St John the Baptist CE Primary School & Nursery is a rural school with around 120 pupils on roll. The age range of the children is 2 years to 11 years. Our school was originally established in the village of Ruyton XI Towns in 1819 as a National School. The present building was opened in September 2001. The school building offers modern spacious accommodation designed to meet the needs of 21st Century education and is situated in the centre of the village.
Situated in the heart of the village and overlooking the fields and open countryside with a netball court and hard play area, fenced play area for early years, a large playing field, grassed areas where the school provides play equipment, a play-house and a wildlife area planned and maintained with the help of the pupils. Pupils are encouraged to take a pride and play an active role in the development and care of their school environment.
As a small rural school the friendly atmosphere along with mixed ability, mixed age classes enable our children to develop at their own optimum rate and level.
The development of social and physical skills are further enhanced as all children have the opportunity of taking an active part in the life of the school, sporting and extra curricular activities.
The school engages in a variety of activities within a cluster of local primary schools, enabling our children to mix more widely and benefit from a wider range of staff expertise and interests.
The school plays an integral part in the life of the village and environs and aims to foster close links with the local community. They in turn are very supportive and appreciative of the role of the school.
As a Church of England Controlled School we encourage links with the church and the children are invited to participate in a variety of services each year. Recognising its historic foundation, the school preserves and develops its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.
The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
The parents play an active and very supportive role in the school and we in turn aim to keep parents fully informed of all that goes on, how and what we teach, and anything that affects the welfare and educational progress of their children.