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Mortimer St John`s C E Infant School
West End Road, Mortimer, RG7 3SY, UK Reading
+44 (0)118 933 2242
www:http://www.westberks.org/schools/msje-mail:office.msj@westberks.org

 
 


The School

 

Mortimer St John's is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England Infant School serving the village of Mortimer and the surrounding local areas.

The original Victorian school was built in 1889 with additions in the late 1960s and 90's. St John's school is set in the heart of the village, next to St John's Church and opposite the village green - known locally as the Fairground. We are a focal point of the village and proud to play an important role in the life of the community.

Our children come from various Nursery and Pre-School settings, including Mortimer Pre-School, Mortimer Kindergarten, Rainbow Montessori, The Ark Nursery and Little Tots Pre-School. Most of our children move onto Mortimer St Mary's CE (Voluntary Aided) Junior School and we pride ourselves on the close links between the two village schools.


Our Community

 

Parental involvement is always welcome at St John's. Parents are actively involved in various aspects of school life such as changing children's library books, cooking, art and craft work, hearing children read and preparing morning drinks.

If you feel that you would like to assist and support the school in any way, please call in, there is always plenty to do!

Parents and Friends of St John's

The Parents and Friends of St John's is a hardworking group of parents, staff and friends who organise social events and fund raise for the school. All parents are automatically members of the Parents and Friends of St John's Association and are very welcome to join the committee. There are several social activities throughout the year including the May Fair, Bonfire Night, discos for the children, barbecues - all of these are important social events that bring the community together for a good time.


Admissions

 

At St John's we have our own registration of interest form which we ask you to complete as soon as you decide you would like your child to attend the school. Parents are invited to look around the school prior to registering their child.

St John's policy for admitting Foundation Stage children into school is as follows:-

  1. Children with 5th birthdays between 1st September and 31st December will start full time in September.
  2. Children with 5th birthdays between 1st January and 31st August will start part-time in September and full time in January.

At the appropriate time you will be sent an official Application Form from West Berkshire Council. West Berkshire Local Education Authority (LEA) Admissions policy follows the criteria listed below:-

  1. Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs
  2. Vulnerable Children
  3. Catchment area children
  4. Siblings
  5. Linked partner school children
  6. Denominational/non-denominational requests
  7. Strong social grounds
  8. All other applicants

Please see West Berkshire Council's booklet 'Parents' Guide to Admissions'.

The school's planned admission figure is 60 children and maximum capacity is 180.


The Oaks After School Club

 

The club runs from 3.10pm to 6.00pm daily during term time. This is for the children of St John's and St Mary's schools and is based in St John's school hall. Registration forms, details and current fees are available from the office. The children enjoy numerous art and craft activities, cooking, games, themed role-play areas, cinema nights, discos, parties as well as the opportunity to be quiet if they wish.


Extra Activities

 

We offer extra-curricular activities to enhance the stimulating and enriching environment. These activities may include Line Dancing, Le Club Francais, Gardening Club, Recorders, Choir and Football. There may be a small fee for these clubs.

Educational Visits

Children are regularly taken to places of interest to complement their work. Selection of the venue is carried out by the class teachers involved who always undertake a preliminary visit if it is a place unknown to them. Children may visit sites in the village, such as the church, and parents are requested to sign an annual permission slip for these short local visits.

Charging Policy

In order to give the children a wide range of experiences some activities may incur expenses. These are cooking, visits of music and drama groups, trips out of school for educational purposes and craft.

Under the Education Act 1996 these costs must be met by voluntary contributions. If voluntary contributions do not cover the cost, we may, reluctantly, have to cancel the activity. Where there is genuine financial hardship we can sometimes find help in making these contributions. The school's policy on charging is available on request.

In a special partnership with the whole church family, Mortimer schools agree to:

  • Provide a safe place of learning where children can grow
  • Build confidence, skills, imagination and respect for others
  • Celebrate success and independence on the learning journey
  • Care for, and listen to, each member of the school family
  • Build strong links between our infant and junior schools
  • Welcome all children whatever their parents' beliefs
  • Create good working relationships with parents and carers
  • Reach out to, and involve, the local and global community



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