early years 3-5 years

St Joseph’s School has an impressive reputation both within the South West and beyond for providing its pupils with an outstanding education, enabling them to achieve their potential and providing them with a firm foundation for life.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage our very experienced, caring teachers provide the readiness for learning that gives our pupils the head start they need for success. The bright, stimulating environment offers a wealth of opportunities for all styles of learning and interest.

All lessons are carefully planned to meet the individual needs of our pupils whilst ensuring that a high element of fun and enjoyment are at the heart of all our learning.

Music. Library and French are taught by specialist teachers.  Our librarians lead interactive storytelling time and we enjoy a weekly visit to our Orchard for outdoor learning.

The Early Years children take an active part in whole-school life, including musical productions, special assemblies, open afternoons and seasonal celebrations.

During the school day pupils also have the option to access ballet classes, tennis coaching and private music lessons.

We warmly invite you to visit St Joseph’s School to see for yourself the outstanding opportunities and head start to learning our Early Years classes can offer your child.

Mr Charlie Gonella
Head of Junior School



Nursery Class

The Nursery is taught by Mrs Hampton and Miss Sefton.

The Reception Class is taught by Mrs Kemp, Mrs Hawke and Miss Banbury.

Nursery Session Times

Your child may attend the Nursery class in the half term in which they are three years old. They can attend full or part-time as you wish.

Session Times: 8.30am – 12noon or 8.30am -1pm (including lunch) or 8.30 - 3.30pm

We expect children to attend our nursery class for a minimum of two separate mornings a week. These sessions can be increased at any time. 

Reception Class

The Reception Class is taught by Mrs Kemp, Mrs Hawke and Miss Banbury.

Children may enter the Reception class in the September after their fourth birthday. They may attend on a full or part-time basis as you wish. Session times are as for the Nursery class above. You can increase the number of sessions your child attends at any time. The Reception Teacher will be happy to discuss this with you.

Please note
that children are required to attend school full-time in the term after their fifth birthday.


Little Prep

There is a facility for children in the Early Years to stay on at school after 3.30pm if required from
Monday to Thursday. This is a play based session available until 5pm. It is supervised by our existing team, who know the children well.


Taster Sessions

In the term before your child is due to start in the Early Years we would like them to attend a Taster Session, this will help the staff to get to know your child before they are due to start. They can attend up to three taster sessions. 

Further Information 


If you would like to find out further information about places available in the Nursery or Reception Class please contact our Registrar, Annette Goswell on 01566 772580 or registrar@stjosephscornwall.co.uk 



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