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

Thursday 24th November
Stanley Head PE Activity Day – Y4
Monday 28th November
Stanley Head PE Activity Day – Y3/4
Tuesday 29th November
Stanley Head PE Activity Day – 5/6
Wednesday 30th November
Stanley Head PE Activity Day – 4/5
Wednesday 30th November
3:15-4:30pm New Nursery/Reception Intake 17 Walk Around.
5pm Phonics Session Nursery to YR2 parents/carers
Thursday 1st December
Stanley Head PE Activity Day – Y6
Friday 2nd December
Stanley Head PE Activity Day – Y3
Wednesday 7th December
Early Years Nativity 9:15am in school
Thursday 8th December
KS2 Christmas Concert 9:30am at St John’s Church
KS1 Christmas Concert 2:00pm at St John’s Church
Friday 9th December
Grandparents Christmas Lunch
Christmas Fair in school 3:00-4:30pm
Monday 12th December
Amerton Farm Visit – Reception
Wednesday 14th December
9:15am EY and KS1 Christingle Celebration in school
2:00pm KS2 (Y3-6) Christingle Celebration in school
Thursday 15th December
Christmas Party Day/Disco in school time – come in own clothes
Friday 16th December
Christmas Jumper DaySchool Closes at 2pm for Christmas Break
Wednesday 4th January
Term Starts
Thursday 5th January
Stanley Head PE Activity Day – Y1/2
Friday 6th January
Stanley Head PE Activity Day – Y2
Monday 9th January
Stanley Head PE Activity Day – Y1

Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on the 18/11/16 were:
Y1B Senuka De Alwis
Y1/2H Jayden Thomas Fielding
Y2C Matthew Piesse-Mills
Y3J Jessica Chittock
Y3/4E Sackson Siju, Laiba Noman
Y4W Joshua Brereton-Lewis
Y4-5M Leona Johns
Y5/6 George Barnett
Y6P The Whole Class

Mrs Bloor’s Award: Megan Proudlove
Smart School Uniform: Leighton Barnett & Ashton Barnett
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Lexi Fradley-Degg & Anto Yohannan
Time for Sport Award: Y4

Attendance Awards:
Given out for data collected w/b 7/11/16:
Whole School Attendance: 98.2% (Government target is 95%)

Class Attendance:
• 1st Place – Y6, 99.4%
• 2nd Place – Y3,Y3/4,Y4/5, 99.3%

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

100 Reads 2016

Here it is

The final 100 Stoke Reads books….did your favourite book make the list…?

1 Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
2 We’re Going on a Bear Hunt-Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
3 The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
4 One Ted Falls out of Bed – Julia Donaldson and Anne Currey
5 Spot Bakes a Cake – Eric Hill
6 Old Bear – Jane Hissey
7 Baby’s Very First Black and White book Usbourne
8 Peepo – Janet and Allan Ahlberg
9 What the Ladybird Heard – Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks
10 Bizzy Bear – Fun on the Farm – Benji Davies

Continue reading “100 Reads 2016” »

Naming a cow for Kenya

School Council Reps will be asking their class to propose two possible names for the cow the school is buying for Matilli F.Y.M. Primary School, Kenya.

Fourteen names were submitted and after discussions the School Council choose Delilah.

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More information can be found on our Pupil Voice page.

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

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Pantomime pictures