Ms Karen Mortlock, Deputy Headteacher of St John’s School writes:
St John’s ends the school year with fantastic news. 86% of our Year 6 children got level 4 or above in their Key Stage 2 SATS – for reading, writing and maths, combined. Level 4 is the attainment level expected at this stage across England, and our results compare very favourably with the national figure of 80%.
Some facts about St John’s: We have 380 children at the school. Attendance rates are very good. 25% of our children have special needs compared with a national average of 17%, and the school has a good reputation for its care and nurture of children with special needs.
We are delighted that parental involvement in the school continues to grow and develop.
We had a lovely community day at school with lots of members of the local community visiting and taking part in a wide variety of activities. Children have taken place in many extra curricular activities – for example Nursery visited Stockley Farm, and older children took part in the Police Sorts day and the Big Sing at the Bridgewater Hall. This year we have built on our good relations with St Chrysostom’s School – we went to the cathedral with them, played several games of football with them and had banner making workshops at Church. Our school sports day was held on the large St Chrysostom’s School field. We are looking forward to the connection between the schools growing in the future.
We say goodbye to several members of staff who leave us to develop their careers. It is always sad to see staff move on but we are proud of what they have given St John’s and pleased we have had a part in their careers. Among those leaving is Miss Julie Harrison who moves on after eight years enthusiastic teaching at St John’s.
Over the school holiday building work will be taking place in school to improve the internal environment. We are extending the dining room, refurbishing toilets and making a new music room.