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 Local Governance Committee does
The role of the Local Governance Committee 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;
- the 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 Local Governance Committee 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0117 986 3824.
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
Tom Gent: Foundation Governor
Term of office: 27 February 2020 - 26 February 2024
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
Jennifer O'Reilly: Parent Governor
Term of office: 1 July 2021 - 31 June 2025
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
Paul Trueman: Foundation Governor
Term of office: 22 August 2022 - 21 August 2026
Clerk to Governors:
Tel: 0117 986 3824
Mrs Wendy Carver: Head of School
Term of office: 1 September 2022 - 31 August 2023
Structure of Governance
Senior leadership team
Headteacher: Mrs Julia Bamfield
Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Samantha Bruton
Assistant Headteacher: Mr Tom Livingston
SENCO/Inclusion Leader: Mrs Laura Chard (currently on Maternity leave)
Office Administrator: Mrs Aimee Clark
Clerical Assistant: Mrs Emma Ward
Site Manager: Ms Mandy Perrin
Specialist Lead School Nurse: Ellie Hunt (t: 01225 831666)
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
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: Mrs Sarah Ford
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 Manager: Miss Jade Harris
Catering Assistant: Mrs Tina Heaton
Catering Assistant: Ms Molly Dodge
School meals staff
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Sarah Ford
School Meals Assistant: Miss Calley Sheperd
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Louise Lockyer
School Meals Assistant: Mrs Karen Rhys-Jones
Latest Ofsted Report
St John's School's most recent OFSTED 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)
Latest SIAMS Report
- Accessibility policy (Pdf)
- Admission arrangements 2022/2023 (Pdf)
- Admission arrangements 2023/2024 (Pdf)
- Admission arrangements 2024/2025 (Pdf)
- Anti-bullying policy (Pdf)
- Attendance policy (Pdf)
- CCTV policy
- Charging and remissions policy and appendix or request for remission form (MS Word, 21kb)
- Child protection and safeguarding policy (Pdf)
- Complaints procedure policy
- Concern at work policy (whistleblowing)
- Data protection policy
- Drugs policy (Pdf)
- Early years foundation stage (EYFS) policy
- Equality and diversity policy
- Exclusion guidelines and a guide for parents whose children have been excluded from school (Pdf)
- Freedom of information policy
- Health and safety policy (Pdf)
- Home school agreement (Pdf)
- Inclusion policy
- Online safety policy
- Play policy
- Positive Behaviour policy
- Privacy notice for pupils
- Pupil privacy; third party data handlers
- Relationships and sex education (RSE) policy (Pdf)
- Safer recruitment policy
- SEND local offer (Pdf)
- SEND policy and information report (Pdf)
- SEND policy parent friendly advice (Pdf)
- Supporting pupils with medical conditions policy
- Teaching and learning policy and procedures (Pdf)
- Uniform policy
For more information see the Futura Learning Partnership's policies.
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and to close any gaps between them and their peers. As a 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. We aim to encourage and develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full and strong consideration is given to the allocation of resources to support this vision.
The impact of the pupil premium funding
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 six years.
How the pupil premium is utilised and the impact it has
We are continually reviewing and reflecting on the progress of our children. This enables us to make provision for those children who are not making the progress we would expect whilst at the same time extending the learning for the children who are making more progress than we would expect. Assessment takes place as part of ongoing class routines and children are unaware that they are being assessed.
Standards are reported to parents as part of our commitment to working in partnership with parents and helping the children move forward in their learning.
Covid-19 catch-up premium
As part of the government's support for schools in addressing the impact of coronavirus, we received £80 per child for the 2020-21 academic year, with any funding carried forward to this academic year, 2021-22. The money is being used to enhance teaching and learning and ensure that our children make the best possible progress. Following formative and summative assessments by staff, we have identified pupils who would benefit from targeted intervention programmes. For further details please see our reviewed 2020-21 Covid-19 school catch up plan (Pdf).
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.
- SEND policy and information report
- SEND policy and parent-friendly advice
- Equality and diversity policy
- Accessibility policy
- St John's Local Offer
Our SENDCo/Inclusion Leader, Mrs Laura Chard, can be contacted by emailing email@example.com
Futura Learning Partnership
St John's CofE Primary School converted to academy status on 1st September 2015. We are a Futura Learning Partnership school.
A charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 07746787
Sport and PE premium funding
In the academic year 2022-23, £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.
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Working for us
St John's CofE Primary School is a Futura Learning Partnership school. Futura Learning Partnership employs 1,500 staff, serving 12,000 children in 27 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.
For current career opportunities in this school, please visit our eTeach career site.
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.