School & Emblem History

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School and Emblem History

The John Wesley Church of England Methodist Primary School opened in September 2007. It is an eco–friendly school built to be as self-sufficient as possible. The building has many large windows to allow a lot of natural light and the majority of the lighting works on a sensor basis, only coming on when needed. In addition, many of the lights are solar powered. The school also boasts a photovoltaic cell system to generate electricity and a rain water conservation system, which means the toilets, flush with rain water collected from the roof. An automatic chart displayed in the entrance to the school allows children to see how much water has been used.

At present, The John Wesley School has 329 children on roll, aged 4-11. The number on roll in September when the school first opened was much lower but grew on a daily basis and will continued to do so. In September 2009 the juniors opened as single form entry, and by 2010 the whole school was opened as two form entry throughout. So, much growth and building work is expected in the coming years. The new build extension is almost at completion which will mean by September 2014 the school will be 2FE to Y3 expanding by one year group a year until 2017 when it will be 2FE throughout.

There are currently no children with a statement of need regarding transport.

The John Wesley School is situated on the outskirts of Ashford. The grounds give the school a deceptively rural feel. However, it is really in a suburban area surrounded by several different housing estates.

It has a wide and mixed catchment area. The majority of children come from the south of Ashford, however, some of those with church affiliation travel from further afield. The catchment areas are very contrasting, some of high unemployment and social deprivation; many of the pupils live in local authority owned homes. Whilst others consist of long established private housing intermixed with newly built private housing estates.

Geographically, The John Wesley School is situated on Wesley School Road, a street which leads into a newly built and recently finished residential area. This road has traffic calming areas directly outside our premises and is not far from Knoll Lane which is a fairly busy route. However, the school has its own drop off zone, parent and staff car park. All of these areas are at capacity with very little extension planned alongside the new build. There are also 2 substantial, covered cycle sheds and scooter pods on the school grounds.

The John Wesley School is part of the Healthy Schools Initiative and Eco Schools Initiative and is working hard to maintain the status of both for the future.

The school’s name reflects its unique status as a joint Church of England and Methodist venture. It is named after John Wesley who was an 18th century Anglican Minister and theologian who founded the Methodist movement.

He was famous for his preaching out of doors in market squares and on village greens. John Wesley, in his 88th year, preached his last outdoors sermon at Winchelsea, near Rye, in Sussex. An ash tree, with a commemorative sign, marks the spot within sight of the parish church there.

The School Emblem

The school emblem is both of a cross and a tree. The cross represents the Christian context of the school. The symbol of the tree represents growth. The growth of the school itself, its development within the community it serves and the growth of all the people within it and associated with the school.

The school’s name reflects its unique status as a joint Church of England and Methodist venture. It is named after John Wesley who was an 18th century Anglican Minister and theologian who founded the Methodist movement.

He was famous for his preaching out of doors in market squares and on village greens. John Wesley, in his 88th year, preached his last outdoors sermon at Winchelsea, near Rye, in Sussex. An ash tree, with a commemorative sign, marks the spot within sight of the parish church there.

Our school logo reflects John Wesley’s last sermon by having a tree in the shape of a cross supporting a green canopy.