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ST ANNE'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, CAVERSHAM 

'THE SCHOOL THAT'S KNOWN BY LOVE'

Are you a prospective parent looking for a school place in September 2022? 

Please email me on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk and I would be delighted either to show you round to tell you all about our fantastic school!

We would love to see you and your children!


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Learning to live by faith and to be known by love

The children of St Anne's are known for their smiles, their generosity and their passion for learning!  We are a vibrant, happy forward-looking school in the heart of Caversham for children of any faith and no faith, where every pupil is scaffolded to aim for the stars.  Here, we believe that children learn best when they feel safe, are loved and are challenged.  As a result, teachers are committed to providing outstanding pastoral care alongisde the highest quality, engaging learning experiences.  

As recognised in our 2019 Ofsted report,

The school is a small but close-knit community. There is a strong sense of family values. Relationships between staff and pupils are warm and caring. The school is highly inclusive. Pupils with all different types of need are welcomed and feel part of the school community .... At the heart of this is a strong, shared commitment to every child’s success, underpinned by the school’s ethos...'

Our curriculum provision is outstanding and involves teaching by subject specialists from Year 3 meaning that children experience the best quality teaching across the entire curriculum.  

Currently, we have 185 children across 7 year groups.    We also have a 21 place Nursery.  Children come into our Reception class in the year that they are 5 and move up to secondary school at the end of Year 6, when they are 11.  Our school day starts at 8.40am and finishes at 3.25pm.  However, we do also have a super Before and After School Club, run by school staff which opens at 8.00 and ends at 18.00.

Please do contact the school office for a tour on 01189375537 or contact me direct via email on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk and I would love to show you round!

Mrs Sarah Bernto

Headteacher 

Contact details for enquiries

If you have any questions or queries about our school, please contact the Head - Mrs Bernto - via email on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or phone the school office on 01189375537.

For enquires regarding SEND, please email our SENCO - Mrs Gemma Burnitt on senco@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or phone the school office on 01189375537.

For safeguarding enquires, please contact Mrs Bernto via email on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or phone the school office on 01189375537 and ask to speak to the Headteacher.

20th May 2022

Please see this week's newsletter for lots of important dates, including:

As a school, we are celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on Friday 27th May. We will be doing a selection of activities throughout the day, but we would like to invite you and your families to join us on the school field at 2:45pm. Please bring a picnic blanket and some sweet treats to enjoy whilst watching our performances of songs from the past 7 decades. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Thanks,

Emily 

 

Dates (for Y6 parents in particular):

27th May Jubilee Celebration: parents are welcome to join us at 2.45 for singing and cakes

w/c 6th June swimming starts for Y4, 5 and 6  – Wednesday afternoons

w/c 6th June drama starts for Y6  - Thursday afternoons

7th June 7pm Confirmation Mass

17th June Douai Abbey Leavers’ Mass (parents are welcome to attend)

w/c 20th June Bikeability for Y6

28th June Sports Day

6-8 July Y6 Residential

15th July Whole School Beach Day

18th July Y6 water fight

19th July Y6 play and BBQ

20th July Leavers’ Mass/Prize giving

And please don’t forget, school photos are Tuesday next week (24th May).  Please make sure that your child is wearing uniform and not PE kit.  If they have PE on that day, children should wear uniform to school and bring kit in with them.

 

 

17th May 2022

Please note that the Parent Workshop on RSE scheduled for Monday 23 May has been postponed.  We will send out a new date in due course.  Sincerest apologies for the inconvenience.

 

13th May 2022

Please see attached this week's newsletter.

 

12th May 2022

We are advertising for a new Clerk to the Governors.  For the job description and person specification, please see our Vacancies page.

The Federation of St Anne’s & St Martin’s Catholic Primary Schools,

Caversham, Berkshire

Clerk to the Governors - advert

 

 

Employer: The Federation of St Anne’s and St Martin’s Catholic Primary Schools

Closing on: 6 June 2022, 12 noon

Working Pattern: Variable, 24 hours per month, term time only. Evenings & Daytime required

Start Date: ASAP

Salary: NJC RG3 SP 5 - 11 (£10.01 - £11.27 per hour) depending on experience

DBS Check: Enhanced

Location: Caversham, Reading

 

Our Schools

St Anne’s and St Martin’s are Catholic Primary schools located in Caversham, Reading. Both are single-form entry schools, judged Good at their last Ofsted inspection. Our Federated Schools offer a thriving, vibrant and caring community where the children are stretched intellectually, whilst feeling valued, happy and safe. Life at both St Anne’s and St Martin’s provides the platform, challenge and expertise for our children to grow spiritually, morally and socially. We pride ourselves on our strong Catholic values. 

 

The role

The governing body is seeking to appoint a Clerk who will provide advisory and administrative support to enable it to meet its duties in an efficient and effective way. Members of the Governing Body are volunteers who work closely with the senior leadership team in a strategic capacity to determine the future direction of the school.

Main responsibilities
Reporting to the Chair of Governors, this key role ensures the effectiveness of the Governing Body. As Clerk, you will primarily be responsible for:

  • advising the Governing Body on procedural matters
  • preparing agendas in consultation with the Headteachers and the Chair of Governors
  • taking and writing up the minutes at meetings
  • distributing documentation
  • providing general administrative support to the Governing Body

The successful candidate
We are looking for the following personal attributes in a clerk:

  • an interest in acquiring a sound understanding of governance legislation and procedures
  • excellent communication and organisational skills
  • be able to work independently whilst at the same time forming effective relationships with the Governors, Headteachers and Bursar
  • Experience of working within a school Governing body is desirable, but not essential

Time commitment
This post will work on a flexible basis so the successful candidate must be able to organise their own time and work to strict deadlines. There will be approximately 4 full governors’ meetings, ten daytime committee meetings over the academic year, plus time needed to prepare materials both in advance and after meetings.

For more information and an application pack please contact admin@stmartins.reading.sch.uk

Closing date 6th June 2022. Interview date tbc.

 

6th May 2022

Today has been utterly amazing!  The children - and adults - have had a fantastic Outdoor Learning and Wellbeing Day including eating popcorn cooked over a camp fire, planting seeds and bulbs, doing a scavenger hunt and much, much more.  Check out today's newsletter for photos.

 

3 May 2022

Some of you will recall that a few years ago, we consulted on a draft Relationships and Sex Education Policy and Curriculum (in line with government requirements). At this time, we described a curriculum delivered using the TenTen programme. Recently, we have decided that we would like to move away from this provision and to switch to the programme provided by 1Decision who provide our PSHE scheme. Since we are making a significant change to our provision and curriculum, we are going out to consultation once again.

- We are holding a parent information session at 9am on Monday 23rd May. During this session, I will share information about the proposed curriculum and will show some excerpts from videos on more sensitive topics including puberty.

- Following the meeting, we will send out an online survey about the proposed policy and curriculum to collect your thoughts.

- I am also attaching our draft policy to the front page of the website for your information and would ask that you email me on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk with any questions. 

 

29th Apriil 2022

Please do check the calendar at the bottom of this page for upcoming events.  I draw your attention in particular to the following:

29.4.22 Curriculum Letters and Knowledge Organisers out to parents

6.5.22 Whole school Outdoor Learning Day

w/c 9.5.22 KS2 SATs Week

w/c 16.5.22 KS1 SATs Week

w/c 23.5.22 Assessment Week

27.5.22 Queen’s Jubilee Day + END OF TERM

A reminder also that next Friday is the third of our Wellbeing Days this year and will focus on outdoor learning and fun.  We ask that children in all year groups wear home clothes: specifically, home clothes that can get muddy and wellies/trainers that can get dirty.  Please ensure that your child has enough layers on to keep warm and a waterproof jacket + a hat as we will be outside ALL DAY come rain or shine!  The activities will include planting bulbs/seeds, eating popcorn cooked over a camp-fire, grounding meditation, a variety of games, woodland crafts, a scavenger hunt, an outdoor liturgy and watercolour painting.

 

25th April, 2022

If you are an ECT or a qualified teacher and are looking for a new position in September, please do check out our Vacancies page.  We are currently recruiting for a lower KS2 teacher!

 

8th April, 2022

As we approach Holy Week, Y3 provided us with a beautiful and moving reminder of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us in order that we might live and love. 

I wish you all a joyous Easter when it comes; may the light of the Risen Christ fill your homes and hearts.

God bless,

Sarah.

 

NOTICES FOR THE WEEK

 
School News Feed
  • Newsletter
    20 May 2022
    Newsletter
    Dear parents and carers, Please see this week's newsletter for lots of crucial dates including photos next Tuesday and Jubilee Day next Friday! Have a great weekend, Sarah
  • Important
    18 May 2022
    Uniform: Trainers
    Dear parents and carers, In response to a request brought forward by the PSA at our meeting last week, we have amended the school uniform list to allow trainers of any colour for PE. This will remove the need for parents to purchase dark trainers just for school. We hope that this helps in some small way. Kind regards, Sarah
  • Newsletter
    13 May 2022
    Newsletter
    Please find attached this week's newsletter.
  • Newsletter
    6 May 2022
    Newsletter
    Check out the newsletter for fabulous photos of our absolutely amazing Outdoor Learning and Wellbeing Day!
  • Newsletter
    29 April 2022
    Newsletter
    Dear all, Please find attached the first newsletter of the term with key dates and details of upcoming events.
  • Newsletter
    8 April 2022
    Newsletter
    Dear parents and carers, Today, Y3 gave us a beautiful reminder of the sacrifice that Jesus made in order that we might be reconciled with God. Particular thanks to Aria who gave an exceptionally moving performance as Jesus! Please see the photos in this week's newsletter.
  • Important
    5 April 2022
    Updated Covid Guidance
    Dear parents and carers, I just wanted to highlight the latest Covid guidance. 'Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature. Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days. Many thanks, Sarah
  • Newsletter
    1 April 2022
    1.4.22 Newsletter
    Please find attached our newsletter with a report on the Parent Survey findings.
  • Newsletter
    25 March 2022
    Newsletter
    Please find attached this week's news and photos. Huge thanks to everyone who has completed the survey so far. If you have not done so, please please could you spare 5 minutes? The survey closes later today.
  • Newsletter
    18 March 2022
    Newsletter
    Please find attached this week's news.
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