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Why Our School is Special

St. John’s CE is friendly school which provides education for children aged four to eleven years of age. We have a PAN of 12 children in each year group with some of these year groups together in one cohort. Explorers class- Reception and Year 1, Discoverers class- Year 2 and Year 3, Inventors class- Year 4 and Year 5 and Adventurers class- Year 6. It is our aim to provide a stimulating environment in which each child can develop fully as an individual. We will help all pupils develop their personal and social skills and achieve their full academic potential. We encourage them to be independent and resourceful and to value and consider the needs and feelings of others.


We are proud of our inclusive approach to learning throughout the school, catering for individual children’s needs. The whole family is important and we take time to help and support each child in all their learning needs. Our teachers and teaching assistants work together in a supportive team, ensuring that basic skills are taught effectively whilst providing an exciting, creative approach to the whole curriculum. We encourage first hand learning experiences and aim for every child to be engaged and motivated in their learning.

We use our beautiful school grounds to support teaching and learning across all areas of the curriculum as well as for enrichment activities including Forest Schools, gardening and additional sports. We encourage staff to explore our local environment walking up to Tandle Hill, Hopwood Woods and exploring the Church grounds. We also like to take the children on educational visits linked to their current learning to enable that to have real hand on experiences. We also enjoy going on whole school trips to the theatre every year.


Music plays a large part in the life of the school, with Rochdale Music service providing many music lessons as well as our own choir. We thoroughly enjoy taking part in Dance competitions and performances at various venues across Rochdale and take teams to represent school in various sporting events organised by Rochdale Borough School Games Partnership.


We have been accredited with the Healthy Schools’ Enhanced Status award which commends our focus on Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and the provision for Emotional aspects to learning.


Each half term we focus on one of our school values and our Collective Worship assemblies as well as the refection areas in the classroom focus on stories from the bible which relate to the value. We encourage and support children to make connections between God’s work and how that links to their own life. The Lighthouse Crew are a group of children who lead Wednesday worship and love to teach the children new hymns and songs. At the end of each term we share our Church School Service with parents/carers and other members of the community, this gives us the opportunity to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and Easter and at the end of the year say farewell to our Year 6 leavers.


We hope that this website will give you a hint of what our school is all about, but this can never replace first-hand experience. Therefore, we would encourage you to come and see us in action and speak to our staff and children yourself.

You will find home learning activities for your child to complete each week on this website, under the children's tab and on your child's class page to ensure their learning journey continues.