Local Governance Committee (LGC)

The Local Governance Committee of St John's School is made up of a range of people from many different backgrounds, including representatives from St John's Church (known as Foundation Governors), the local community, parents and staff. All governors are volunteers and they offer their time, skills and experience to help run the school.

What the LGC does

The role of the LGC is to work with the Head Teacher and Staff to offer all children at St John's the best educational opportunities possible. Our main task is in the area of school improvement - in practice, we continually try to make the school the best it can be. Running the school on a daily basis is the responsibility of the Head and Staff - the Local Governance Committee is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based;
  • Reporting on the standards being achieved;
  • Appointment of senior staff and;
  • Developing and maintaining a strategic vision for the school that reflects our distinctive Christian character and values.

Following on from an inspection by Ofsted, Governors have to draw up an action plan for the school in response to the inspection report.

How the LGC works

Governors meet as a Full Governing Body six times in an academic year. Business is conducted through meetings where we make decisions collectively as a team. Our role is strategic, while the Head, with whom we work closely, has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the school. Meetings take place early in the evening - around 6pm - and can involve a lot of paperwork so it helps to have read what we can in advance.

As well as meeting together regularly as a Governing Body, Governors like to come and visit the school and be involved in school life. We particularly enjoy attending events like concerts, sporting events, festivals and Church Services where we can celebrate the achievements of the children as well as sharing in significant moments in the life of the school. Above all, we hope to support the staff of the school in creating a safe, happy and pleasant environment in which to learn and play together.

Becoming a Governor

  • Foundation Governors are nominated by St John's Church in consultation with the Archdeacon of Bath and Wells.
  • Parent Governors are elected by parents for a fixed term of four years. Parents are advised in writing when a vacancy for a Parent Governor arises. This could be because a Governor completes their term of office or because they stand down. Full details of the eligibility criteria and the process for nominations and any election are provided at the time.
  • Staff Governors are members of the School staff who are elected by the staffing body (both teaching and non-teaching).
  • Co-opted Governors are appointed by the LGC to represent community interests or to bring specific skills to the Governing Body 

Our current Local Governance Committee

If you need to contact Claire Lowe our Chair of Governors please email: clerktogovernors@stjohnsprimaryschool.org.uk or tel: 0117 986 3824.

Governor Biographies

Louisa Aldridge: Parent Governor
Term of office: 2 October 2017 - 1 October 2025

Ms Julia Bamfield: Headteacher
Term of office:
1 September 2023 - Ex Officio

Hollie Lewis: Staff Governor
Term of office: 30 September 2022 - 29 September 2026

Claire Lowe: Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor
Term of office: 
13 April 2021 - 12 April 2025

Jonathan Medlin: Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 
19 April 2018 - 18 April 2026

Tasha Mitella: Community Governor
Term of office: 29 November 2023 - 29 November 2027

Jennifer O'Reilly: Parent Governor
Term of office: 1 July 2021 - 31 June 2025

Paul Trueman: Foundation Governor
Term of office: 22 August 2022 - 21 August 2026

Duncan Tyler: Parent Governor
Term of Office: 28 November 2018 - 27 November 2026

Sandra Yeoman: Staff Governor
Term of office: 23 February 2018 - 22 February 2026

Clerk to Governors:
Email: clerktogovernors@stjohnsprimaryschool.org.uk
Tel: 0117 986 3824 

Recently resigned

With our sincere thanks for their service

Mrs Wendy Carver
Term of office: 1 September 2022 - 31 August 2023

Tom Gent
Term of office: 
27 February 2020 - 26 February 2024

Further information

Futura Learning Partnership


Our staff

Senior leadership team

Headteacher: Mrs Julia Bamfield
Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Samantha Bruton
Assistant Headteacher: Mr Tom Livingston
SENCO/Inclusion Leader: Mrs Laura Chard

Administration staff

Office Administrator: Mrs Aimee Clark
Clerical Assistant: Mrs Emma Ward

Site manager

Site Manager: Ms Mandy Perrin

School nurse

Specialist Lead School Nurse: Ellie Hunt (t: 01225 831666)

Teaching staff

Reception Teacher: Miss Megan Rees
Year 1 Teacher: Mrs Dawn Stiby
Year 2 Teachers: Mr Tom Livingston and Mrs Laura Jefferis
Year 3 Teacher: Mrs Samantha Bruton
Year 4 Teacher: Miss Isabel Taylor
Year 5 Teacher: Miss Katie Bowers
Year 6 Teacher: Miss Hollie Lewis

Learning support

Pastoral and Learning Support Mentor: Mrs Sandra Yeoman

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Leasa Luker
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Karen Rhys-Jones
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Trasee Terry
Teaching Assistant: Miss Victoria Pester
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lindsey Butucea 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lynne Pitts         

Teaching Assistant: Ms Sarah Watkins

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Rachel Barnett 

Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Ms Alix Costello 

Catering staff

Catering Manager: Miss Jade Harris

Catering Assistant: Mrs Tina Heaton

Catering Assistant: Ms Molly Dodge

School meals staff

School Meals Assistant: Mrs Gemma Tomlin
School Meals Assistant: Miss Calley Sheperd  
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Louise Lockyer
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Karen Rhys-Jones


Ofsted and Siams inspections

Ofsted inspection

Our most recent Ofsted inspection was in May 2013.

Amongst other things, Ofsted said that:

  • "The outstanding quality of teaching across the school starting from Reception, means that children get off to an excellent start and continue to thrive in both Key Stages 1 and 2 within a stimulating and inclusive environment."
  • "The school pursues a highly effective, creative and imaginative approach to education that interests pupils greatly."
  • "The behaviour of all pupils is outstanding, both in and outside the classroom. Pupils work hard and show interest and concern for one another. They are very proud of the school and their achievements."
  • "Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school’s success and underpins all of the school’s strengths."

You can read the full Ofsted report (Pdf, 172kb)

SIAMS inspection

We are proud to present our exceptional report from the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) conducted in July 2018.

You can read the full SIAMS report (Pdf, 124kb)


SATs results

Our latest SATs results for KS1 and 2 are below, together with results from the EYFS and Year 1 phonic screening test:

If you'd like to read more about the school then please see the government's school profile and performance tables.


Pupil premium

At St John’s CofE Primary School we are committed to providing an education full of opportunities that will prepare all pupils for their future with a positive attitude and an ambition to be the best they can be.

The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’) and also provides funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and the children of service personnel. Schools are free to decide how to allocate Pupil Premium funding and we recognise that within our school there are children (some of whom are not eligible for Free school Meals) who may at any point during their school career require additional support and intervention.

We are committed to meeting the children's pastoral, social and academic needs in a nurturing environment. If you believe you may be eligible for Free School Meals but have not already registered this with us, please do so as soon as possible. It is important to note that although EYFS and KS1 children currently receive school meals without charge, an application should you be eligible would be beneficial, since the additional funding can help the school to provide for your child in many other ways.

Schools have the freedom to spend Pupil Premium funding in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils and we aim to diminish the differences in progress and achievement between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. All staff are accountable for the progress of these children who are given a high profile. When deciding how to spend the pupil premium allocation we look at barriers faced by disadvantaged pupils in the context of our school and focus spending on addressing these barriers to learning. Each pupil is unique in their situation and our response to their needs reflects this.

Progress and attainment of pupils is carefully tracked and analysed termly and additional support is quickly put in place to support pupils as required. Interventions are targeted to ensure eligible children benefit from the funding. In making provision for disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all children who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We therefore reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any child or groups of children identified as being disadvantaged.

The impact of the pupil premium at St John’s CofE Primary School

Pupil premium funding is allocated to schools based on the number of children from families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals entitlement (FSM) now or within the last 6 years.

For details on how the pupil premium is utilised and the impact it has at St John’s C of E Primary School please see our plan for 2023-24. This includes a review for 2022-23.

Does your child qualify for the Pupil Premium?

If your child qualifies for free schools meals or you are in the armed forces, the school will, in return, receive additional funding to support them. Please follow the link below to see if you meet the criteria, or alternatively, please contact the school office for further guidance.

Registering for free school meals

If you think you might be entitled to free school meals you can check the full information on the B&NES website.

If you prefer to apply by post or email, you can download the Free School Meals registration form from the B&NES website here. You can also ask for a form from the school office if you would prefer to come into school.

You can also apply by phone on 01225 394317.


Equality objectives

Our equality objectives:

  • To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experience, both in and beyond the school.  
  • To ensure that all pupils are given similar opportunities with regards to after-school clubs and activities 
  • To eradicate prejudice related to bullying in relation to the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010 
  • Actively close gaps in attainment and achievement between pupils and all groups of pupils; especially students eligible for free-school meals, students with special educational needs and disabilities and looked after children.

For more information please see the equality and diversity policy


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

We are a fully inclusive mainstream primary school, committed to supporting and challenging all pupils to achieve their full potential.

More information

Our SENDCo/Inclusion Leader, Mrs Laura Chard, can be contacted by emailing enquiries@stjohnsprimaryschool.org.uk


Futura Learning Partnership

St John's CofE Primary School converted to academy status on 1st September 2015. We are a Futura Learning Partnership school.

Futura Learning Partnership
Registered office: Chandag Road, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1PH
Tel: 0117 946 1229
Email: enquiries@futuralearning.co.uk
Website: www.futuralearning.co.uk

 A charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 07746787

Further information:


Sport and PE premium funding

In the academic year 2023-24, £18 110 of funding has been allocated to St John’s Primary School. Please see how we plan to spend this funding, please also see the report from 2022-2023 which outlines how the funding was applied during this time.

Purpose of the funding

St John's Primary is part of a strong and established School Sports Partnership which supports our school closely in the delivery and provision of high quality PE and Sport.


Parents, Teachers Association (PTA)

The PTA (officially known as St John's School Association) is open to parents, carers, staff and governors who are interested in the welfare of the children and their school.

We hold a number of fund-raising events throughout the year and meet every couple of months to plan and discuss events.  We are always open to new members and anyone can join our meetings.

If you do not wish to join the PTA you can still support us by helping out at our fundraising events.

If you wish to be involved or find out more, please leave your contact details with the school office.


If you’re planning on shopping online, please register and shop with Easyfundraising. You’ll be helping to raise funds at no extra cost to you – it’s fundraising for free with thousands of retailers are included. To sign up to Easyfundraising you can register here.

Financial summary

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We have lots of great opportunities within our trust, take a look at the current vacancies.

Working for us

We are a Futura Learning Partnership school. Futura Learning Partnership employs 1,500 staff, serving nearly 12,000 children in 26 schools.

We value every employee and are committed to creating excellent professional development opportunities for all, as well as investing in staff wellbeing.

Find out how joining our team could benefit you, please read our recruitment information pack.

Safeguarding children and safer recruitment

Futura Learning Partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. To find out more about the checks we carry out on prospective Futura Learning Partnership employees, please read our recruitment information pack.

Equality diversity and inclusion

Futura Learning Partnership values the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. For further information please see our equality and diversity policy and read our recruitment information pack.


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Should you require a paper copy of the information on our website, please contact the school office tel: 0117 9863824 or email: enquiries@stjohnskeynsham.co.uk where we will take details of your request and provide copies as soon as possible.