Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Class)


Your child is about to start one of the most important stages of their education which will lay the foundations for future learning and success and we are delighted that you have considered St Joseph's.


Here at St Joseph’s we aim to ignite a passion for learning within our children that will last a life time. We want children to be free to explore, question and develop in their own way.


We continuously strive to create new, exciting, motivating and enriching learning experiences for our children, and with your help and support we can give your child the very best start to their school careers. Learning in the Foundation Stage is centred around the idea of learning through play. This means that children are active learners who draw new knowledge and experiences from all aspects of their school day.


Children learn without even realising they are learning... The sand may be filled with magic butterfly writing sticks for children to practice their letter formation. The water may be full of numbered lily pads with children trying to find the right number of frogs. The role-play area is a whole new world of wonder for children to explore, talk about, read about and write about!


The Foundation Stage is topic based and at St Joseph’s the children are in charge of which topics they learn about which means that learning is personal and relevant to them. As long as the fun never ends neither does the learning!


Application forms are available directly from school or your childs nursery school.








Admission to other year groups

If you are moving into the area or considering moving your children from another school our maximum class size is 30.


Please contact the school office on 01254 706264 to check current availability.

The closing date for Primary School Admissions for September 2020 is 15th January 2020.  The online application service is available from 5th September 2019.

Open Day

Our Open Day will take place on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at 2pm until 7pm

Alternatively, please contact school and we will be more than happy to show you what we can offer your child


The Open Day is the perfect opportunity for you to meet our staff as well as our children who will be more than happy to answer any question you may have.


Visits to school are warmly welcome at any time during the year If you would like to look at the facilities we are able to offer please contact the school office

on : 01254 706264


School Appeals Timetable

You have a statutory right to submit an appeal for a place at your preferred school when your application for a place has been unsuccessful.   You will receive a letter on April 16th 2020 notifying you whether you have a place  at our school for your child in September 2020. 


An appeal form will be sent to you if you are refused a place at our school.    An appeal date will be arranged and you will be requested to attend an appeal hearing.  An appeals panel, will consider your reasons for the appeal and will decide whether your child can attend  our school.