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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
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
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