We are delighted to announce that applications for entry into our Reception Class 2021 are now open. Reception is a key point of entry to St Joseph’s School, taking place when children are over 4 years old and ensuring the very best start for your child as they take their first steps in formal schooling.
If your son/daughter is of school age in September 2021, you are welcome to arrange a visit to St Joseph’s to meet our Reception Class teacher, tour the school and discuss enrolling your child with us please do get in touch. We will be more than happy to arrange an appointment for you (all socially distanced of course).
Our Reception classroom is bright and spacious, equipped with everything your child needs to make each day exciting. A separate outdoor garden, and ‘messy room’ that is equipped specifically for our Pre-Prep children allows time and space for exploring and building new friendships.
Class sizes are small, with dedicated, enthusiastic, well qualified class teachers. Lessons in Library, French, Music, and PE are taught by specialist teachers, and the children are able to take advantage of the wonderful music and sports facilities here at St Joseph’s.
The Reception Class children have access to the main school facilities, which include the ICT suites, the superbly resourced library, our all-weather pitch and the outdoor classroom & school orchard – which they will all use weekly come rain or shine!
We strive to make every child a confident and passionate reader, as we know this unlocks their potential in all subject areas. Children read to class teachers and are taught phonics every day. Maths is also taught daily by Mrs Hampton, our talented Reception Class Teacher. Her classes are notable for high expectations; nurturing the needs of each individual and her outstanding understanding of what inspires and ignites a love of learning in every Reception child.
Weekly activities such as Outdoor School, cooking and swimming enhance the learning experience in our Reception Class, while opportunities to work with Year 1 during topic time helps build friendships across Key Stage One and builds for the children a sense of the St Joseph’s community.
Wrap around care is available for those who need an early start or a later collection, available from 8am to 5.00pm at St Joseph’s with the Early Birds Club, Prep and a wide range of after school clubs, all of which are included in the termly school fees.
In order to ease settling in, and to make the transition to St Joseph’s as smooth as possible, we will be looking to run our transition sessions in the Summer Term 2021 (following any COVID-19 government guidelines). The transition sessions are designed so that your child can get to know and be familiar with the routines of Reception Class and the various types of activities they will be involved in before they start school. It will also provide us with the opportunity to get to know your child, to meet with you before the start of the new academic year and to answer any questions you may have.
If you would like to arrange a visit or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Registrar, Rebecca Walker on either 01566772580 or email@example.com