St John's CE Primary School serves a mixed community in Basingstoke. The school was built in 1967 and is situated in the middle of a residential area, serving three main local wards. St John’s is within walking distance of the town centre, the local secondary school and a sixth form college. The school community has strong links with all three and use them to extend the curriculum. The school can take a total of 45 pupils in each year group from Reception to Year 6 and has 305 pupils on roll currently. There has been a significant incline in the number on roll over the last three years, during the period the school has increased the number of classes from 8 to 11 for the afternoon session and 12 classes during the morning.
The school is a Church of England aided school. It works closely with All Saints CE local church and team to develop the children’s spiritual knowledge and understanding. The pupils visit the church as part of their curriculum studies and to celebrate and mark significant dates in the Christian calendar.
The school is fortunate to have substantial grounds, which are used effectively by the school stakeholders. The grounds include; a large field space, a living hazel coppice, two playgrounds, a managed woodland, a vegetable garden and small orchard. St John’s has gained a number of Basingstoke in Bloom awards for its effective use of the grounds; including Gold for the best school grounds.
The school has identified specific areas for learning for each key stage, aiming to keep classes of the same key stage close together to ensure continuity. The school is spilt over two levels, with a large hall, onsite kitchen, library, and nurture room ‘The Rainbow Room’, meeting room and parent room. The school has excellent Early Years facilities; including two classrooms, an indoor shared role play area, a small garden and new outdoor play area.
The school uses its onsite kitchen and experienced cooks to supply high quality lunch meals to the pupils daily. A high percentage of pupils take hot meals every day at St John’s.
The school uses its ample facilities effectively to enhance the education of all its learners, offering a broad curriculum. The school gives significant time to sport, through; lessons, coaching, inter and intra sporting fixtures and sport events. The school is proud of its creative productions from The Nativity in Early Years to Shakespeare in Year 6. The school offers a wide range of peripatetic music session, takes part in the Listen to Me programme, has an active choir and orchestra and takes part in the annual Anvil Schools' Concert.