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John Mayne is a welcoming and inclusive school where leaders have created a nurturing community. Pupils are known and treasured as individuals. Staff live out the vision and the values of compassion, hope, courage and respect, in all aspects of school life.

SIAMS Inspection Report 2023

SIAMS Church School Inspection Report - Section 48

Christian Values

Our school vision:

Aspiring to live life in all its fullness

(John 10:10)


We are an outward-looking school at the heart of the vilage community.  Guided by the example of Jesus, every child is individually known and nurtured.


Our aspirational curriculum offers a breadth of opportunities to widen experiences, create a love of learning and develop the courage to live life to the full, enabling all to step forward with confidence.



Compassion               Hope               Courage               Respect


Our vision and associated values are theologically centred on the Bible narrative ‘The Good Shepherd and his sheep’ John 10:1-18


The story of the Good Shepherd and his sheep represents our school.  In the story, Jesus assures his followers that they are his sheep, he will lay down his life for them, he will guide, protect and keep his sheep safe. He shows how he knows each and every one of his precious flock.

  • Jesus showed how he kept his flock safe from harm. We nurture all members of our school community to be the best version of themselves so that they thrive, flourish and blossom as a result of good mental health and wellbeing in a fellowship of love with God.
  • Jesus dedicated himself to his flock, without exception. Everyone is welcome in our John Mayne family, we are fully inclusive without compromise; we welcome all and strive continuously to meet individual needs, supported by excellent role models, who have high aspirations for all, driven by gospel values.
  • ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10:10. Jesus wanted his sheep to live life to the full. At our school, each child will travel on their own learning journey pathway to achieve their full God given potential academically, socially, personally and spiritually. We have high expectations for all children and promote good mental health and well-being and positive relationships for all.


John Mayne is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School in the Diocese of Canterbury.

Daily collective worship in the school is based on the Diocesan scheme of work. Diocesan staff support the school with training on Religious Education, collective worship, the development of Christian values and ethos and the requirements of Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools.  



A word from the Headteacher

Thank you for logging on to the John Mayne Church of England Primary School website. We hope that you will find it helpful and informative.

Our school is situated in a truly beautiful location between the fine timbered buildings of Biddenden High Street and rolling fields on the edge of the High Weald. The majority of our pupils live in and around the village with a few travelling from further afield. Most of our new admissions into the Reception Class each year have attended Biddenden Pre-school on the school site, with whom we have close links.

At John Mayne we are working hard to provide a broad, stimulating education that supports children in developing good basic skills, healthy lives and a wide range of interests. We take our care for the children very seriously and treat each one as a unique individual. The curriculum is regularly reviewed in order to engage, support, develop and challenge their ability. Over recent years we have seen good improvements in standards, attendance and pupil numbers.

From our well-subscribed breakfast club to the extensive range of after school clubs on offer, children have interesting curriculum and social opportunities throughout the day. Added to this, we also provide an After School Club, therefore we offer care from 7.30am until 5.15 pm Monday to Thursday and 7.55am - 4.15pm Friday. 


The physical needs of the children are well provided for with a choice of nutritious lunches cooked freshly on the premises. Nearly all of our children take part in sports clubs and inter-school competitions at some point in the year.

All of the children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument as part of the class curriculum and many also learn additional instruments taught by members of staff in extra-curricular clubs.


The school is very much at the heart of the community and we join in with many village events during the year. We are well supported by parents and other members of the local community.

We have close links with All Saints Church, sharing facilities and working together to care for and support local people.

If you are considering John Mayne Church of England Primary School for your child we warmly invite you to come and see the school at work. Just ring for an appointment!