Our School


About our School
Deepcar St John’s is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Junior School catering for children from the ages of 7 to 11 years and is classified as a ‘Foundation School’. The present building was opened in 1968 and stands within a modern private housing estate.
                                                             

The school is a well-maintained building situated within extensive and beautiful grounds with amazing views across the valley.  In addition to our large playing fields, obstacle course, two large playgrounds, nature reserve and orchard, we also have a designated quiet area. This area has been created for children who would like a quiet place to go to read or draw during break and lunch times. 

    
                           

Our school has eight large classrooms, hall and dining area, library, ICT suite, music room, administrative offices, junior kitchen and resource areas.

     

Children are drawn predominantly from its intake area of surrounding houses. Royd Nursery Infant School, our feeder school, adjoins the site and we have close links with them, particularly regarding the transition and induction of Infant children into our school. A number of children, through parents’ preferential choice, travel to the school from ’out of catchment’ area. 
For the 2019/2020 academic year the school has six classes of mixed ability; two year 3 classes,  one year 4 class, two year 5 classes and one class in year 6.  We have six full time teaching staff.  Additionally, two teachers are currently on maternity leave.  Furthermore, we have a Learning Mentor, five full time teaching assistants and a Sports and PE Coach. 

Being a Voluntary Aided School, we have close links with St John’s Church in Deepcar and regularly celebrate the major events in the Christian calendar either in school or by visiting the local parish church. The Vicar, Rev Hilda Issacson, regularly visits our school.  

Whilst professing the uniquenes
s of the Christian faith, we welcome all children from the neighbourhood regardless of family beliefs and faiths. There is no ideological pressure and yet Christian inferences are built into our ethos to help ensure all children develop their full educational, spiritual and social potential.

On Wednesday 15th January 2020, Deepcar St John’s had a SIAMS inspection.  SIAMS stands for ‘Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools’. These inspections are conducted every four years.The inspection focuses on the following strands:


  • Vision and Leadership
  • Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
  • Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
  • Community and Living Well Together
  • Dignity and Respect
  • The impact of Collective Worship
  • The effectiveness of Religious Education

A copy of the report for can be downloaded from the bottom of this page . The school is really pleased with the result. The framework has changed recently with increased expectations. Mr David Shannon, who conducted the inspection, said that ‘the pupils are our biggest asset’ which we wholeheartedly agree with.


The school run is the cause of congestion and frustration for many people. In the last ten years, the number of pupils travelling to school by car has nearly doubled. At St John's, we want to encourage more pupils to walk, cycle and scoot or use public transport.  This will mean we have fewer cars outside school making the area safer for pupils; road safety skills can be practised by pupils; regular walking or cycling will improve health and fitness levels; fewer cars will reduce the CO2 emissions and pollution.  Our school aims to spread the environmental and sustainable travel message to all staff and pupils. We take part in a number of incentives to help with this, for example, The Big Pedal and 10 Day Active Travel.  


A wide range of After Schools Clubs are available each day, and run until 4.30pm.  Additionally, we also run a football club before school on a Wednesday. This club starts at 7.45am and finishes in time for children to be changed and ready to start the school day at 8.52am.  For more information click here 

                     


We take part in a number of competitive sporting competitions and have entered teams into Football, Athletics, Boccia, Frisbee, Multi-Sport and Basketball tournaments at other schools in the area. For more information on Sport and PE at St John's please click here

We have an excellent Facebook page. Find us at ‘Deepcar St Johns C of E School’ This is regularly updated and gives information about what children have been learning, provides reminders and important information for parents. It is a great way of communicating news and information about what is happening at St John's. 

In adverse weather conditions, please check the link below, which will provide you with information about alerts that come from Sheffield City Council and will inform you if there is to be a late opening of the school or a closure.

                                                        

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/education/schools/closed-open-late/primary-schools.html

 

                                                                                                      

      
                                                 







    

     

      








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Mrs Pearce,
24 Jan 2020, 00:16