Update - COVID 19 (Coronavirus):

The school is now closed to children for the summer. All children are returning to school on Thursday 3rd September 2020. The new Reception class will be starting with us slightly later into September - a letter will be emailed to you to explain this. Please take care and stay safe over the summer holidays. 


Black Lives Matter in Lewisham

A message from Pinaki Ghoshal, Lewisham’s Executive Director for Children and Young People and Angela Scattergood, Director of Education.

The Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan has published a statement on behalf of Lewisham Council in response to the killing of George Floyd in the United States. You can read the full statement here: https://lewisham.gov.uk/articles/news/black-lives-matter-in-lewisham

We believe that our schools and settings are key to tackling racism and other forms of discrimination. We will support all Lewisham schools and settings in their commitment to standing against racism and injustice, alongside and in solidarity with the local and global Black community.

St John Baptist CE Primary School has always been a warm and welcoming place for everyone; we believe it always will be.  Three of our core values are love, kindness and respect – they are in our DNA. At St John’s, we believe that all people are created in the image of God: Genesis 1:27: ‘So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them.’

We stand united in our commitment to tackle and challenge racism, address inequality and call out discrimination.



St John's School is closed until further notice, except for those mentioned below:

St John's is closed except for looking after the children of critical workers and vulnerable children.  Please DO NOT send your children into school if you possibly can arrange some other childcare; this will enable us to keep our children and staff safe. Children are only allowed to be in school if absolutely necessary during this time.

If you are in need of the school for your children, you will be asked for ID/a letter to show you are a critical worker. We will take a copy of this in the school office. This is for our internal records. We will keep this on record until we are able to shred it due to the fact that this type of school provision is not needed anymore and we return to normal. 


Latest Letter regarding critical workers

Please see latest Government FAQ document:



Here is the latest Government Guidance for our safety if you do not have to go into work and therefore, your children do not need to attend school:

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

 Weekly Prayers:

Here are our weekly prayers for all of our families during this uncertain and difficult time:

Easter letter from Bishop Christopher to the children


Loving God, who made all people in your image,
Help us to love everyone, whatever the colour of their skin,
As our brother and sister,
And together to put an end to the sin of racism.


Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd,
Who guides us through good times and bad.
Be with us now, so that we and all those we love may stay safe and well,
And that we will be able to be with all of our family and friends again soon.


Lord God, we thank you for making yourself known to your disciples by breaking bread with them.
Be with us in our shared meals with those who love and care for us,
And help us to find the face of Jesus in everyone around us.


Lord Jesus,
After your resurrection you appeared to your disciples at home.
May you be with us as we continue to learn and play in our own homes,
And may we know you more nearly and love you more dearly day by day.


Heavenly Father,
As we journey towards Easter, help us to walk with Jesus beside us,
Help us to walk with our neighbours who are ill or struggling,
And may we continue to be lights of hope and joy to those around us.


Loving God,
We thank you for our friends, and for all who look after us and teach us,
We thank you for the bright spring weather, and for the food we enjoy.
Help us to care for those around us, as they care for us,
And keep us safe and well.
In Jesus’ name,
 What to do if you have symptoms:

Stay at home for 14 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

We will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.


Please see the link here for new guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection

Please see the link here for new key Government measures


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