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St John's CE Primary Academy

Stanley Hall Road, Grove, Wantage OX12 0GR

01235 933303


The Vale Academy Trust has opened a new school in Grove - St John’s Church of England Primary Academy.  Located on the Wellington Gate development, it is the primary school site for what will be a purpose-built, ‘all through’ school for children aged 2 through to 16 (Nursery to Year 11).  St John's secondary school is expected to be operational sometime in 2025.

The nursery and the primary phase (Reception Year) opened to children in September 2023. We will be accepting applications for Reception children from 1st November 2023. You can submit an Expression of Interest Form to be on our waiting list for a September 2024 Nursery place, using the form below.  

Head of School: Kerry Cottrell

Executive Head: Rick Holroyd

Chair of Governors: Alan McPherson 


Please visit the school website for further information:


St John’s CE Academy

The school is being built primarily, but not exclusively, to meet the needs of families living in the new development of Wellington Gate. The existing local schools do not have the space to meet this additional need. We hope that this new school will become a key part of the local community, providing a focal point not only for families but also for events and facilities for the wider community beyond the school.

St John’s Primary School has brand new facilities for teaching and learning, built for purpose and fully fitted out to deliver a high quality education for our pupils. There will be specialist teachers and specific areas for specialist subjects in the secondary department.  We will have large open fields and play areas and a dedicated Forest School area in the primary school’s grounds. The primary's staffing structure has been mapped out by Kerry Cottrell, Primary Head of School, alongside an exciting curriculum.

The Vale Academy Trust, in partnership with OCC, chose to deliver this school as an ‘all through ‘ from Nursery to Year 11 because there is no other similar facility locally and we wanted to give parents a wider choice. The secondary and primary schools will work closely together so when pupils move from one to the other, they are well prepared. Children who join the school in Year 7 will also be fully supported to make a smooth transition from whichever primary school they attend.

The facilities will be available for use by parents and the local community when not in use by the school.

St John’s is a Church of England School and we work in close partnership with the local Diocese. However, the school will be open to families of all faiths, or none. Our core Christian Values provide a strong foundation for all our pupils to become independent learners and confident young people.

If you would like to see the catchment area for the school please click HERE. You can still apply for a place even if you do not live in the catchment area.

As an ‘all through‘ school at the centre of the new Wellington Gate community, St John’s will offer something a little different from any of our current schools. But we believe that using our experience of providing education based on our Trust's vision and values, St John's will become an outstanding member of our group of schools.

If you have any queries regarding admissions to St John's CE Primary School, please email: