St. John's Mead School
"Valuing effort, valuing others, valuing self"


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Taking a well earned break.
Taking a well earned break.

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.



To prepare for our 25 yr celebration it is a non-uniform day today. 90s style if you fancy it, otherwise your choice!


Well our Year 6s have had a fabulous time and are on their way home now and should be back by the end of the school day (they are enjoying the air conditioned coach!).  The Year 5s have arrrived safely and are already settled in their cabins and ready to go!


Year 6s are back safe and sound and very enthusiastic about their trip!


Remember to pack sun lotion and sun hat for your trip and a water bottle too -  it's meant to get hot this week! Have fun!


Whoops! Tomorrow is MUFTI day with donations for the adult tombola (not children's as I said in the newsletter!).

All donations will go towards the Summer Fair. Thank you!


Day off for children

Diary: Head Teacher


Well done SJM on winning the Carnival Float 2015 with the fabulous Wizard of Oz entry.  The spectacular Emerald City and stunning walking procession led by the wicked witch of the West was a sight to behold.  Huge thanks go to all the children, parents and staff who helped make the day such a success.  Special thanks go to the carnival team who spend hours constructing and making the float and costumes!  Let me know, or see Carene Whiting or Liz Ranger, if you are interested in joining the carnival committee for 2016!


Wow!  I have just come back from hearing our choir sing in the Town Hall (see Showcase for a photo!).  This was part of the Chipping Sodbury Festival and our children started off the musical celebration with their lunchtime concert.  Huge thanks go to our fabulous Miss Carr who has inspired and guided our children to great heights.  There will be an opportunity to hear our children sing again this week as on Friday the older children will be performing in the Combined Schools Concert in the Town Hall.  With the Carnival on Saturday and lots of events during the week, it is an exciting time at SJM!


I am so proud of our children as they consistently show our christian values in action.  As a church school we know it is important to show 'Valuing effort, valuing others, valuing self' and, as usual, this has been apparent in so many in and out of school events recently.  During the Festival of Sport our children recognised the importance of respect (and were rather affronted when they saw examples of this not taking place!).  The Rugby team did very well coming second and the Athletics team also did well - a full report will be given on Friday.  

Huge thanks go to Mrs Judith Welsh and team for organising today's Reception and KS1 Sports Day.  Feedback from parents, staff and governors has already been positive:

'I spotted one child in particular who spent most of  the morning cheering for his team mates and watching what they were doing with 'oooooh'  if something was missed and 'yes' on success.  Also,  the children in the running races were happy and accepted not winning! The atmosphere was warm (unlike the wind) and encouraging with all taking part either with or without some support.' 

Fabulous to see our value of Humility in action!  Let's hope tomorrow's weather is equally dry for our KS2 (Junior) Sports Day.  Nursery's sports day is on Monday 15th.