Latest News and Updates

Summer Term 2

It's only seems two minutes since we returned from the summer holidays. We cannot believe that we are already at the end of the half term.

It has been a fantastic half term at St John's, the children have continued to make us proud, working hard in all areas of the curriculum.

The highlight for us has been seeing all of the children socialise together outside of bubbles. Listening to the children in assembly, eating their lunch together as a community and playing outside with their friends has bought a smile to all of our faces.

We again thank you for your continued support as we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19. We are really pleased that we have been able to continue to provide an education for all of our children.

We are already looking forward to next half term and all that the staff have planned for the children as we begin to prepare for Advent and Christmas.

We hope everybody has a brilliant half term holiday. Please stay safe and well.

St John’s is moving to having a window of time for all children to arrive.

Teachers will be opening their classroom doors at 8:45am and closing them at 8.55am. Therefore all children need to arrive between these times. If your child is late they will need to enter via the main entrance. The two gates (Y3 and Y6) at the side of the building that children walk through will be opened just after 8.40am.

There have been a number of children arriving 20+ minutes before start times especially in upper school. If your child walks to school independently can you please ensure that they do not leave home too early.

All children will leave school at approximately 3.20pm.

We have been overwhelmed yet again by all your kind donations of food and household items for the Stocksbridge Food Bank. Thank you on behalf of all the families in the local community that your generosity will provide a much needed life line.

Individual photos will be taking place on Friday 19th November.


12 - Rock Steady group in at St Johns

19 - Children in Need and individual photos


3 – ‘Break the rules’ dress down day

10 - Christmas jumper day

17- break up for Christmas

January 2022

w/c 10 - Poetry week@ St John’s

27 - Sleeping Beauty pantomime PM


Thank you all for your very kind donations of cake on Macmillan coffee morning. I know that the children really, really enjoyed your cakes. We raised an amazing £651 across both schools.

Sheffield Wednesday Home Top - Raffle

As you know, Deepcar St John’s has strong links with Sheffield Wednesday community team. SWFC have very kindly donated a signed Wednesday shirt to the school. We are organising a raffle to win the shirt which would make an ideal Christmas present for any SWFC fan. Tickets will be £5 each and a letter is to follow with details of how to enter the raffle. Raised funds will be used to buy additional going home books.

Bringing toys to school

We have noticed an increasing number of toys, especially fidget toys, being brought to school by the children. Pupils should not be bringing them into school. If pupils need resources to support their needs they will be provided by school.

Sleep Helpline

Does your child get enough sleep? One in four children in the UK are not getting enough sleep, this has an impact on their behaviour and ability to learn, as well as their physical health. There is a free helpline run by trained sleep advisors who can talk to young people directly, or their parents. The helpline is open 5 nights a week, Sunday to Thursday, 7-9pm and the number is 03303 530 541.

You can read more here:


A huge plea to parents/carers. If you have a log in to Lexia please ensure that your child logs in and completes at least 10 minutes a day on the system.

With Christmas coming you might want to know of suggestions for books for your child’s year group. In the link below there are recommended books that your child might enjoy.


A couple of weeks ago a local resident contacted school to make us aware that they received verbal abuse from a parent/carer who had parked over their drive. This is simply not acceptable. We have also had a number of parents/carers comment about the dangerous parking around school. I would encourage anyone to take a photo of the car including number plate and report to the police non emergency number 101.


Can all parents/carers please ensure that children bring a coat to school every day. We do go outside at break and lunch time in light rain and drizzle.

INSET days this year are as follows:

Monday 1st November 2021

Friday 26th November 2021

Monday 21st February 2022

Thursday 21st July 2022

Friday 22nd July 2022

Unfortunately our Harvest festival at St John’s Church cannot take place again this year. However, we will be holding a Harvest festival themed collective worship next week.

We are still planning on collecting for The Foodbank Project in Stocksbridge run by The Hub church on the High Street. The Foodbank has helped many local families this last year particularly during the pandemic.

We would like to continue supporting this very worthwhile cause. It is always a blessing to be able to give to anyone but especially to those who are in need of help.

The items which are needed are:

Tinned food: meat pies, sponge puddings, hotdogs, corned beef, tinned ham, tinned meats soups, fish, ravioli, baked beans, meatballs, tomatoes, vegetables, desserts, fruit, rice pudding.

Other foods: custard powder, SMASH powdered potatoes, cereals, sugar, tea bags, coffee, biscuits, orange juice, squash, snacks.

Toiletries/household: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, washing up liquid, shampoo, liquid soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, male and female toiletries.

If you would like to contribute, please send your items to school. Please send your gifts week commencing 18th October. The final date for donations is Thursday 21st October.

Staff will then take the items down to The Hub.

Thank you in advance for your generous support.

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We have been asked by the Sheffield Children's University to pass on the attached information with activities available during the October Half term holiday.

A reminder also that you can purchase a Sheffield Children's University passport for your child from school at a cost of £3.50.

Please encourage your child to read at home, for at least 10 minutes each day, and then return their signed Reading Record to school.

We would love as many children as possible to enjoy our reward afternoon, which is planned for those who regularly read at home.

Parents of Deepcar Students (PODS)

Parents of Deepcar Students (PODS) is a group of parents volunteers whose aim is to raise money for Deepcar St John's.

They kindly arrange a variety of events for children and parents where St John's benefit from the money raised. These have included items to improve the learning environment for children both indoor and outdoor and the purchase of equipment to help expand and support the development of the learning of our pupils.

They are a supportive, friendly and welcoming group of parents of children at our school who meet regularly to discuss, plan and organise fundraising events.

If you feel you could give a little time and would like to join Parents of Deepcar Students they would love to welcome you.

Please contact them via our school office or directly on their Facebook page. PODS

Thank you

School Choir

We are happy to inform you that we are now able to return to running the school choir.

The choir is open to all year groups and will be run by Miss Danks. Choir practice will take place every Wednesday from 3.20 – 4.30pm starting on 06 October 2021.

Deepcar St John’s School Choir have sung at many local events in previous years, and one of the highlights of the year for the children is the Young Voices Concert which is held at the Sheffield Arena and is a fantastic experience for everyone involved.

If your child is interested in joining the choir please complete the reply slip in our letter today or you can email

Please register your interest by Friday 01 October 2021.

Thank you

A huge thank you for all your donations of cakes and buns this morning and for all your monetary donations to Macmillian.

They all look delicious!

On Monday 20 September we had a ‘Green Day, as part of The Great Big Green Week, which is all about climate change.

The day started with an assembly looking at the effect of climate change and how we can all help to reduce waste. During the rest of the day, the school ran activities linked to recycling in their classroom.

Other activities will include litter picks, switching off lights and computers when not in use and ensuring a reduction of waste paper.

An enjoyable day for all.

20th September

This week we will be holding a week dedicated to reading called Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) week. DEAR week will run from 20th September to 25th September. During the week, at many different times in the day, we will drop everything we are doing and read! You may want to continue this at home. We are hoping to generate excitement and anticipation for reading and to help us to do this we will allow your children to bring in reading material of their choice. This can be a fiction or information book, a comic or an appropriate magazine. They can also read their own reading book from school if they would prefer. They will carry this with them during the day so they can ‘Drop Everything And Read’ in case the bell sounds!

Thank you for your continued support.

The School Photographer will be in school taking individual photos on the 8th October. Thank you

Parents Evening will be on Wednesday 29 September from 4.00pm – 8.00pm.

The school use an online booking system for appointments which is linked to the

Teachers2 Parents Texting and Email service. You will be able to book a 10 minute appointment for your child with their class teacher.

We are pleased to say that parents/carers will now be able to come into the classroom for their appointment. The procedure will be for parents/carers to wait outside their child's classroom door until they are called in. Please note appointment times will be strictly adhered to.

You will have been sent a link to your mobile phone and email address which will take you to our online booking system to select a time convenient for you.

Please follow these simple steps to book your slot:

1. Click the link that you receive through text and/or email to take you to the confirmation page. You will need internet access to do this.

2. Enter your child’s first name to continue.

3. Next you will be taken to the booking page. This will show your child alongside the teacher/s that you can book in with. Please choose Mrs Thompson for Y3SB/NT and Mrs Riley for Y5TR/CS

4. Click ‘Please Choose’ to be shown a list of available times that you can click to book. This will even give you the option to add any notes that you might want the teacher to see before the meeting.

5. After you have entered any notes, please click ‘Book this Slot’ to complete your booking. When the button has turned green you know your booking has been made.

If you have any problems accessing the system please contact the school office.


Thank you to all parents whose children are arriving within the allocated slots.

We are seeing an increasing number of children arriving late. Therefore from Monday, staff will be shutting their classroom doors at the end of their time slot.

If you children arrive after this time, they will need to walk to the main office door and complete a punctuality slip.

Thank you

SWFC have very kindly donated a signed Wednesday shirt to the school.

We would like to organise a school fundraising activity where the winner would receive the shirt. If you have any ideas please do get in touch.

Thank you

Please also ensure that your child has a PE kit in school on the days they are attending an after-school club.

Thank you

INSET days this year are as follows:

Monday 1st November 2021

Monday 21st February 2021

Thursday 21st July 2021

Friday 22nd July 2021

We have been notified by the council to take an additional bank holiday date as the Queen’s Jubilee takes place in the school holiday.

The additional bank holiday for St John’s is Friday 26th November 2021. School will be closed this day.

Important dates for your diary

The school have been asked to remind parents if they have not already done so to register via the link below if they would like their child to receive the Nasal Flu Vaccine in school.

If you would like your child to receive the nasal flu vaccine in school please follow this link to complete an online consent form;

The vaccinations will take place at your child’s school on 04/10/2021 The link will close on 27/09/2021 If your child has already had the Nasal Flu vaccine since Sept 2021 please disregard this msg. If you have any problems accessing the link please telephone 0333 358 3397 (opt 2)

Thank you to parents that have already completed the form.

Reading is a fundamental skill, which underpins a child’s success in school. Reading opens up your child to whole new worlds, ignites their imagination, and promotes emotional intelligence and empathy. Through becoming confident and competent readers, children will be able to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language skills. This academic year we are making reading one of our primary focusses with increased time allotted for phonics, comprehension and intervention activities within school.

A parent or carer’s role in the teaching or sharing of reading remains paramount to their child’s progress and this is highly valued by the school. You can help your children by encouraging them to read at home as much as possible. This could be every night for at least 10 minutes or for a longer period during the weekends. We hope that together you can create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book with your child is a time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. We understand that as children grow older, sharing books together can be a challenge as they become much more independent! We would ask that you encourage this self-determination and allow them the time to explore books alone.

Each child has been sent home with a Reading Record book. Please help us to encourage and promote the importance of reading in school by signing your child’s record and returning them to school daily for signing by a staff member. If your child has read and completed their records independently, an initial from a parent or carer is sufficient. Those children who read regularly at home (4 to 5 times a week) will be rewarded with a termly treat! We are currently asking the children which treats they would like. It could be a bouncy castle, film and popcorn afternoon.

As a School we have been affected by cancer within our Staff and Pupils and I can imagine that everyone knows someone in their family or friendship group that has been affected by this disease. On Friday 24th September 2021 we are asking for all children to wear something green or purple and bring in a monetary donation of £1. If you do not have this colour clothing then just wear something of a different colour.

We will also be selling cakes to the children for £1 a slice/bun during the day. If you can help us and can donate a cake or buns to sell please bring in a named tin box on the morning of the 24th September, all donations would be greatly appreciated. Staff are getting involved and baking/bringing in something sweet to sell.

The money (£2) can be dropped into a collection box in each classroom and then the office staff will collate it several days later. I am sure you are aware that all charities are really struggling as charity donations have reduced dramatically since coronavirus. Any support would be gratefully received. Thank you.

Nasal Flu Vaccine

If you would like your child to receive the nasal flu vaccine in school please follow this link to complete an online consent form;

The vaccinations will take place at your child’s school on 04/10/2021 The link will close on 27/09/2021 If your child has already had the Nasal Flu vaccine since Sept 2021 please disregard this msg. If you have any problems accessing the link please telephone 0333 358 3397 (opt 2)

Start and End Times

We have found the staggered start and end times beneficial from a safety point of view and parking. It has not hindered the education of children so we plan to keep staggered start times. Children will all enter through the main gate and go either through the Y3 gate or the Y6 gate depending on where their classroom is situated. The gate between Royd Nursery Infant and Deepcar St John’s will be reopened. Please visit for the latest Covid 19 information.

School Times

Year Group Start Time End time

Year 3 8.50am – 8.55am 3.20pm

Year 4 8.40am – 8.45am 3.15pm

Year 5 8.40am – 8.45am 3.15pm

Year 6 8.50am – 8.55am 3.20pm


Currently no guidance has been issued on changing into PE kit in school so school is presuming that the children will need to bring their PE kit into school on their PE days and get changed at school. Please ensure that your child brings their PE kit with them when school reopens on the 1st September.

Curriculum days 2021-22 – and The Queen’s Jubilee

Next year there is an additional bank holiday for the Queens Jubilee. As this will be during half term, the Local Authority will advise schools if they are to take an additional day’s holiday. We will let you know if this is the case and the date when we know more.

Stocksbridge Hub foodbank

The foodbank in Stocksbridge has been in touch to say they have large quantities of food available. If you are struggling financially and need some help feeding your children please call in to see them and say that your child attends Deepcar/Royd Nursery Infant. You do not need to provide additional evidence, they will just appreciate the food being used up. Thank you

Nut allergy

Nut products are banned at both schools. We have children with significant allergies that are at risk. Please ensure that your child does not bring any food products into school that contain nuts and check the labels carefully of any packaged food. Thank you


Please look at the website link below to check your child will be wearing the appropriate uniform. Please ensure cardigans and jumpers have the school logo on. All other items may be bought cheaply at supermarkets.


Uniform donation

If your child is leaving school or simply out grown their uniform would you please consider donating it to the school so we can pass it onto families that would really appreciate not buying new uniform. Please bring into school at the end of next week or the beginning of next academic year.

Thank you.

Staff News

Deepcar St John’s have appointed a new teacher for September 2021. Miss Megan Woods-Booth has been appointed to teach an additional class in September.


A plea to all parent/carers to please ensure your child continues to read. If you have a Lexia account continue to use this everyday for short periods. It really does make a difference. Also, if your child has any books at home that belong to school, please can you return then as soon as possible. Thank you.

Please see our Facebook page, this will provide you with information about current events across the school, school outings and school visitors.

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Autumn Fayre - Enterprise — 26-Sep-2016 10:17:18

Chocolate Trip — 26-Sep-2016 09:31:12

Book Fair — 26-Sep-2016 09:14:38

Welcome to 2016 - 2017!! — 26-Sep-2016 07:48:57

Reading Reward — 18-Jul-2016 15:54:29

The Oakes - Y4 — 24-Jun-2016 15:20:53

Year 3 Summer Camp — 20-Jun-2016 15:41:59

Eco Warriors — 03-Jun-2016 13:57:16

Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre — 26-May-2016 11:48:39

Year 6 London Residential! — 25-May-2016 16:21:06

Whole School Celebrates Queen's 90th Birthday — 24-May-2016 13:33:43

Ready, steady, BAKE! — 06-May-2016 16:49:38

Traditional Tales Freeze Frames — 22-Apr-2016 10:46:12

Set 1 Mathletics Homework! — 22-Apr-2016 09:26:55

Y4 French - Quelle est la date aujourd'hui? — 19-Apr-2016 15:05:40

Big Pedal 2016 — 16-Apr-2016 12:01:58

100% Attendance in Year 3 — 15-Apr-2016 14:56:21

NSPCC Sponsorship — 15-Apr-2016 14:52:49

Our Changing World-Spring is here! — 14-Apr-2016 16:40:08

World Book Day and DEAR Week — 11-Mar-2016 11:59:35

World Book Day - Book Swap — 08-Mar-2016 17:50:11

Cosmic Classroom! — 02-Feb-2016 15:53:32

Y3 Sewing Skills Day — 01-Feb-2016 14:20:54

Deepcar Rowers Win in Sheffield! — 28-Jan-2016 16:54:55

Young Voices 2016! — 20-Jan-2016 13:00:14

February Half Term @ Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre — 18-Jan-2016 14:40:50

Y3 travel back in time to WW2 — 15-Jan-2016 09:36:48

Year 6 Visit to Crucial Crew! — 13-Jan-2016 13:10:36

Y5...Street Dance — 08-Jan-2016 17:29:16

Reading Reward! — 06-Jan-2016 12:41:12

Street Dance! — 05-Jan-2016 17:20:34

Christmas Snowmen! — 18-Dec-2015 10:00:45

Jack and the Beanstalk — 11-Dec-2015 17:14:13

Strings Performance — 11-Dec-2015 17:04:41

It's good to be Greek! — 11-Dec-2015 10:45:41

Well done Choir! — 07-Dec-2015 12:36:38

Y6 have it sorted! — 04-Dec-2015 17:24:53

Our school chickens! — 03-Dec-2015 17:41:08

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... — 02-Dec-2015 17:03:00

Set 5 English — 01-Dec-2015 08:49:01

Before School — 30-Nov-2015 16:58:23

A parcel from India! — 26-Nov-2015 17:20:55

Becoming Egyptologists for the day! — 24-Nov-2015 08:09:53

Maths - Set 8 - Converting and Ordering fractions — 23-Nov-2015 15:33:12

PE in Year 3 this half term at St Johns's... — 17-Nov-2015 08:18:14

Regular Reading Reward! — 11-Nov-2015 16:35:24

Jesus is... — 10-Nov-2015 17:52:33

Our Changing World — 20-Oct-2015 20:53:49

Computing and Christmas Cards! — 18-Oct-2015 20:24:10

Y6 Skills Days! — 09-Oct-2015 09:07:59

In a State! — 08-Oct-2015 16:48:58

Skills Day — 02-Oct-2015 17:04:04

Y5 Music — 28-Sep-2015 14:44:18

Macmillan Coffee and Parents Afternoon....and cake!!! — 28-Sep-2015 14:43:29

Mega Maths — 22-Sep-2015 11:33:45

Homework Extravaganza! — 22-Sep-2015 07:00:51

Bikeability at St John's — 18-Sep-2015 15:16:13

Settling in, in Year 3... — 15-Sep-2015 16:12:31

Powerful Poetry from Set 8. — 11-Sep-2015 15:06:10

In a State! — 10-Sep-2015 08:34:02

French around school! — 09-Sep-2015 16:17:36

Theatre comes to Deepcar St John's — 08-Sep-2015 07:35:09

Big Pedal Success! — 30-Mar-2015 13:21:14

Zulu Warriors — 10-Mar-2015 17:34:26

Drop Everything and Read Week! — 10-Mar-2015 15:57:59

Warburtons' bread making — 06-Mar-2015 17:28:35

Friday 30th January - Maths in the Snow — 09-Feb-2015 10:54:24

School Closure Thursday 29th January 2015 — 29-Jan-2015 06:31:58

Church inspection - we are a Good school! — 26-Jan-2015 12:29:48

School Closure — 21-Jan-2015 09:32:02

21.01.15 - Late Opening — 21-Jan-2015 06:43:31

Welcome back. — 21-Jan-2015 06:38:39

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas — 19-Dec-2014 16:44:03

Christmas Carol Service — 17-Dec-2014 10:44:13

Poetry Recital — 16-Dec-2014 11:21:42

Bike-it Fun — 27-Nov-2014 17:51:15

WOW Week! — 19-Nov-2014 12:33:31

Y6 Travel Training — 17-Nov-2014 16:22:10

Children In Need — 13-Nov-2014 12:10:53

Angela Smith, MP, Christmas card competition 2014 — 04-Nov-2014 12:35:17

Instructions — 20-Oct-2014 16:42:09

Year 3 Clay Sculptures — 20-Oct-2014 16:36:14

African Mask and Dance Day — 20-Oct-2014 16:22:09

Storyteller - Bob Hardman — 20-Oct-2014 15:21:26

Art Day... — 09-Oct-2014 06:28:07

Hello... — 07-Oct-2014 14:39:32

Year 5 Enterprise — 16-Jul-2014 11:29:37

Musical Performance — 03-Jul-2014 15:52:19

NED came to visit... — 01-Jul-2014 10:27:33

Year 2 Transition Day — 25-Jun-2014 09:07:28

Arabian Night's comes to Deepcar! — 13-Jun-2014 15:54:19

Writer Winner! — 04-Jun-2014 14:46:42

Art Day! — 03-Feb-2014 15:59:02

Bake Sale! — 22-Jan-2014 16:44:53

Macmillan Coffee Morning and Open Afternoon. — 27-Sep-2013 17:53:56

Let's Get Sheffield! — 27-Sep-2013 17:22:55

Jofli's Summer Adventure — 18-Sep-2013 16:12:40

Baby Thompson! — 12-Jul-2013 15:42:06

Mrs Thompson — 07-Jun-2013 15:27:48

Year 5 French Day — 14-May-2013 16:11:34

Y5 Residential — 14-May-2013 11:38:47

Summer Tennis — 07-May-2013 16:48:57

Y4 Residential — 03-May-2013 16:21:02

Gardening Club — 22-Apr-2013 15:16:31