Church Street, Pemberton, Wigan, WN5 0DT

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St John's CofE

Primary School

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Monday 3rd August

Hello everyone,


We hope you all safe and well.

Further to our message on 13th July, the government’s plan remains that all children will be back into school in September.  We have therefore split the school into three groups so that children will be starting and finishing at slightly different times to avoid having large numbers on the playground at any one time.  We have put siblings into the same group. 


Group 1 - Start 8.40am and finish at 2.55pm.

Group 2 – Start 8.50am and finish at 3.05pm.

Group 3 – Start at 9.00am and finish at 3.15pm.


We will be sending your child’s allocated group in the coming weeks, in line with the latest guidelines at the time.


Breakfast Club

For those children needing to arrive earlier, Breakfast Club will be running in each individual classroom.  Those children who are using Breakfast Club need to book in beforehand and arrive between 8.00am and 8.20am via the main office.  Due to organisational issues we are unable to accept children for Breakfast Club after 8.20am meaning you will then need to wait until your group’s start time slot.


All other possible Covid 19 measures are in place to keep school as safe as possible when we all return.


Friday 17th July

Goodbye from all at St. John's.


Thursday 16th July

Hello everyone, we hope you are all safe and well.  We are proud to announce our awards for this year. Please also find below a letter to our children from the Assistant Director of Education, Cath Pealing.

Stars of 2019.20.

Letter to our children.

Here is a worship sent in by Father Philip.



Wednesday 15th July

Hello everyone, we hope you are all remaining safe and well.  Due to the many different systems that we have had to put in place in readiness for the new academic year, we have needed to have a small reshuffle of staff.  Please see below the staffing structure for September.



Mrs Cheshire

Miss Page

Mrs Ryan


Year 1

Mrs Morris

Mrs Cave

Miss Aspey


Year 2

Mrs Morley

Ms Critchley

Mrs Fleetham


Year 3

Miss Sharrock

Mrs Aspey


Year 4

Miss Allan

Mrs Latham


Year 5

Miss Hudson

Mrs Guy

Mrs O’Shea


Year 6

Mrs Thomas

Mrs Rourke


Mr Speakman, Mrs Ashley and Mrs Livesey will lead on the organisational aspects of the many systems that will need to take place throughout the day.

Monday 13th July

The government has said that each child must be back in school, full time, after the summer break.  In order to do this safely we have put in many measures that we will all need to follow carefully in September.  These measures are not only for the safety of our children but also the safety of our staff, parents and families.  We will keep these measures in place until the government instruct us to change.  Here are just a few.


  • Each class will stay together as one group throughout the day.  Children from different classes will not mix wherever possible.  This means that some of our usual activities and systems will not be allowed to take place.
  • Extra handwashing /sanitisation.
  • We will have staggered start and finish times meaning we need to ask you to arrive at school for drop off and collection at the given time (not too early or late).  This helps to avoid contact with other groups.
  • Children will have different break and lunch times.
  • Resources will not be shared between classes.
  • Teachers will not teach in more than one class wherever possible.
  • Classroom layouts will be slightly different so children aren’t facing each other.
  • Swimming, Robin Park, trips, etc. are halted for the time being.
  • We will need to follow the government guidelines carefully regarding any Covid 19 related illnesses.
  • Breakfast Club doors will close at 8.20am (anyone arriving after this time will need to wait for their allocated school time).
  • We won’t be sending reading books home (we have a solution to this). 
  • Children only need to bring their PE kit (in a small drawstring bag) and their packed lunch (if not having school dinners).


We have had many of these measures in place during lockdown so the staff are well practised at them.  It will be a little different in September but we feel we have worked very hard to make it as safe for our children as possible.  More specific details regarding your child’s start and finish time will follow very soon.  Look after yourselves and each other. 

From all at St. John’s.

Friday 10th July

Hello all,

Hopefully you and your loved ones are all well.  Over the next week we will be posting information regarding how we are to return to school in September.  First however it is only right that we recognise the children that will be leaving us to go to high school this year.  We have been together for many years, even though it only seems like yesterday that you were starting in Reception.  Each of you has the potential to do great things in the future, if you continue with your hard work and positive attitude, so go for it!  As we have said previously we will be setting up a get together in the near future to say our goodbyes properly.  I’m sure by then you will have all grown significantly taller and already be succeeding at high school.

Until we meet again your St. John’s family would like to wish each and every one of you all the very best for the future and remember we are only a phone call away if you need us.


Once St. John’s, always St. John’s!
































May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warmly upon your face,
The rains fall softly upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.


Monday 22nd June

Hello everyone, we hope that you and your families are all well.

 We have set up a special email account for you to send in any photos or work to show us what you have been up to during lockdown.  We will then post these on our website, APP and our social media platforms so that everyone else can see it too.  If you do wish to send something in please ask your grown up to ring school first so that we know they are ok with it being published.  Please send them to:

Hope to see you all soon.

...Love - Perseverance - Friendship - Trust - Forgiveness...


We are happy to welcome you to St. John’s Church of England Primary School. We take great pride in our school and are very pleased that you are interested in finding out more about us.

Here at St. John’s we aim to create a warm, friendly, Christian environment in which everyone can enjoy learning. From the moment each child starts their journey with us we aim to inspire and encourage them in all aspects of their life, so that they can fulfil their potential. We achieve high standards through strong partnerships with all members of our school community, particularly our parents.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. M. Speakman


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