St. John's Mead School
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The Good Life.
The Good Life.

Welcome to the St John's Mead School Web Site

A warm welcome to St John's Mead School. We are situated in the Market town of Chipping Sodbury lying at the foot of the southern Cotswold escarpment below Dodington Park in southern Gloucestershire 8 miles north-west of Bristol. As the Chipping in its name implies, it was once an important market centre in medieval times and stands at the crossroads on the main route between Bristol, Oxford and London.

St John's Mead School is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School which serves the community of Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire and is controlled by the Local Education Authority. Voluntary controlled schools are schools that were originally controlled by the Church.

The school currently has 308 primary aged pupils and a Nursery for 60 children. The school teaches the National Curriculum and religious education follows the Local Education Authority's agreed syllabus.



What a fabulous day!  A huge thank you to everyone who helped at the Working Party, we achieved so much: the Nursery garden was tidied; the Reflection Garden weeded; the willow sculpture was pruned; the flower planters repaired, weeded and replanted; the Resource Centre repainted and a new path dug!  Not bad for a day's work!  Special thanks go to the PTA for providing such wonderful refreshments.  The school looks great and it was wonderful seeing parents, governors, staff and children working in partnership on what was a jolly, productive day.  On behalf of the whole school, THANK YOU! 


We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for our Gardening and Spring Clean Saturday  (10am-2pm).  Please come prepared to help garden, paint or use your carpentry skills for an hour or two.  If possible please bring any of the following: old/spare paint brushes to paint the outside of the wooden Resource Centre; secateurs to prune the willow structure; tool kit to repair the wooden planters, and any gardening equipment you may want to use for weeding and planting.  The PTA will be providing soup, rolls and cake so we will be well looked after!  See you tomorrow!


Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising activities for Red Nose Day, we raised an impressive £200 (we dug deep to round up!).  The children have had a fabulous time dancing throughout the day with Zumba classes kindly (and energetically) run by Miss Bryant.  The Nursery enjoyed the wonderful face painting thanks to the talented  Mrs Robertson.  The school is currently waiting to hear who won the Danceathon organised by Mrs Hicks, Miss Dolan and Mrs Lodge.  Results out after collective worship.  Unfortunately we had to postpone the Wake and Shake event for the morning but don't worry - we'll do it next week instead.


Non-uniform tomorrow for Red Nose Day.  Bring a donation and come ready to dance!


As you know, Skoolbo, the free on-line programme for English and Maths, has taken off at SJM.  We currently rank 4th across the country!  As a follow up to the parents' meeting  there will be two drop in sessions for parents and carers to work with their children in the computer suite on Skoolbo:

Tues 10th February 2:45 - 3:15pm

Thurs 12th February 2:45 - 3:15pm

The places will be limited to 12 per session, so let the office know if you would like to attend. 

You are also welcome to use the computer suite after school on Tuesdays to supervise your child using Skoolbo or researching homework (although printing is not permitted).

We look forward to seeing you soon or hearing how Skoolbo is taking off in your home.



We meet from 7pm in the school staff room. Everyone welcome

Diary: Head Teacher


Wow, the weeks are flying by and it is already halfway through the school year so time to say thank you to our old House Captains and a big welcome to our new ones.

Congratulations to Grace C and Jack S (Yellow), Danielle G and Callum R (Red), Abi B and Edward L (Blue) and Emma C and Oliver C (Green).  All these children were nominated by their peers to represent their house teams and I know they will do a fabulous job as House Captains. 


WOW!  All our children have performed so wonderfully this week in their Christmas performances.  The singing across the school has been fabulous as demonstrated by the SJM Now That's What We Call Christmas CD!  I'm looking forward to hearing our choir sing with the Westerleigh Brass Band tonight.


What a fabulous morning spent with our grandparents.  The KS1 children enjoyed performing their play, the choir sang and grandparents were shown around the classrooms.  At 2pm it is the turn of KS2 to perform their dress rehearsal to grandparents and parents/carers with small children.  Exciting, it is definitely the Christmas season!