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54 SCHOOL REPORT D


artmouth and its surrounding villages are lucky to have a number of thriving primary schools which all have something different to offer our local families. Over


the next few issues our new feature - School Report - will put the spotlight on each of the schools introducing their staff and their all important pupils.


St John the Baptist RC Primary School


TOP FIVE FACTS: Number of pupils: 76 pupils Members of staff: 10 Next school trip: Britannia Royal Naval College Most popular school dinner: Roast of the week Oftsed rating: Good


Address: Milton Lane, Dartmouth Tel. 01803 832495 www.st-johns-dartmouth.devon.sch.uk


MEET THE HEAD TEACHER:


Liz Hamilton has been at St Johns for 11 years. The latest Ofsted Report says she is “not satisfied with anything less than the best” for her pupils. She teaches all year groups and even takes her turn working as a lunch mealtime assistant because, as she puts it; “everyone has to muck-in when working in a such a small school”. The school had one of its biggest ever intakes this September, accepting 15 children into reception; last year they took just five. The school is Roman Catholic but they welcome non-Catholic children. Liz says the school has Christian values at its heart: “We want to create thoughtful young people who care about their community. At Christmas we take a group to sing carols in local residential homes. We have a Senior Citizens’ Party in the school hall once a year when the children’s grandparents (and their friends) come for tea and cake. We get pupils to serve the food.” The naval college priest regularly visits to lead assemblies and that link to the college has secured them the opportunity to spend a day there learning how young officers are trained. The school was recently awarded a Silver Science Quality Mark in recognition of the hands-on scientific approach offered in class - they celebrated by taking the whole school to the Bristol Science Centre.


“We want to create


thoughtful young people who care about their community.”


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