St John's C of E Primary School

"Use your God-given gifts to serve others." 1 Peter 4: 10

Next Year

Dear Parents,

This is an exciting time of year for many of the children. Most of them are really looking forward to the holidays, and some are keen to find out who their new teacher will be. For other children, they find this time of year stressful and sad. They have spent months building up a positive relationship with their teacher and teaching assistant, and they are worried about leaving them and starting again. Other children are worried about the work being harder, or the rules being different.


The best way to support your child during transition is to listen to their concerns. Their feelings may be unjustified, but they are nevertheless real to them. Acknowledging them is important. Speaking positively about their new class and teacher is also important. If you talk negatively, or share your concerns over the change, then children will pick up on this and think that there is something to worry about.

Spend time with your child thinking about all the things that will stay the same: the uniform, the building, the other adults in school, the lunch hall, the collective worship. When they are worried, children start talking about how "everything" is different. The reality is that it's not everything- and for some children, thinking about the things that stay the same is really useful.

If your child is particularly stressed about transition, do come and talk to us so that we can support them.

Remember: Change can be scary, but it can also be great.

Teachers for Academic Year 2022-2023.

Nursery: Mrs Smith

Reception: Miss Hobbs and Mrs Rooker

Year 1:

Miss Kaur will be teaching RA and they will be called 1K

Mrs Cowan-Norris will be teaching RH and they will be called 1N

Year 2:

Miss Poole will be teaching 1N and they will be called 2P

Mrs Bata will be teaching 1S and they will be called 2B

Year 3:

Miss Lockwood/ Mrs Marakova will be teaching 2P and they will be called 3LM

Mrs Begum will be teaching 2B and they will be called 3B

Year 4:

Mrs Rafaqat will be teaching 3M and they will be called 4R

Miss Tulloch will be teaching 3B and they will be called 4T

Year 5:

Mr Ludlow will be teaching 4K and they will be called 5L

Mrs Hudson-Evans will be teaching 4C and they will be called 5HE

Year 6:

Mr Sufyain will be teaching 5HE and they will be called 6S

Mrs Akhtar will be teaching 5L and they will be called 6A

More Staff news:

There are some changes happening to the staff team in September.

Mrs Harborne will be returning from maternity leave in September, and will be working in Reception and Year 1. Mrs Harborne is the Early Years Leader.

Mrs Kirby is also returning from maternity leave and will be working in years 2, 3 and 4. Mrs Kirby is Assistant Headteacher and leads Years 1, 2 and 3. She also leads English across the school.

Mr Collett is leaving teaching to pursue a career in finance

Mrs Wale is leaving to work in another school.

Miss Abernethy is relocating to a different part of the country.

I would like to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to the children of the school. I am sure you would like to join me in wishing them lots of luck in the future.

Best wishes,

Mrs Seymour