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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 alongside 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 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



Contact details for enquiries

If you have any questions or queries about our school, please contact the school office -  via email on admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk  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 our DSL Sarah Bernto.  She is contactable on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or by phone on 01189375537.  We also have 3 Deputy DSLs: Gemma Burnitt (senco@st-annes.reading.sch.uk), Patricia Lee (plee@st-annes.reading.sch.uk) and Charlotte Talbot (ctalbot@st-annes.reading.sch.uk) and our Safeguarding governors are Anne Pegram (APegram@stmartins.reading.sch.uk) and Rebecca Mee (RMee@stmartins.reading.sch.uk).  Please see our Safeguarding Policy (on the policies page of the website) for information about Safeguarding and relating school practice.


Are you a prospective parent looking for a school place in September 2024? 

We have Open Morning and Afternoons throughout the months of September-January.  Please see below:

I would be delighted to show you round and tell you all about our fantastic school!  Please do email me on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or contact the school office  on 01189 375537 to book a tour. 

Are you a prospective parent looking for a school place today? 

If you are looking for an in-year transfer for your child or a nursery place, please contact the school as above for a tour at any time.

We would love to see you and your children!


Learning to live by faith and to be known by love


9th November, 2023


We are sending out today our second Catholic Life and Mission Newsletter focussed on telling our wider school community how we are trying to follow in Jesus’s footsteps.  

As mentioned previously, on Tuesdays, the children gather in Key Stage groups to learn about an aspect of Catholic Social Teaching; last term, we focussed on Participation through Family and Community and on the Dignity of the Human Person.  This term, we are focussing on Solidarity and the Common Good.  

On Wednesday mornings, children participate in a class liturgy based on the Jesuit virtues, with those in KS2 planning and leading the liturgy themselves. Last term, the virtues that the children were learning about and trying to grow within themselves were being grateful and being generous.  Our actions included a collection for Readifood, reflecting on the generosity of God in Creation and writing prayers for the farmers and workers who grow and produce our food.  This term, the children will be thinking about being Attentive and Discerning.  



19 OCTOBER 2023

This week, the children have also shown solidarity with the people of Israel and Palestine.  The Catholic bishops of the Holy Land called for Tuesday October 17 to be set aside for fasting, abstinence, and prayer for peace in the region.  Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, said: “On behalf of all the Ordinaries of the Holy Land, I invite all parishes and religious communities to a day of fasting and prayer for peace and reconciliation.  Let us organise prayer times with Eucharistic adoration and with the recitation of the rosary to our Blessed Virgin Mary.”  As a result, all children from Reception to Year 6 said the rosary on Tuesday and wrote prayers for the people of these lands.  

This Friday is Disconnect to Reconnect Day living out the Catholic Social Teaching of Stewardship.  On this day, teachers across the school will try to deliver as much learning as possible without the aid of computers or interactive whiteboards.  Staff will try to provide as many practical activities as possible and will spend time outside appreciating God’s beautiful creation.  In his papal encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis asked that we all work to protect the earth, our common home.  He writes ‘The earth is God’s gift to us full of beauty and wonder.  And it belongs to everyone… The whole human family needs to work together to care for our planet earth so that we sow beauty and not pollution and destruction.’  

We would like to ask all of our families to join with us in marking this day for the earth by unplugging at home throughout the day.  This could be by switching off lights, eating a meal that does not need cooking or playing a board game/reading a book rather than watching TV or your phone in the evening.  It would be lovely if families could send in photos of what they get up to at home!  Please email your pictures to head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk  The benefits of unplugging are numerous. Research has shown that too much time spent on electronic devices can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and depression. By taking a break from technology, we can give our minds and bodies much-needed rest and improve our overall well-being.


We were extremely touched by your generosity and wish to extend our deepest thanks for all the items that we sent in.  Readifood has now collected our contributions and they will be going out to families in and around Reading throughout the half term.

5 OCTOBER 2023

Thank you so very much for all your kind donations to our Harvest collection in aid of Readifood; the boxes are starting to fill up nicely!  We will be having our Harvest Mass next Friday 13 October in the church and would be most grateful if we could have a final push for donations.  In addition, we would like to warmly welcome all parents to join us at Mass where we will give praise and thanksgiving to God for His wonderful Creation and the gifts He has given us.  

A message from our One World Council Reps:

We – the One World Council members - have been very keen to collect for Readifood and have made some fantastic posters to raise awareness of our annual collection. Please read some of the reasons why we want to help and collect food for our local Christian charity. 

‘We want to help people and make the world a better place and more loving,’ said Trisha from Year 3.

Our One World Council members are keen to help others and to, ‘Make school and the environment a better place,’ Saad from Year 6. 

Romaya from Year 4 wants to be involved, ‘because I want people to love each other’.

We are very blessed to have such loving children who want to help their community so, if you have not yet donated, please do send something in with your child. A small donation can make a big difference!

A note regarding Covid

The school is following government guidelines regarding Covid.  We are therefore asking that any adult who tests positive not attend school for 5 days and any child for 3 days.  We would kindly ask that parents observe these guidelines as well.  We do have a number of Covid cases and the virus is spreading quickly among staff.


21 SEPTEMER 2023

Are you looking for a new job?  Are you interested in working with children?  We have 2 exciting opportunities open at the moment.  Please see the Vacancies page for full details and an application form.

FRIDAY 8th September 2023

Welcome Back!

It has been so lovely to see the children return to school this week with their huge grins and stories of summer holiday adventures.  We have had loads of fun with our new Literacy scheme.  This has included a giant invading the school, Y5 joining NASA and Literacy Group being invaded by the staff.  Check out the newsletter for more photos!

Please see below a list of dates for the coming term.


Dates for the coming term are as follows: 

Thursday 7 September 15.30 and 16.00 Meet the Teacher sessions

Friday 8 September Knowledge Organisers and Curriculum Letters sent home

Friday 8 September 09.15 Whole School Mass

w/c Monday 11 September Mission Week

Monday 11 September Reception children in all day

Wednesday 20 September 8.40 Reception Stay and Play – Learning through play

Friday 22 September 9.30-11 Open Morning for Reception Sept 2024

Friday 22 September 14.50 Maths Parent Workshop

Friday 29 September 14.00 Open Afternoon for Reception Sept 2024

Friday 6 October 09.00 Early Reading and Phonics (EYFS-Y1) Parent Workshop

Friday 6 October 09.15 Harvest Mass

Thursday 12 October Flu immunisations Reception to Y6

Friday 13 October 09.00 Y2-6 Love of Reading Parent Workshop

Friday 13 October 09.15 KS2 Mass

Monday 16 October 09.00 Gold Tie Assembly (for Y6 children and parents)

Friday 20 October Disconnect to Reconnect Day

Friday 20 October 09.30-11 Open Morning for Reception Sept 2024

Friday 20 October 15.25 TERM ENDS


Monday 30 October AUTUMN 2 TERM STARTS

Wednesday 1 November 09.15 Whole School Mass

Friday 3 November Knowledge Organisers and Curriculum Letters sent home

Wednesday 8 November 09.30 Open Morning for Reception Sept 2024

Friday 10 November 10.45-11.15 Remembrance Liturgy

w/c Monday 13 November Other Faiths Week

Wednesday 15 November 09.00 Reception Stay and Play – reading

Friday 17 November 09.15 KS1 Mass

Tuesday 21 November 14.00 Open Afternoon for Reception Sept 2024

Friday 24 November Anti-Bullying and Odd Socks Day

Tuesday 28 November 15.30-17.00 Parents’ Evening

Thursday 30 November 17.00-19.00 Parents’ Evening

Friday 1 December 09.15 KS2 Mass

Wednesday 6 December 08.40 Reception Stay and Play – Christmas Decorations

Wednesday 6 December 09.30-11 Open Morning for Reception Sept 2024

Friday 8 December 09.15 Whole School Mass

w/c Monday 11 December Bambinelli Week

Wednesday 13 December Christmas Jumper Day

Wednesday 13 December 11.00 Nursery Christmas Performance

Wednesday 13 December 12.15 Christmas Lunch

Wednesday 13 December 14.00 Reception and KS1 Nativity to school and parents with pre-school age children

Thursday 14 December 14.00 Reception and KS1 Nativity to parents

Friday 15 December 09.15 Whole School Mass

Tuesday 19 December 18.00 KS2 Carol Service (in church) all KS2 children must attend

Wednesday 20 December 13.00 TERM ENDS



School News Feed
  • Newsletter
    19 October 2023
    Appendix to Newsletter - Readifood
    Dear parents and carers, My sincerest apologies, I had omitted to update you in the newsletter about our Readifood collection. Please find attached some photos and thank you so very much for your fabulous generosity. All kind regards, Sarah
  • Important
    16 October 2023
    Year 1
    Dear Parents and Carers, I am writing to let you know that Miss Cummins had some very sad news this weekend about a death in her close family. As a result, she will not be in this week. I know that you will want to join with the school in sending her much love. Mrs Glasford will be teaching Y1 in Miss Cummins' absence. Kind regards, Sarah
  • Newsletter
    5 October 2023
    Please find attached this week's newsletter, packed with photos and upcoming events. Do join us for Harvest Mass in church next Friday 13 October at 9.15.
  • Important
    3 October 2023
    Change to Reception Finishing time
    Re: change to the length of the school day for Reception children Dear parents and carers, I am writing to inform you of a change to the length of the school day for Reception children here at St Anne's. • Reception class will no longer finish at 3.15p.m. Instead, they will finish at 3.25pm in line with the rest of the school. This change will be implemented from Monday 9 October 2023. We believe that this change will be beneficial to the school community, and will have a positive effect on your child’s education. Reception will now finish at the same time as the other children supporting parents and will enjoy a further 10 minutes of teaching time. I appreciate that the change may affect you in terms of childcare or working arrangements, and you may have questions related to your child’s education. For this reason, I would like to invite you to share any feedback that you have by sending it to head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk Yours sincerely, Sarah Bernto
  • Important
    29 September 2023
    Census - begging for your help!
    Dear parents and carers of children in Reception, Y1 and Y2, Next Thursday (5 October) is Census Day. A significant part of the funding we get as a school will depend on how many children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are booked onto Parent Pay for school lunch that day. You will not have to pay for the meal (as your child gets their school food free). We would just kindly ask every parent to book their child a school meal that day. Please note that we are more than happy for your child to bring a packed lunch in with them also! Moreover, every child booked on for a meal will be entered into our draw for a £20 Amazon voucher. We will advise parents of who the lucky winner is at the end of the week! Thank you so very much for your help, Sarah
  • Important
    21 September 2023
    Open Mornings and Afternoons
    Dear parents and carers, We very much need your help! Please find attached a flyer detailing our Open Mornings and Afternoons for parents looking for Reception places next September. We would kindly ask you to share these dates and flyers with anyone you know who is looking for a place next year. Deepest thanks, Sarah
  • Newsletter
    21 September 2023
    Catholic Life and Mission Newsletter
    Dear parents and carers, Our school Mission statement is 'to live by faith and to be known by love'. We would very much like our wider community to be aware of what we are trying to do and to join with us in trying to follow in Jesus's footsteps. To this end, we will be sending out a termly newsletter with a specific focus on the Catholic Life and Mission of the school. Please find attached our first instalment! Kind regards, Sarah
  • Club
    8 September 2023
    Dear parents and carers, We are running a number of clubs this term. They are as follows: Monday Keystage 2 Football £24 15:30-16:30. Dates: 11/18/25 September 2/9/16 October https://kiddiplan.com/direct-class-checkout/C31859. Run by Miss Gould Tuesday French club for Years 4 and 5 run by Madame Raja. reena@reenaraja.com Thursday Drama Club run by Berzerk Thursday Year 1-6 Dodgeball 8:00-8:45 £24 Dates: 14/21/28 September 5/12/19 October https://kiddiplan.com/direct-class-checkout/C31860. Run by Miss Gould Thursday Keystage 1 Football 15:30-16:30 £24. Dates:14/21/28 September 5/12/19 October https://kiddiplan.com/direct-class-checkout/C31861. Run by Miss Gould Friday 3.30-4.30 Spanish Club o run by Ole Spanish for Everyone – www.olespanish.net. Details have been sent by Schoolping. Friday. Year 1-6 Gymnastics. 15:30-16:30. £24. Dates: 15/22/29 September. 6/13/20 October. https://kiddiplan.com/direct-class-checkout/C31862. Run by Miss Gould Kind regards, Sarah
  • Newsletter
    8 September 2023
    We have had a wonderful first week back! Check out this week's newsletter for photos.
  • Important
    4 September 2023
    RAAC and looking forward to seeing everyone
    Dear parents and carers, I just wanted to reassure everyone that the school has been surveyed and we are very pleased to report that no RAAC has been found! We are greatly looking forward to welcoming everyone back tomorrow! Kind regards, Sarah
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