This is a good school School records, current pupils' work and the performance of pupils in national assessments show that pupils make good progress. Pupils' previously high absences are reducing quickly. Pupils' attendance is good.
Teaching over time makes a positive difference to pupils' abilities. They learn well across subjects. Following a period of much change, the new headteacher has brought stability and a clear sense of direction to the school.
She makes sure staff learn what good education looks like. She supports staff and leaders skilfully. Senior and middle leaders work together successfully to improve the school.
They make sure pupils' a...ssessments are used carefully to review and improve learning. Pupils become skilled, confident readers because of first-rate support from teachers and teaching assistants. Pupils benefit much from reading widely and often at school.
They are eager to read even more. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 learn to grapple with complex mathematical problems. The teaching of all pupils in these classes, including the most able, is skilful.
However, in some other classes the most able pupils need more challenge in mathematics activities. Leaders and governors make sure that the decisions they make uphold the Christian values of the school. Pupils have a clear understanding of the school's values.
Leaders are developing a school where teachers are increasingly confident and creative in how they teach. Children in the early years gain a good start to their education. They grow quickly in their confidence and learn many new skills, for example in how to write for a range of purposes.
Pupils have a clear understanding of the Christian faith and what it can mean for their lives. They respect that other people may have different beliefs to themselves. However, they do not have a well-developed knowledge of other faiths and religions.
Pupils understand how democracy works at school, but do not understand enough about democracy in their local area or nationally. Pupils behave sensibly in lessons and around the school. They care for one another and show much respect for staff.
They feel safe and enjoy their learning at St John's.
Information about this school
St John's is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage.
The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is average. The proportion of pupils eligible for support through the government's pupil premium funding is average. There are no pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan.
The headteacher is new to the school since the previous inspection. The school meets the government's floor standards, which set the minimum requirements for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.