The School and the Wider Community

Family Learning programmes are designed to enable adults and children to learn together or are programmes that enable parents or carers to learn how to support their children's learning.

Involving parents/carers in learning helps not only to improve children's learning but also adults own skills. The 'Family' includes immediate and extended family and can include; children, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles etc.

Family Learning projects aim to increase life skills and confidence by offering informal as well as formal learning within a supportive environment. These projects can also signpost to other learning opportunities.

The school provides the hub of the community and intends to extend its learning opportunities to the wider school community and not just those aged 5-11.

Family Learning projects can take place within schools and other community venues and can include; literacy and numeracy workshops & courses, family finance, parent & toddler groups and parenting courses to name a few.

Home and School Partnership: All staff at our school share a concern for the happiness and well-being of all the children.
Please remember that we may need to know about any home circumstances that affect your child's happiness. We therefore hope that parents/carers will keep us informed of any factors, which may affect a child's life at school. You may be assured that anything told to us in confidence will remain so. Where home and school work together, it is always best for the child.
Family Workers: There is also a Family Worker attached to the school who can be contacted by any parent or carer who feels they need additional support. Their role is mainly to help you get the very best from your school by providing support, advice and information. They will help you with any worries you may have in relation to your child's education, attendance or behaviour at school or at home.

You can contact our Family Worker by attending our regular drop-ins or by talking to the Head Teacher or the school office.
St John's School Governors
Ely St John's has a Governing Body drawn from parents, local authority, representatives of the staff and the local community. The Governors work closely with the headteacher and senior staff to ensure that pupils get a good balanced education. The Governors role involves ensuring that the school has clear aims and a vision supported by clear plans and goals. It is a 'critical friend' monitoring and evaluating how the school is progressing towards its aims. Further information about contacting the Governors, or becoming a Governor are available on the school website.
Friends of Ely St John's
Ely St John's is supported by the Friends of Ely St John's - a parents' group that raises funds to support activities and developments that benefit the children who attend St John's school. This includes an annual Christmas Fayre, school discos, car boot sales and a variety of other activities.

The Friends Committee can be contacted at
After School Clubs
We run a varied programme of up to 20 after school clubs a week including sports, art, French, Lego, music and dance to name a few. Each term sees the start of a new programme so that the children can try different clubs which are mostly chargeable although there is funding available on request. Some clubs are run by members of staff and others are run by companies who come into the school. All external tutors receive the appropriate checks and are basic first aid trained. The clubs start straight after school and normally last for one hour.
Kids Club 
Kids Club Ely provide Out of School childcare in the community room before school, after school and throughout the school holidays. For further information visit:
tel 07814 788001
St John's Preschool operates from the community room inside the school grounds. For further information on the preschool visit:

tel 07814 788001