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Learning to live by faith and to be known by love

We are a Voluntary Aided school in Caversham , Reading, serving the Catholic parish of Our Lady and St Anne, which is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  We welcome children of any faith and no faith.

Basing our work on the Gospel values of Love and Service, we recognise that every child is a gift from God and that the first and best teachers of any child are his or her own parents.  As a result, we welcome the opportunity to work closely in partnership with the amazing community that we serve.  We are extremely proud of our children and their achievements, our academic standards and the selfless commitment of our staff and of our Parent/Staff Association.

Currently, we have 197 children across 7 year groups.    We also have a 26 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 8.50am 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.

Do contact the school office and pop in for a visit!

Mrs Sarah Bernto




October 16th, 2020

We are now looking to our final week before half term.  Please see above this week's newsletter.

Keep safe and well!


October 9th, 2020

Please see above this week's newsletter.  There are lots of lovely photos and examples of children's work; do have a gander!


October 2nd, 2020

Please see above this week's newsletter.

Reminder - please make sure to return the letter re home access to broadband and a laptop or tablet by Tuesday next week.  There is a copy of the letter on this week's newsletter if you can't find the original sent home.

Thank you!


October 1st, 2020

Dear parents and carers,

As you are aware, Covid has had and continues to have, a significant impact on children’s learning.  At St Anne’s, we are really keen to ensure that our children do not suffer any disadvantage should there be a need for individuals, groups or classes to self-isolate.  In light of this, I wanted to inform you of the educational provision that is in place currently for individual children who are self-isolating and what will happen should groups/classes need to stay at home.


Current provision for individuals who are self-isolating

On the front page of our website (https://st-annes.reading.sch.uk), click on Self-isolating?  Here is your work!

You will see a drop-down list of all the classes in school.  If you click on your child’s class, you will be directed to the appropriate learning.  All children (from Nursery to Year 6) have been set Literacy, Maths, RE and wider curriculum work.  It is expected that children who are self-isolating (and are not ill) undertake work every day from the first day of their absence during school hours (9-3.25 with 15 mins short break and an hour for lunch).  Much work can be self-marked with an adult.  Please email in (to admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk) pieces on which you would like teacher feedback, marking it for the attention of the class teacher.  It is anticipated that the work displayed currently would take 2 weeks to complete (i.e. the duration of a self-isolation).  However, should your child complete all the tasks before returning to school, please let us know and we will set more!  Please also inform us if your child does not have access to a tablet or a laptop; in such cases, we will send work in hard copy.


Provision for groups/classes who are isolating

Should we need to send home groups of children/classes, we will revert to using Google Classroom as our educational platform.  In such a case, children (who are well) would be expected to be undertake school work (as posted on Google Classroom) between 9.00 and 15.25 with 15 mins for short break and an hour for lunch.  Work would be submitted via Google Classroom and feedback given by the teacher/support staff.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Sarah Bernto.


September 25th, 2020

Please find above this week's newsletter.

Next Thursday (1st October) is the day the amount of money we get as a school is worked out.  It is based on how many children book for school lunch on that day.  As you know, at St Anne’s, we don't have much money and this does limit what we can afford for our pupils.  You can help the school and your children by just booking them into lunch next Thursday.  If your child still wants to bring their packed lunch, they can have both!!!  We would be hugely grateful if you could do this; it will make a huge difference!  Please do also pass on the message; it would be totally awesome if every child could be booked on!


September 20th, 2020

Just a reminder of the uniform for St Anne's. Please note that boys may wear a white polo shirt as part of summer uniform at the moment but must wear the pale blue shirt in 2021.  Summer uniform may be worn up to October half term.  When we come back in November, all children must wear winter uniform.


Uniform List for St Anne’s Catholic Primary School





Navy Blue Pinafore Dress - (Navy Pleated Skirt in Year 6)

Grey long Trousers

White Blouse

Navy Cardigan

White / Navy Socks or Tights

School Tie

Black / Navy Shoes (No Platforms or Trainers)


Pale Blue Gingham (check) Dress

White / Navy Socks

Navy / Black Shoes (No Sandals or Trainers)



Grey Long Trousers

White Shirt

Navy Jumper

Grey Socks

School Tie

Black / Navy Shoes (No Trainers)


Grey Shorts

Pale Blue Polo Shirt

Grey socks

Black / Navy Shoes (No Sandals or Trainers)


PE Kit (Boys and Girls)

Navy Shorts

Plain White T-Shirt

Plain Black Trainers

Navy Tracksuit Bottoms and Navy Sweatshirt

PE Kit Packs available to order including T-shirt with emblem, navy shorts and PE bag


Boys/Girls Outer Wear

Navy or Black Outdoor Jacket or Coat


Items available to purchase from School Office

Elasticated Tie (Infants)                    

Non elasticated tie 39” (Juniors)       

Non elasticated tie 45” (Juniors)       

Gold Tie (Year 6)                               


September 18th, 2020

Please find above this week's newsletter.  


Please read the newsletter for information about how we are required to handle suspected Covid cases.

We are now offering 1 on 1 visits for prospective parents.  Please tell anyone you know who may be looking for a place in Nursery or in next September's Reception class.


September 11, 2020

Please find above this week's newsletter.


Please check our your child’s class pages on the website for a video/powerpoint Meet the Teacher session!

Curriculum Newsletters are also available on class pages.  Whilst KS2 wider curriculum knowledge organisers are to be found on subject pages.

A second bubble of 15 for has been set up for after school care on Wednesdays and Thursdays due to .  Please phone 01189375537 or email admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or kbradshaw@st-annes.reading.sch.uk at least 24 hours before the day required to reserve a place.  You will be contacted by school to confirm your booking. 


September 10, 2020

Message from Reading and Kendrick School

Dear Colleagues,

This is to advise you that the Academies Trust have agreed Reading School’s and Kendrick School’s variation to amending the date for the entrance tests for entry into Year 7 in September 2021 to week commencing 17th October 2020.  

As far as possible both schools have ‘bubbled’ primary schools together so that children from the same school will sit in the same room on the same day – the boys at Reading School and the girls at Kendrick School.  This is to avoid too much interruption to primary schools during the week.  The only exception to this will be for those applicants who have Special Educational Needs and need support from our Student Support Team.  These students will sit the test on Thursday 22nd October at Reading School and Saturday 17th October at Kendrick School.

The entrance tests will take place at each school as follows:

Reading School:         1.30pm each afternoon and finish at approximately 4.15pm. 
Kendrick School:         2.30pm each afternoon and finish at approximately 5pm (arrival from approximately 1.45pm)

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you but I am sure you will understand the pressures we are under to ensure we can comply with COVID-19 regulations.

We will be sending out information regarding the test to candidates no later than 18th September. This will include a registration form for parents to print off that we ask the primary schools to complete and sign to confirm identity, date of birth, PP or SP status and home address. Your support with this is very much appreciated.

If you have any queries please do let us know by emailing:

Reading School: admissions@reading-school.co.uk

Kendrick School: admin@kendrick.reading.sch.uk


September 4, 2020

Welcome back to everyone!  It has been lovely to see so many of you on the playground and to share again in the joy of our wonderful children.  Please see above this week's newsletter and dates for the diary.


Before and After School Club

As publicised earlier this week, in line with government guidance, we are limiting the number of places at Before and After School Care to a maximum of 15 per session.  Please email admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or kbradshaw@st-annes.reading.sch.uk to book a place.  You will need to await confirmation back before assuming that the place is secured.  

In the event of more than 15 children requiring places, we will look to open a second bubble.  Please note that this will require some organisation, however, and may therefore not be up and running immediately.

Payment must be made at the time of drop off for Breakfast Club or at collection time for After School Club.  Should fees remain outstanding beyond the end of a week, no further booking will be possible and future bookings will be removed from the system.


August 28, 2020

We are greatly looking forward to seeing all the children next Thursday.  A synopsis of our Covid-19 risk assessment is now available above in order that you can see what is in place in school.  Please do have a read!

Meanwhile, Public Health England has a vast array of resources.  Please see the leaflet attached above and visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance.


Message from Brigade Uniform

Dear Valued Customer

We are writing to you about the recent order you placed with us.

Our warehouse team have been working tirelessly to fulfil a huge increase in orders as quickly as possible, however, we are experiencing significant stock delays from many of our suppliers because of Covid related disruption and recent quarantine issues within the textile industry. Unfortunately due to this situation we may not now be able to deliver your uniform before the new term commences. Your school has been made aware of the situation and we have apologised that some pupils will not have their uniform for the start of term. 

Brigade has always had customer service at its core, so please accept our sincere apologies for the understandable disappointment and inconvenience this may cause and trust that we are doing our utmost to get your order to you as soon as possible.

Unfortunately the nature of the current situation does not enable us to give specific delivery dates and you will be advised when your order is ready, so please bear with us and avoid emailing where possible.

We appreciate your patience during these challenging times. 

The Brigade Team



Important message for children entering Year 6 and thinking of applying to Reading School:

Dear Colleagues,

As per the Admissions Code, I am writing to you to inform you that we have requested a variation to our admissions policy for September 2021 entry in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To summarise, we have requested that the entrance tests for Reading School are deferred from 12th September 2020 to w/b 17th October 2020.  This is so that we can put in place appropriate Covid Secure arrangements, allow children to return to schools and to give a fairer chance to disadvantaged students.

I hope this clarifies the position for you.

Kind regards

Miss Caroline Mole

Executive Assistant


Reading School

E: admissions@reading-school.co.uk

E: headspa@reading-school.co.uk

T: 01189 015600

To find out more about Reading School, please visit us on www.reading-school.co.uk


Calendar - All events have been cancelled due to Covid-19


Our School Leaders

Thank you to our One World Council this term for their work on our Anti-Bullying Leaflets, for collecting bottle tops ready for our library masterpiece and for help with the second hand sale.

Thank you to our Reading leaders for striving (against the odds) to keep the library tidy!

Thank you to our Sports leaders for accompanying classes to sporting events and for supporting them.

Thank you to our Music leaders for assisting Mrs Asbury with lunchtime clubs.

One World Council

Year 1 – Roli and Mathias

Year 2 – Safa and Erickah

Year 3 – Isla and Gwen

Year 4 – Iva and Maria

Year 5 – Isabella de Jode, Marilyn and Isabella Huber-Valencia

Year 6 – Savvy, Lola and Lizzie


Music Leaders

Julia, Lola and Lizzie


Reading Leaders

Sapphi and Lianna


Sports Leaders

Aleka, Isabella and Izaac

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