Church Street, Pemberton, Wigan, WN5 0DT

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St John's CofE

Primary School

Thursday 11th June

Please take a look at today's update.

Thursday 11th June


School Photographs.

If you sent payment for your child’s photograph prior to lockdown, there will be an opportunity for you to collect your order directly from Sonshine Studios.  Further information will be provided regarding the date and time.

If you still wish to order your child's school photograph, please return the proof and payment directly to Sonshine Studios by Friday 19th June.  Please also enclose the address you would like the photograph to be delivered to.  

The address is: Sonshine Studios/Wigan Tutors, 617, Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, Wigan WN5 8AG.

Contact number (emergencies only): 07973 314389.

Thank you.

Wednesday 3rd June

Hello all,

We hope everyone is keeping safe and well and managing to complete your home learning activities.

Following discussions with the Director of Public Health in Wigan, the Local Authority have advised moving the date, for allowing more children into school, until at least 15th June. We will be contacting those affected year groups in the coming days to see if you wish to send your child back before the summer holidays. The decision is entirely up to you and there will be no penalties for not attending before the summer holidays. We have put many systems in place to make it as safe as possible for everyone.

Using the current government guidance, as I’m sure you’ve heard, we have been told to offer the places to Pre-School, Reception, Year 1 and then Year 6 in that order. Sticking to the social distancing rules our risk assessment shows that we can obviously only have a small number of children in each classroom. We have already spoken to almost all of Reception and Pre-School and will be moving on to Year One next. This therefore means that we are very unlikely to be able to offer places to Year 6 at the moment. This is obviously very sad for us as we have spent a long time together over the years. If this remains the case until we break up we will look to invite Year 6 back for your leavers’ celebrations and give us all a chance to say our goodbyes. We will do this as soon as we are allowed in the new academic year.

Please do contact us if you need us for anything in the meantime.

Stay safe and we’ll hopefully see you all very soon.


Friday 29th May

Further Update

Further to our earlier post (see below) the key worker/vulnerable group will carry on as normal and remain a group of their own regardless of what year group they are in.  They will be in as normal next week.

Thank you from Mr. Speakman and all the staff at St. John's.

Hello all,

As you know we have been open throughout this pandemic for certain groups of children, as categorised by the government. Following yesterday’s announcement by the prime minister we are now asked to open to more groups. We will be doing this from Monday 8th June.
Following the many, ever-changing guidance documents sent by the government, we have risk assessed that we are only able to accommodate eight children per classroom, whilst having any chance of keeping to the social distancing rules.  That being said it is not realistic to expect young children to remain apart from their friends and therefore can’t make any guarantees that our youngsters will remain socially distant every minute of the day.
We have put many different strategies in place to keep our children, parents and staff as safe as is possible. Each group of eight will not be allowed to mix with any other group of eight at any point, meaning different start and finish times, break times, etc.
We will be contacting those affected year groups (starting with Reception) next week to check if you wish to have a place before summer. The government has said there will be no penalties for non attendance at this time.  With limited spaces available we may not be able to offer all the announced year groups a place under the current guidance but will keep you all updated.
I’m sure we will be able to get our family back together again hopefully soon but until that time please remember you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

                       Do take care and see you soon,

                       Mr. Speakman and all the staff at St. John’s.


Wednesday 20th May

Hello all,

Apparently today is ‘thank a teacher day‘ so a huge THANK YOU to not just the teachers but the whole of our staff for keeping everything running in these very strange times. Thank you also for the kind words and cards that you have sent in throughout recent weeks, all have been very gratefully received.  We do love reading your cards and messages but particularly like it when we hear your voices on the telephone when we call your homes.  Keep working hard on your home learning and we’ll see you all soon.

Take care from all at St. John’s.

Tuesday 19th May

Hello again all,

Just an update following on from last night’s message.  The date to begin our phased return of additional children is now 8th June at the earliest.  We will keep you updated as soon as we hear anything. 

Take care of yourselves from all at St. John’s.

Monday 18th May

Thursday 14th May

Mr. Gray has kindly sent a talk for us to share with you all.



Monday 11th May

You may have heard from last night's announcement that schools will remain as they are, with a very limited number of children, for the time being.  As soon as we hear anything different we will let you know.  You all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers even though we are unable to be with you all in school.  

Please stay safe and we will hopefully see you all soon.

From all of us at St. John's.

Friday 8th May

As the country celebrates VE Day today it is right that we also remember those brave men and women who did so much for us all.  

Find information about the importance of  VE Day by using the link below.

VE Day: What is it? When is it? Why do we remember?


Friday 1st May

We hope that everyone is keeping well and staying safe in these difficult times.  Staff have been updating the work regularly and we are pleased that so many of you are doing so well with these activities.  We really enjoy seeing your work.

We are not sure yet as to when or how the school will be allowed to have a few more of you in but we are really looking forward to that time.  It seems a very strange place at the moment with so few children in but it is the safe thing to do.

By now hopefully you should have had a telephone call from us and we will try to keep these going for as long as we are unable to see you in person.  In between these calls please do contact us if you need us and we will try, as always, to do our best.

We have also just posted the second batch of free school meals vouchers to you so if you’ve not received them by Friday 8th May and you think you are entitled then please do contact school.

Please do keep up to date with the government advice to keep yourselves and family safe and remember that every day that goes by is a day nearer to our St. John’s family being back together again.

Take care from all at St. John’s.

Thursday 30th April.

Hello, we hope you are all safe and well.  

Please follow the link below to watch Worship lead by Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury). 


Here is the latest Newsletter for Parents and Carers  from Wigan Safeguarding Board.  

Tuesday 21st  April.

Online Safety

Please follow the link below to help you support your child's online safety when they may be spending more time online.

Online Safety Activities


Monday 20th April.

Home Learning Update.

Hello, we hope you are all safe and well. 

 Teachers are currently adding work for children to complete on Purple Mash and Doodle Maths.  Please remember that your child can also access TT Rock Stars. 

 In addition, we would like to point you in the direction of a couple of extra resources that you can access. These are for you to work through as you wish with your child.  However, teachers will not have visibility or be able to support your use of these online video clips, activities and worksheets.  Please see the links below.

At St. John’s we follow White Rose Maths plans, which have now been made available for Home Learning.

 You can also access Home Learning Resources from the BBC via BBC iPlayer.

 Look after yourselves from all of us at St. John’s.

Friday 17th  April.

Following last night’s government announcement that the lockdown is to continue, school will remain closed for most children.  Staff will continue to put activities on for your child to work through each week of the closure.  We do miss you all and hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.  Please follow the government rules so that, when the time is right, our St. John’s family can be back together again. 

Take care and hopefully see you all very soon.  From all at St. John’s.

Monday 13th April.

On a lighter note, click on the link below to find out about our amazing authors and the work they did with a local author during the week of World Book Day.

Our amazing authors!


Friday 27th March

  Please take the time to go through the Self Care Kit from the NHS  in the document below.  We hope you find parts of it useful to share with your family.  

Take care and please continue to follow government guidelines.

Monday 23rd March

The last few weeks have been extremely challenging for us all at school as it has for everyone. Thankfully the fantastic team here at St. John’s have worked tirelessly to keep things as normal as possible for our children, whilst also trying to prepare them for the changes in lifestyle that we are all now facing.   

May I take this opportunity to thank you for the kind words of support for our efforts in these unprecedented times. 

As the changes kick in we are continuing to play our part at school in helping to keep our fellow key workers where they need to be; at work helping others. 

Although we won’t see the majority of you for a while you are still in our thoughts and prayers. If you need us (even if it’s just someone to talk to) then please telephone school and we will do what we always do, try our very best.  

Our St. John’s family is a strong one and by us all doing our part we will get through this difficult time and come out even stronger for it.

Take care everyone, keep following government guidelines and we hope to see you all soon.

Please read and share this letter from Church Wigan for those in need of support during this time. 

Friday 20th March

During the school closure please follow government guidelines around not allowing children to mix with others socially wherever possible.  Also keep checking Doodle Maths (Y1 - Y6), Purple Mash (all children) and TT Rockstars (Y2 - Y6) for further work.

 Thursday 19th March

During the difficult times ahead we will continue to do all we can to support our children and families.  You may have heard the phrases 'key worker' and 'vulnerable child' in the prime minister's speech.  If you or your child falls into one of these categories and feel that you may need extra support during the closure then please let us know today.

Your child will bring their home learning pack home today.  We have reminded children of their passwords and how to access their learning.  Please try these tonight and let us know tomorrow if there are any problems.   Additional learning will continue to be sent home online. Any child that is currently absent from school will receive the pack in the post early next week.

Wednesday  18th March

Following the prime minister's announcement today, all schools will close on Friday until further notice.  We will send details tomorrow about the specifics of this enforced closure, including the work that has been prepared for your child to complete whilst away from school.  Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.

Monday 16th March

Following the announcement by the prime minister, people are asked to avoid social contact with others.  Also anyone who has a cough or high temperature (and the rest of the household) should stay home for 14 days. Thank you for your support at this time.