Introduction to School Life
St. Joseph’s is an outer London Catholic school for girls and boys from age 3 to 11.
It is highly oversubscribed. The school has earned a well-deserved reputation for high teacher expectation and academic excellence.
Our children are placed into year groups according to their age. Our classes are currently organised into Nursery, Reception and six year groups, from Year 1 to Year 6. There are 2 classes in each year group. We have a good pupil:teacher ratio of 22:1 and we also have our own specialist Modern Foreign language teacher, full time Music teacher, and full time P.E. coach. We also have a high level of teaching assistant support as well, which all children benefit from, as our attainment and progress demonstrate.
School Day and Office Hours
7.50am Breakfast Club opens
8.30am Main doors open for children to enter
10.40 – 11.00am Breaktime (Key Stage 1)
11.00 – 11.20 am Breaktime (Key Stage 2)
12.00 – 1.00pm Lunchtime (Key Stage 1)
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunchtime (Key Stage 2)
2.20 – 2.30pm Breaktime (Key Stage 1)
3.05pm Main doors open for parents to collect
3.15pm End of the school day
(The school office is open between 8.40am and 4pm).
It is very important for your child to be at school on time every day. If your child is late, they miss the welcome and outline of the day’s learning objectives and they interrupt the session in progress. It is also unsettling for the child who is late.
The beginning of the day is a busy time for everyone, since it is important for the school day to start on time so that the children get their maximum entitlement of curriculum time. If you need to speak to the class teacher please either pass a written note via your child or leave a message with the school secretary who will pass your message on as soon as possible. School ends at 3.15pm for all children. Please be on time to collect your child at the end of the school day. If you are delayed, please telephone and advise us of this – we operate an after-school club (AJ’s) so you may book your child into this.
There is a 20 minute break in the morning and pupils are encouraged to eat fruit/vegetable sticks for their morning snack, which may be brought from home. Year 6 also run the Healthy Tuck Shop in the Key Stage Two playground where children may purchase fruit crisps, fruit juice etc. at reasonable prices.
School dinner money should be paid on a weekly, half termly or termly basis. Forms for free school meals in Key Stage 2 may be obtained from the school office and we encourage all parents who are entitled to free school meals to make use of this for their children. Families in receipt of income support or some types of family credit may be entitled to apply for free school meals. Information is available from the school office. Please note that everything is treated in strictest confidence.
Children may bring a healthy packed lunch, or buy a school lunch. Fizzy drinks, any type of nut product and sweets are not allowed in school.Lunch times are fully supervised. If you wish to change your child’s meal arrangements at any time please inform the office in writing – notice must be given, for kitchen arrangements.
Parents are advised that valuable items such as mobile phones, electronic games, ipods, jewellery etc. should not be brought into school. If your child comes to school by themselves and you have given them permission to bring a mobile phone it should be handed in to their teacher and collected at the end of the day. Children should not bring toys, games etc. into school unless they have been given authorisation by their teacher. The governing body accepts no responsibility for the loss or damage of such items.