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Welcome to

Totnes St John's C of E Primary School

Essential information about our school

School facilities

We are in a single storey, modern building with good facilities including our own kitchen. The school is on a large, leafy site. The grounds include a vegetable patch and an area of woodland with a shallow stream. We also have a substantial sports field. Pupils enjoy two large playgrounds, with seating areas for children to sit and talk and there is a small copse which the children can use as part of their lunchtime play space. A grassy area with climbing frames is especially popular after school. The youngest pupils, in the Foundation Stage (aged 4 to 5), have their own enclosed outdoor play area.

School organisation

The school is organised into three age groups:

  • Foundation Stage: Reception class (4 -5year olds)
  • Key Stage 1: Years 1 and 2 (5-7 year olds)
  • Key Stage 2: Years 3 to 6 (7-11 year olds)

There is one class per year group. The maximum number of pupils is 30 in each class.  As well as the teacher, each class has at least one teaching assistant. We also have staff who support individual children.

The curriculum

At St John’s we follow the National Curriculum. We aim to inspire every child. We teach through creativity and challenge. We feed curiosity, problem solving, teamwork and independence.

We teach English and Mathematics to all pupils on most days. We also teach Science, Information and Communications Technology, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education (including swimming), French and Religious Education.

At St John's we take every opportunity we can to inspire children through firsthand experience. This means that we deliver the curriculum in a range of ways, outside as well as inside the classroom. Activities and trips extend and deepen school learning, build a sense of belonging, and are often the things children remember long after they leave St John's. We give parents a summary of the topics their child explore in class at the start of each term.

Many pupils talk with enthusiasm about their learning experiences. Children learn with visiting specialists – including artists, scientists and leading sports people - as well as through our team of skilful staff. We make regular trips into Totnes and the surrounding area.

Home school links

We are a friendly, caring school and like to think we will get to know all our families. Every child has a ‘HomeSchool Link Book’ for practical notes. Staff usually have an open door at the end of the school day. Mr Squire, the Head teacher, is in the playground to say hello most mornings. For any serious or private issues parents can of course make an appointment.


The school offers regular homework according to the age and needs of pupils, in line with national guidance. Other ways to join in Parents and carers of children at St John’s have many ways to join in. Our ‘Drop everything and read’ mornings are particularly successful.

The School Council

Children are voted onto the School Council by their classmates. The School Council meet with the Assistant Head regularly to give feedback from the pupils. The council also has an annual sum of money to spend on making the school a better place.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

As an inclusive school we do everything we can to support children with their particular needs. The school and parents/carers work together closely for the child’s benefit. Often special educational needs are picked up by the class teacher. If a teacher becomes aware that a child has a special educational need, we will get in touch. The school follows the national Code of Practice for SEN. Mrs Cate is the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

The School Day

The school playgrounds are supervised from 8.45am. Children come into class at 8.55am. School ends at 3.15pm, except on Fridays (see below). We run a Breakfast Club from 8.00am and a Tea Time Club between 3.15 and 4.30pm. Please ask at the office for details. There are also professional child minders and an out-of-school club in Totnes, who pick up from the school.


We are very fortunate to have our own kitchen where all meals are prepared. The children eat together and can bring a packed lunch if they prefer. Some of our children have free school meals. Please have a quiet word at the school office if you think you might qualify.  Click here to see the current school menu.

Friday afternoon fun....

At St John's school finishes at 1.30pm every Friday. The younger children love having a slightly longer weekend. Many of the older children take part in a wide range of fun clubs and activities on Friday afternoon. These run until 3.15pm and include sports, arts and hobby clubs. It also gives staff some time to get together to learn, develop, plan and reflect. Click here to see more information about the after-school clubs that are currently available.

School uniform

Our school colour is red. In our experience, the school uniform helps the children feel that they belong to the St John's family. Pupils wear a white or red polo shirt with a red cardigan or sweatshirt. Trousers and skirts are black or grey (no jeans please). In summer, some children wear shorts or red gingham dresses. It is a practical uniform, which is widely available in the usual shops. If you would like your child to wear the school logo, sweatshirts, polo shirts, PE shirts and baseball caps with the school logo are available for sale from the school office for the following prices (lower price is Pupil Premium reduction):

  • Sweatshirts - £9.00/£7.20
  • Cardigan (sweatshirt material - £9.00/£7.20
  • Polo shirts (white or red) - £7.00/£5.60
  • Baseball caps - £4.00/£3.20
  • PE T-shirts - £4.50/£3.60

We are also able to supply school PE bags (£3.00) and book bags (£4.50).

Things inevitably get lost, so please name all your children's uniform. Simple ear studs are the only jewellery allowed. The school's insurance policy does not cover damage or injury caused by wearing of jewellery.

PE Kit

All children take part in P.E. lessons, which include sport, dance and gymnastics.

Indoor kit: black shorts, red T-shirt and pumps

Outdoor kit: black shorts or tracksuit, red T-shirt, a warm lack or red sports top and outdoor pumps or trainers.

The school does well in local sports competitions and there are plenty of opportunities to be involved.

What do children wear for Forest School?

Children change out of uniform and into old, outdoor clothes for Forest school. It is fun and active, and can mean getting messy! The teacher will contact you with more details when it is forest school time for your child's class.

Keep a bag at school

Children need a bag for their PE kit and one for Forest school clothes. These can stay in school during the week and go home to be washed at weekends and holidays.