About Us

St. John’s is a happy, caring and energetic Church of England Primary School at the heart of a vibrant community in Clifton and Redland.

We have been judged Outstanding by OFSTED in our last two consecutive inspections in 2009 and 2015 and are proud of our immensely skilled, dedicated team of staff, all of whom are committed to delivering an exceptional education. We are highly inclusive, welcoming children from all backgrounds, religions, world views and those with learning differences. St. John’s is a place where children can flourish and achieve, from their first day in Reception right through to Year 6.

Our vision ‘Together, Fly High Like an Eagle’ reflects our commitment to provide educational excellence within a highly aspirational environment.

Our core belief is that there are no limits to how much our children can achieve. Through the Christian foundation of our school, twinned with a focus on the St. John’s Christian values, our children thrive in an environment where they learn to be the best person they can be.

Our Vision and Ethos

We are a Church of England school with an inclusive, modern and vibrant vision, respecting all religions and world views.

Our core belief is that there are no limits to how highly our children can achieve. We aim to develop the whole child and offer every individual the  opportunity to discover their strengths, fulfil their potential and fly high like an eagle.

At St. John’s we believe the school experience for every child should be a rich and varied one. We embrace the concept of working together and recognising that one success builds on another, always encouraging forward momentum and fresh opportunities. We deliver a broad, cohesive curriculum, designed to meet all our children’s needs, with a strong emphasis on bringing learning to life through real life experiences.  We firmly believe that   learning should not simply be the narrow focus of achievement in tests, instead we strive for it to be purposeful, imaginative and designed to celebrate each and every individual success.

Through our holistic, child-centred approach to teaching, there is a shared commitment to develop our young people as lifelong learners and become the very best people they can. At St. John’s everyone can learn, have fun and feel safe and cared for, every day. We are a school with unbounded aspirations, a place where we challenge and inspire our children, nurturing them to become confident, independent  and resilient individuals.


We believe education should be about the whole person, with a focus on providing children with experiences that allow them to develop the ability to reflect on themselves, others and the community they share.

As a Church of England school, our six Christian values, represented in the wings of the eagle, enable us to achieve our vision and are fundamental to all that we do;

Respect – Friendship – Positivity – Equality – Determination – Collaboration

These values are explored and exemplified in bible stories and when followed enable our children to fly high like an eagle, providing them with the opportunities to live life in all its fullness. They are the very mechanism through which we achieve our vision, allowing us to work together and become the best people we can be. This vision is central to everything we do, is the basis for any plans we make and forms the bedrock of the whole school.

At St. John’s we follow a Christian ethos and a positive understanding of the beliefs and traditions of the Christian faith. We are also highly inclusive and acknowledge many of our children and their families come from a wide range of faiths and world views. We are open and welcoming to all and we recognise a variety of worldwide events and celebrations.

We have a close connection to our foundation church, All Saints Clifton and enjoy excellent links with many other local churches, organisations and global communities, such as Fingerprints of Uganda.

Services (assemblies) are held every day, giving our children valuable time to think, reflect and develop spiritually. We consider this fundamental to our well-being as we believe spiritual development is key in helping all children grow academically, but more importantly personally, so they become well-rounded young people, ready to soar high like an eagle and take their own special place in today’s society.

Working for us

If you're searching for your next post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for.  By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs.