught us how to hold and move our puppets so that they made eye contact with the audience and we learnt how to move the mouth of the puppet so that it looked more realistic when speaking. We thought about how the character might move and tried out different voices. The children were then able to design and make our own puppets! It was a fantastic week and children had a fun time while practising their speaking and listening skills and being creative.

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