St. John’s is a Church of England Primary School situated close to the centre of the small town of Midsomer Norton, which is within the Unitary Authority of Bath & North East Somerset. The School took on academy status in December 2013.
The school, founded in 1721, is proud of its long tradition but is also forward looking. It is situated on a large site with a playing field and Early Years playing facilities to the rear of the building. The school is popular and demand for places is high. There is a thriving Parent’s Association that raises funds to support the school.
This year there are 418 children on roll in 14 classrooms (two per year group). There are 19 teachers including the headteacher
Key Stage One children are taught in classrooms built in the 1970s with adjacent toilets and cloakrooms. In September 1998 a new corridor link, small hall and library area was opened. Key Stage Two children are taught in separate classrooms in two older areas of the school. In September 1999 a new corridor to improve movement around the school and ICT Suite was opened. In recent years, we have added a pottery room, and all children are able to benefit from this facility. Small teaching bays have been developed and the shared areas within KS1 offer opportunities for children to carry out small group activities and learning. Major work to modernise the original Victorian building was completed in 2004 providing more open space and modern facilities for Year 5 and Year 6.
Further alterations to the KS 2 building were completed in 2009 and a cookery room was added in 2011. Extensions to the two Year 3 classrooms were completed at the start of 2013. In 2015, a new outdoor learning area was added in the Early Years.
The ‘good’ inspection by Ofsted in October 2010 was followed by the Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools in November 2010 and again in November 2015. The SIAMS Inspection judged the school to be outstanding in all four areas.
All staff are encouraged to take an active interest in their own Professional Development and there are training opportunities and a well developed Induction Programme. The school has the Basic Skills Quality Mark, International Schools Award, Artsmark Gold, Activemark, BECTA ICT, Healthy Schools and Inclusion Quality Mark, Director of Public Health Award, Bristol Standard (EYFS), ECO Silver and OPAL Gold. We have recently achieved our recognition of commitment to being a Rights Respecting School. The school is also a Food for Life Gold partner, a Learning to Lead school.
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We’re very proud of our high standards and the caring nurturing ethos of our school. Please see the links to the left for more information on what makes St. John’s the popular and successful school that it is.
The school had four benefactors and the school continues to remember them today. Four rooms and the pupil Houses are named in their honour. Further information about Ann Harris, Rev. Charles Otway Mayne, Ralph Sperring and Sophia Kelston is available here: School Benefactors