Welcome to St Joseph’s Preparatory School Website
The School accepts children into the Early Years Foundation Class in the term in which they are three. (Government Voucher Funding applies for three and four year olds).
The School is made up of:
Early Years Foundation (Nursery) Class and Early Years Reception Class
KEY STAGE ONE
Year 1 and Year 2
KEY STAGE TWO
Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6
The academic year is divided into three terms with a mid-term holiday and the children’s reports are given twice yearly, one half year report just before the Spring mid-term holiday and the second towards the end of the Summer term. An opportunity to discuss your child’s progress is given on Parents Evenings. There is an additional Parents’ Evening held before the October half-term break.
To encourage consideration, helpfulness, and maximum academic effort, the school is divided into four ‘Houses’ (St Andrew, St David, St George and St Patrick) who compete for the reward of house points.
Formal instruction is combined with modern teaching methods so that pupils are encouraged to listen, study and discover for themselves through formal and practical work in the classroom, outside in their local environment and on educational visits, usually within the County and in London. Each year, the school hosts a number of educational visits from individuals and members of the public services in the local community.
The religious ethos of the school permeates the curriculum and is not confined to the religious education timetable. All children follow the ‘Here I Am’ scheme recommended by the Southwark Diocese. In Year 3 Catholic children will attend the school’s Sacramental Preparation Programme for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Both Sacraments are received in the Summer Term of Year 3.
The curriculum comprises the usual core subjects taught in primary schools, with a strong emphasis on the basic skills. Pupils are assessed in The Early Years Foundation (Nursery) and in the Early Years Reception. The Early Years Transfer Form is then passed to Year 1.
- The Year 2 pupils take the Key Stage 1 Standard Assessment Tests (SATs).
- The Year 6 pupils take the Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests (SATs).
French, Music, Physical Education and Speech & Drama are part of the school curriculum. There is a fully equipped gymnasium, a stage, large playing fields, a well-equipped play area and a heated, covered swimming-pool.