OFSTED INSPECTION (2023 inspection findings – top of the page) & SIAMS INSPECTION (2017 inspection findings – lower section of the page)


Headlines: The quality of education – GOOD

  • This is a school that is truly at the heart of its community.
  • Parents and carers are very positive about all the school has to offer. They really appreciate its place as a “small school in a big city.”
  • The school is determined that all pupils will get a good start to their education here. To realise this, the school provides pupils with a  wide range of experiences to expand their horizons.
  • The curriculum is designed so that learning builds progressively over time.
  • The school has a very ambitious offer for developing pupils’ sporting experiences. Pupils can take part in wide-ranging opportunities such as archery, kayaking and taekwondo.
  • There is a comprehensive offer for music, including tuition in playing a range of instruments.
  • The school prioritises reading right from the early years. The school is equally passionate about developing in pupils a love of reading.

Headlines: Behaviour and attitudes – OUTSTANDING

  • Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary.
  • Pupils behave impeccably around the school
  • They are highly focussed in their lessons. This starts right from the early years, where children show a high level of focus in their play.
  • From early years upwards they show a high level of commitment to their learning.

Headlines: Personal development – OUTSTANDING

  • Pupils socialise with people from across the community.They enjoy serving lunch to elderly churchgoers and spending time with service users at a local Age UK centre. There are benefits all round when pupils visit a nearby special school.
  • Pupils take an increasingly active role in the local environment by, for example, encouraging their peers to walk or cycle to school to improve ;local air quality.

Headlines: Leadership and management – GOOD

  • Leaders have designed an ambitious and coherent curriculum which covers the breadth of the national curriculum.
  • Leaders have responded positively to the increased numbers of pupils with special needs and/or disabilities (SEND). This includes through training and recruiting specialist staff to ensure that the needs of pupils with SEND are well met.
  • Leaders ensure, through comprehensive monitoring system, that pupils attend school regularly.
  • Leaders promote pupils’ personal development exceptionally well.

Headlines: Early years provision – GOOD

  • The school prioritises reading from the early years.
  • There is a sharp focus on ensuring that children learn phonics swiftly and confidently.
  • In early years there is a dedicated quiet space for reading which children relish.

Safeguarding: The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

  • Pupils say they feel happy and safe.


Inspection Headlines: 

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St John’s as a Church of England school are outstanding

  • The headteacher, incumbent and governors share and articulate an ambitious Christian vision for the school that ensures that it lives out its mission of faith, excellence and enjoyment.
  • Christian values are evident in every aspect of the school’s life and inspire its many contributions to the community.
  • Worship and prayer are the heartbeat of the school, affirming adults and pupils, regardless of their faith or belief.
  • The rich and fulfilling religious education (RE) curriculum gives pupils a deep understanding of Christianity and key world faiths so that they recognise similarities and celebrate difference.
  • The strong and effective partnership with the parish church unite them as a shining light of Christian love in the community they serve.