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Welcome to St John’s CE School

Our mission is to educate the mind, body, heart and soul of every child that comes here; this is underpinned by the Bible verse ‘That they shall have life, life in all its fullness.’ (John 10:10)

We aim to do this by offering each child an exciting, challenging and stimulating education during their time with us based on the Christian values of Wonder, Excellence, Love and Forgiveness – known throughout the school as ‘WonderELF’.

It is hard to sum up exactly what makes St John’s a unique school but St John’s is a place where we believe that there should be much more than academic rigour in the classroom. Whether it is playing together, taking part in sports or exploring creative talents, opportunities abound. It is these extra opportunities which really encourage independence, resilience and responsibility within our children.

Another important aspect of the school is the caring and nurturing ethos which exists between staff and children and equally importantly, between the children themselves (visit the Buddies section under the School Life link). We strive to maintain the right balance between enjoyment and achievement so that your child will thoroughly enjoy and benefit from their time here. High expectations are evident in all that we do and successes are celebrated.

St John’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, parents, Governors and volunteers to share this commitment so that our pupils can thrive in a safe and caring environment.

Although the information available on this website gives you an insight into our life here at St John’s a visit to the school is strongly recommended. We are confident that, after experiencing the warmth and happiness of the children and staff, you will leave convinced that St John’s has that something extra about it which is just right for your child.

If you wish to find out more about our school or if you would like a place for your child at our school please look at the Starting at St John’s page.

If you require a paper copy of any of the information documents in the Key Information section please call the school office who will be happy to help with your request.

Dear All

I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very happy New Year. I hope that you managed to have a lovely Christmas and, more importantly, that you and your family stayed well.

School will be reopening tomorrow – Wednesday 5th January 2022. I look forward to welcoming the children at the main door from 8.40am. Please remember the constant messages about not parking or dropping off on the zigzags outside school – maybe a late new year’s resolution would be to walk to school?

Our contingency plans and risk assessments for managing COVID-19 within school are constantly under review but the key thing with both of these documents is the human factor! I would ask that you take a sensible approach to helping us manage COVID-19; at the moment testing still is important so that positive cases can be identified and transmission after all the social mixing over the holidays can be reduced. Staff will all be testing prior to returning to school and we would obviously be grateful if families were able to test prior to the children’s return. Many of the measures we had in place prior to the holiday will remain. These will include (but are not exclusive to) all adults wearing face masks within school, trying to limit mixing between classes wherever possible, continued ventilation, hygiene measures including handwashing. Key stage 2 clubs will not restart until at least after the 26th January 2022 in line with the Government review on Plan B measures.

All the staff recognise that face-to-face teaching with children being in school with their peers is the best type of education for all the children and we will continue to do everything that we can to ensure that this continues. However, we do have to be realistic about the challenges we might face if there is a need for us to change how we deliver teaching and learning. Any decisions will be made with respect for what is in the best interest of the pupils.

As you are aware there have been some changes to the isolation period (from 22 December), the 10-day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and the individual does NOT have a high temperature, the isolation period may end after the second negative test result and a pupil may return to school from day 8.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10-day period of isolation. Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

With respect to daily testing of close contacts of people with COVID-19 the guidance for people who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

I will strive to keep you updated should there be any further developments and look forward to seeing you over the coming days.

Kind regards

Laura Cooper

I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very happy New Year. I hope that you managed to have a lovely Christmas and, more importantly, that you and your family stayed well.

School will be reopening tomorrow – Wednesday 5th January 2022. I look forward to welcoming the children at the main door from 8.40am. Please remember the constant messages about not parking or dropping off on the zigzags outside school – maybe a late new year’s resolution would be to walk to school?

Our contingency plans and risk assessments for managing COVID-19 within school are constantly under review but the key thing with both of these documents is the human factor! I would ask that you take a sensible approach to helping us manage COVID-19; at the moment testing still is important so that positive cases can be identified and transmission after all the social mixing over the holidays can be reduced. Staff will all be testing prior to returning to school and we would obviously be grateful if families were able to test prior to the children’s return. Many of the measures we had in place prior to the holiday will remain. These will include (but are not exclusive to) all adults wearing face masks within school, trying to limit mixing between classes wherever possible, continued ventilation, hygiene measures including handwashing. Key stage 2 clubs will not restart until at least after the 26th January 2022 in line with the Government review on Plan B measures.

All the staff recognise that face-to-face teaching with children being in school with their peers is the best type of education for all the children and we will continue to do everything that we can to ensure that this continues. However, we do have to be realistic about the challenges we might face if there is a need for us to change how we deliver teaching and learning. Any decisions will be made with respect for what is in the best interest of the pupils.

As you are aware there have been some changes to the isolation period (from 22 December), the 10-day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and the individual does NOT have a high temperature, the isolation period may end after the second negative test result and a pupil may return to school from day 8.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10-day period of isolation. Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

With respect to daily testing of close contacts of people with COVID-19 the guidance for people who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

I will strive to keep you updated should there be any further developments and look forward to seeing you over the coming days.

Kind regards

Laura Cooper

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