St John's C of E Primary School, Caterham

St Johns Caterham

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A Christian School

  "As a result of the trusting Christian ethos pupils grow into respectful, well behaved and compassionate young people who have an understanding and respect for diversity and difference together with a motivation to help others in their community and beyond."

      Ofsted, Nov 2013

As we are a Church of England School, our Christian faith lies at the heart of our ethos, creating and fostering a considerate community whilst providing a stimulating and creative learning environment where children come together to develop skills and values for life.

Our school has a strong Christian ethos which permeates throughout school life. Pupils are aware that: 'everyone is your neighbour and there is always someone to help you' and feel their voices are always heard. We strive for our pupils to develop morally, socially and personally as well as academically. Driven by our Christian ethos, St John’s are actively involved in a wide range of charities.

Our core values are respect, responsibility and reverence and they are supported by the additional values of honesty, thoughtfulness, peace and friendship.

Pupils focus on a value every half term, looking at what it means and how they can demonstrate these positive, Christian values. Pupils are rewarded for following these values and learn to recognise their importance in everyday life.

Collective Worship is an important part of life at St John’s. All staff and pupils attend the local parish church, our vicar makes regular visits to the school and there is a clear pattern of worship throughout the year. There is a common structure to the acts of worship which enhance our involvement with the parish and the focal point of candles and cloth add to the feeling of worship as a special time. The school attends the parish church for services at major festivals and writes articles for the parish magazine. We are committed to ensuring our pupils leave our school as respectful, considerate and aspirational young people who are inspired by Christian values.

St John the Evangelist Church, Caterham

We are linked to St John the Evangelist Church, Caterham. Father Jerry, our parish vicar, visits weekly to lead Collective Worship. More information can be found about St John's Church by clicking here.

Father Jerry also completes the blog . 'A VIEW FROM THE VALLEY,' which you may like to read by clicking here.

Diocese of Southwark

St John's Church of England Primary School is part of the Diocese of Southwark. Southwark Diocesan Education Services provide assistance and advice to the governors and staff on all areas of leadership and management.

Further details on the Diocese of Southwark can be found at the following link:


As a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School we receive regular SIAMS Inspections. These Statutory Inspections for Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) particularly focus on the quality of our provision relating to our Christian ethos. Our most recent inspection led by The National Society was in November 2013 when we were judged as ‘Good.’

The full report can be viewed here

Church of England

The Church of England vision for education can be downloaded here

A Statement of Entitlement from the Church of England can be downloaded here.


            "The caring ethos of the school makes a positive contribution to pupil personal development."