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About Us

When you walk around our school it is likely that you will notice our butterfly motifs – they appear in our displays and various other places in school. The metaphor of children being like butterflies was inspired by this anonymous poem:

When you enter our school you will feel straight away that it is a welcoming place.  It is a happy place where everyone is recognised as unique and special.  All are cared for and nurtured.  Staff go the extra mile to support the children, their families and one another.

Tim Woodford, Headteacher 

What Makes Rownhams Special?

Watch our video ‘All About Us’ below to hear what our children think about our school and the values we hold.

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Our Team

We have a dedicated team of teachers, learning support assistants, pastoral staff, officer staff,  midday supervisors and site team. Collectively we work together to ensure our school is a happy, safe place where children are ready to learn and thrive. We all demonstrate our core values of love, joy and responsibility and if you visit you visit you will immediately get the sense that this school is great place to work and learn.

Helen Hannam (Acting Deputy Headteacher), Charlotte Hamilton (KS2 Team Leader), Abbey Ramsdale (Year R Phase Leader), Kirsten Knight (Year 1/2 Team Leader), Jo Marchant (SENDCO), Simon Warner, Mel Garrod, Sarah Phelps, Sharon Selman, Steve Brown, Fay Long, Hayley Adams, Karen Johnson and Leanne Tompkins . Lisa Phillips (Deputy Headteacher – Maternity Leave)

Kelly Noel, Sally Stride (ELSA), Claire Renyard, Sue Valois, Gursharan Shahi, Helen Poulter, Claire Stride (S&L), Kelly Herridge, Su Murkerjee, Marie Wilson (ELSA), Chris Mason, Courtney Turner, Fiona Alexander, Lisa Cobb and Jo Moroney (Child & Family Support Worker).

Fiona Hoggarth (Admin Officer), Lynne Tongs (Admin and Finance Assistant) and Sheryl Wilkins (Admin Assistant

Kelly Bampton, Lesley May-Hurst, Gloria Brady and Sharon Garrathy.

(We also have a number of our LSAs who are also midday supervisors)

Charlie Abbott (Site Manager), Gloria Brady (Cleaner), Lesley May-Hurst (Cleaner), Pat Richards (Cleaner) and Relita Phillips (Cleaner).

Our Governors

There are currently eight governors at Rownhams St John’s.  We range from those who are relatively new to governing to those with over ten years experience.  We all have different skills, experiences and interests that we bring to this role. However, we all share a commitment and interest in our children’s future and improving educational outcomes.

Our purpose is to:

  •  think strategically
  •  support and challenge the school to ensure that children are getting the best education possible;
  •  ensure that the school is using its resources well
  •  ensure a Christian ethos pervades the life of the school

To do this we have different committees who cover these roles.  These committees are Standards, Resources and Pay & Personnel .  As well as these committees, we all come together each half term as a Full Governing Body.

 Ros Murch, Chair of Governors


Our School Association was set up in 1967 with the main aims of:

  • Promoting co-operation between all associated with the school
  • Fundraising to provide extra equipment and resources of benefit to all our children.
  • Encouraging interest and support for the aims and ideals of our school and primary education.

During the year, there’s a wide variety of fundraising/social activities which are an excellent way of getting involved with the school and getting to know other parents and friends of the school.

The committee meets regularly to organise discos, fayres, car boot sales, race nights, raffles – anyone is welcome to come to these monthly meetings – the team are always in need of extra pairs of hands and fresh ideas!

Help of any description is always welcomed. You can find our more about what we do through our social media channels. Just follow the links below:

Key information

Every school has a duty publish key information about their school. This information is useful for prospective parents and existing parents of children in the school. Below you will find all of our information that will enable you to be better informed about what we do at Rownhams. 

Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision to make as a parent and we want to be able to help make this a straightforward process for you.  We recommend that you visit the schools in your locality to ask the questions important for you and of course see the school at work.

Applications should be made on-line in the Autumn term through the Hampshire School Admissions website with a closing date early in the following January.  If you are unable to complete a form online, Hampshire Local Education Authority forms may be collected from the school office if you live within our catchment area.  Our formal open mornings  take place in November but contact the school if you would like to arrange a visit outside of this time.

If you are moving into the area and would like your child to attend our school contact the school office in the first instance.  We can give you the latest status of the waiting lists, application procedure and make an appointment for you to visit.

For a child to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential. Parents and teachers share the responsibility for supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and punctuality for all.

It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance.

For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital that your child is at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable or exceptional.  For the impact of the policy to be maximised, a named person needs to be identified who will take overall responsibility for co-ordinating, implementing and monitoring the policy.

Named person: Mr Tim Woodford, Headteacher
Attendance Leader: Mrs Lisa Pothecary-Phillips

All behaviour is a form of communication


We believe all good behaviour management is underpinned by:

    • Relationships positive, meaningful relationships between adults and children;
    • Positive Recognition an overwhelmingly positive approach, where adults prioritise the recognition and celebration of good behaviour and achievement;
    • Calm adults maintaining a calm and considered approach at all times, using language that models and reinforces our School Values. For example, “At Rownhams, we show ‘love’ by…”;
    • Restorative developing empathy and understanding of actions and choices through restorative practice;
    • Adaptable and Personalised remembering that ‘managing behaviour is an art and not a science’ and therefore  reflecting on our plans and adapting our approach to enable all of our children to succeed.

Pupil Premium is an allocated amount of funding calculated for each school according to the number of children who are eligible and include the following:

  • Any child in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM)
  • Any child who has previously received FSM in the last 6 years
  • Any child who is in care or have been ‘looked after’ for more than 6 months
  • Any child whose parents are serving in the Armed Forces
You can download our latest Pupil Premium Strategy by following the link below:

At the end of every school year Year 2 and Year 6 children are required to sit statutory assessments. Year 1 children are tested on their phonics knowledge and we also assess our Year R children on how well they have achieved in their first year in our school. 

The information gathered is useful for schools to help them see how well children are doing and to help identify where we can improve. This information can also be useful for parents and external agencies but should not be used as a sole measure on how effective we are providing an education. For this we highly recommend arranging a tour and coming to see us in action.

You can follow the links and download an overview of our performance based on assessments below:

All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation, and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system.

Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.

The PE and Sport Premium can help primary schools to achieve this aim, providing primary schools with £320m of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets. It is allocated directly to schools so we have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for our pupils. You can read our latest strategy below:

Our first priority is the welfare of the children in our care and to enable us to achieve this effectively, we endeavour to establish good relationships between the school, the children and the parents.

Parents need to know how to express concern and the procedure they should follow.  In addition, any Governor or member of Staff might find themselves in the position of receiving a complaint concerning any aspect of policy, practice or management.  Concerns need to be dealt with swiftly and positively in the interests of good home-school liaison.  A clear procedure will ensure problems are dealt with effectively.

You can download our Complaints Policy below:


"Pupils exemplify the school motto of ‘loving life; loving learning’. Positive, happy relationships between pupils and staff, and between the pupils themselves, ensure classrooms are purposeful, productive places."
Feb 2018

Our last Ofsted inspection was in February 2018 and we were rated as ‘Good’ provider. You can read the report below:


At Rownhams St John’s, we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe that they are being listened to. Cruically, we maintain an attitude of it could happen here where safeguarding is concerned.

Our Safeguarding leaders are:

Tim Woodford (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Lisa Phillips, Helen Hannam and Charlotte Hamilton (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads)

Our Safeguarding Governor is Tracy Mannion

Lisa Phillips
Deputy Headteacher
Tim Woodford
Charlotte Hamilton
KS2 Team Leader

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is the same as for all of children – that they achieve well and go onto lead happy and fulfilled lives. As set out in the SEND Code of Practice, we too believe that ‘Special educational provision is underpinned by high quality teaching and is compromised by anything less.’ 

Some children will still experience a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age and will have barriers that prevent them from doing so. Therefore, we strive to create the provision so that we can overcome the barriers and help children to succeed.

If you would like more information then you the linked documents below may be of interest or you could arrange a meeting and I would be happy to discuss this with you. We have also provided links to Hampshire’s Local Offer and the impartial information and advisory service SENDIASS.

Jo Marchant, SENDCO

Child and Family Support

As parents and carers, every day a new challenge or question may arise and you may wonder what the answer or solution is. Parenting is not an easy job and sometimes things can get tough.

As the school’s Child and Family Support Worker I am here to help and point you in the right direction, to offer advocacy—speaking on your behalf and also to offer impartial support, advice and guidance.

I am able to offer emotional and practical support to children and their families; to listen, support and advise and to support a family making informed choices and accessing local services by referring and signposting to local services.

I am also the school’s coordinator for our Young Carers. If you believe your child is a young carer then please send me a message using the email address below.

Becci Broyd, Child & Family Support Worker