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The school is situated in the village of Digswell on the Hertford Road approximately two miles from Welwyn and four miles from Hertford. The village is adjacent to the northern outskirts of Welwyn Garden City. Digswell is a pleasant area situated in rural surroundings, yet close to the A1(M) and railway, which makes for easy access to London and destinations north.

In common with many church schools, the original buildings date from 1872 and 1893 and these are still used as a classroom and library. An additional classroom was added in 1948 and a hall, kitchen and linking corridor in 1959. Three light and spacious classrooms were added in 1973 and these usually accommodate the children in Key Stage 2. A sixth classroom was opened in 1983. The old school house has been converted to create the reception area, offices, staff room, medical room and group learning room. Our purpose built nursery was opened in 1981 and stands across the playground from the main building. A seventh and final classroom was built alongside the nursery in 2002 to house the Reception class, thus making a Foundation Stage unit. Both Nursery and Reception have the Hertfordshire Quality Standards award (HQS) with the latest accreditation in 2014.

As well as the usual hard play area, a playing field runs along the back of the school and it is surrounded by trees and is bordered on one side by the River Mimram. We have developed a riverside nature reserve for scientific and environmental work and also have a woodland area for Forest Schools activities. There are also vegetable beds and a pond and the school grounds generally lend themselves to outdoor learning and investigations.

The Governors have an on-going building development plan which ultimately includes the replacement of our rather inadequate hall of 1959. The plan is constantly reviewed so that we have buildings which can provide the facilities to meet the demands of new educational initiatives . For example we have refurbished our school library to enhance ICT provision and a first floor group room for music lessons and learning support.

St John’s is a popular school with good academic standards, with an ethos of care and consideration for all, underpinned by Christian Values. OfSTED last inspected St John’s in July 2013 when they found a ‘good’ school in every respect. Our school is proud of the achievements of our children and the staff team and our current awards can be seen below. Approximately 50% of our children come from the village of Digswell with others from further a field across Welwyn Garden city. The school is concerned with the education of the ‘whole child’, in that religious, moral and social values play an important part in the life of the school.

As a Church of England school, we aim to give a broadly Christian education. The local clergy are actively involved, particularly with our Friday morning Act of Worship when parents are welcome to attend, birthdays are celebrated and awards presented. On two or three Fridays each term, a communion service is held in the hall and parents join us for this pleasant family worship. Class assemblies take place on three occasions each term.

We offer a Breakfast Club each morning and after school care too, both run by school staff. We also work with Digswell Pre School who provide Monday – Friday afternoon sessions each week in our nursery classroom.

The school tries to maintain a family atmosphere and parents are welcome visitors to the school. They help in a variety of ways, both in and outside the classroom. Other events involving parents, mainly social, are held throughout the year run by an active PTS ‘The Friends of St John’s School’

We hope you will want to know more about the school and much more information can be found within this website.

Our school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England in partnership with the Church and Diocesan community. Our School strives to provide the highest quality education for all our children and to serve the community within the context of Christian belief and practice. Our School encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all.

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