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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

Our governors range from those who are relatively new to governing to those with over ten years experience.  They all have different skills, experiences and interests that they bring to this role. However, they all share a commitment and interest in our children’s future and improving educational outcomes.


We have creative and active PTA who raise valuable funds for our school. Our most recent purchase was our new Galaxy play-frame. 


"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.

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.


Child and Family Support

We know how difficult it can be to be a parent or carer, which is why we offer child and family support when you need it.