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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.  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.

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 Head - Mrs Bernto - via email on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or phone the school office on 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 Mrs Bernto via email on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk or phone the school office on 01189375537 and ask to speak to the Headteacher.  Our DSL is Sarah Bernto contactable on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk.  We also have 3 Deputy DSLs: Gemma Burnitt (senco@st-annes.reading.sch.uk), Patricia King (pking@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 2023? 

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. 

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


26th January 2023

The children have had a lovely week focussing on the Mission of our school - to Live by Faith and to be Known by Love.  They have reflected on the importance of St Anne and on the role of Mary in the life of the school and in our lives today.  In addition, they have been fascinated by the history of the school rooted in the Order of the Visitation and have thought deeply about how to respect the nuns’ values of humility and gentleness so that we may continue to bear witness to the school’s charism. 

Year 3 said a Hail Mary every time they put a dab of paint on their portraits of the Holy Mother.


20th January 2023

... and the winner is Alex MacCarthy!  

Huge thanks go to the many, many parents who booked their children in for lunch yesterday; we are hugely grateful for your support.  

Please check out this week's newsletter for highlights of the week and information about our upcoming Mission Week.


19th January 2023

Nursery have been making the Cross.  

Drum roll please ... this week's newsletter will come out tomorrow as we are just awaiting the name of the winner of the £20 Amazon voucher!

12th January 2023

It is that time of year again!  19th January is census day; this means that the number of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 taking a school dinner on this day is logged and used to work out how much money the school will receive in funding.  We are literally pleading with all parents therefore in these year groups to sign their child up for a school meal on 19th January.  Any money that the school can get is invaluable as we do operate on a shoestring!  As an incentive, we will even put the names of all the children who are down to take a meal on this day into a raffle; the winner will receive a £20 Amazon voucher!  Please help us and, in the process, you might be a winner!

6th January 2023

Happy New Year!  I wish you a year of good health and great happiness!

2023 got off to a fantastic start at St Anne's with a super French Day including food tasting, cooking crepes, French games, learning about famous French figures throughout history, painting in the style of French artists and reading Asterix!


15th December

This week has seen everyone enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch, Christmas Jumper Day and two performances of our fabulous nativity by children in Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y2.  Check out the newsletter for more photos!


8th December

Please do check out this week's newsletter for news about how we are preparing for Gaudete Sunday by making bambinelli to be blessed by Fr Joe during Mass tomorrow ... and much, much more!!!


1st December

We are now firmly in Advent.  Check out this week's newsletter to find out how the children have been preparing both for the Second Coming and also to celebrate the historical birth of Jesus.


26th November

As we fast approach the start of a new Church Year and the beginning of Advent, we look forward to the coming of ChristChrist: celebrating His birth, His renewed coming into our lives this Christmas, especially through the Eucharist, and His second coming at the end of time.

Thank you to Y5 for a lovely assembly this morning reminding us that Advent is a time to prepare our souls to meet Christ.

Please do have a read of this week's newsletter for the latest photos and updates!

23rd November 2022

Calling all Y5 parents!  Please don't forget to come along to the Y5 Class Assembly at 9am this Friday.  We look forward to seeing you.

17th November 2022

This week, we are focussing on living out our mission statement: 'Learning to live by faith and to be known by love'.  (Please see this week's newsletter above).  Tomorrow, we will be dressing up in bright/spotty clothes and sporting face paint in support of Children in Need.  This is a fabulous event focussed on helping the young whether it be with their physical, mental or emotional needs.  There is still time to donate using the link sent out last week via Schoolping. Please do give generously!

This week, we are very grateful to Y1 who are leading us in prayer with their own versions of the Glory Be.


10th November 2022

This weekend, we remember in prayer particularly those who lost their lives in wars.

We remember those who stood for love and truth and thank you for the sacrifice they made for me and you.
Thank you that we can now enjoy peace and learn to love not fight.
Thank you that we can now sing and play and not be scared or hide.

We pray for other countries where children live in fear and there is war and fighting and many are in tears. Please help to make things better and bring some peace to them.
Protect all those who try and help to make friends again. Amen.



School News Feed
  • Important
    26 January 2023
    Planned Strike Action
    Dear parents and carers, Please find attached a letter outlining the situation at St Anne's with regard to next week's scheduled strike action. In short, we are currently planning to be open as normal! Kind regards, Sarah
  • Newsletter
    20 January 2023
    Newsletter and winner of the £20 Amazon voucher!
    Dear parents and carers, Please find attached this week's newsletter with the exciting announcement of the winner of the £20 Amazon voucher. Many, many thanks to all those parents who signed their child up for school yesterday; we hugely appreciate it. Kind regards, Sarah
  • Newsletter
    12 January 2023
    Dear parents and carers, Please find attached this week's newsletter. Kind regards, Sarah
  • General
    10 January 2023
    Behaviour Policy
    Dear parents and carers, We have made some very minor adjustments to our Behaviour Policy and, as a result, are required to share the revised document with parents. Please do email me if you have any questions. Kind regards, Sarah
  • Newsletter
    19 December 2022
    Governor Newsletter
    Dear parents and carers, Please find attached the Governors' newsletter. Kind regards, Sarah
  • Important
    16 December 2022
    Dear parents and carers, Hot on the heels of walking to the World Cup, the children have now also managed to walk to Lapland!!! As a result, all classes will be watching Elf (a PG) on Monday as a treat. If you would not like your child to watch, please let the class teacher know by first thing on Monday. Kind regards, Sarah
  • Important
    15 December 2022
    After School Care on Mon 19th Dec and no after school care on Tues 20th Dec
    Dear parents and carers, Please be advised of the following arrangement vis a vis after school care next week. - Monday 19th December Children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 will go into After School Care at the end of school as usual. Children in Y3, 4, 5 and 6 will be taken to the church with their class for the Carol Service. If they are not collected at the end of the service, they will be taken back to school and will join After School Care in the hall. - Tuesday 20th December School ends at 1pm. There is no After School Care.
  • Important
    15 December 2022
    Carol Service - information for parents of children in Early Years and KS1
    Dear parents of children in Early Years and KS1, As you will have read, the KS2 Carol Service will be taking place in the church on Monday evening from 4pm. Children in Early Years and KS1 are not expected to attend and should be picked up by parents/carers as per normal at 3.15/3.25pm. Parents of children in Early Years and KS1 are however welcome to attend the service and to bring their children with them but will themselves be responsible for their children. Kind regards, Sarah
  • Event
    15 December 2022
    Carol Service - Monday 19th December
    Dear parents and carers, Our KS2 Carol Service will take place in the church on Monday (19th December) from 4pm. All parents and carers are warmly invited to join us in this celebration of Christ's birth led by Y5. Please do come along! Please note that all children in KS2 are expected to attend (that is, children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6). The children will stay in school at the end of the school day and will be given juice and a biscuit before being taken to the church. Pick up will be from the church at the end of the service. For those parents who do not intend to be present at the service, it is anticipated that it will take around 45 minutes. We would kindly ask you to be present therefore at 4.45pm. Kind regards, Sarah
  • Event
    6 December 2022
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tickets
    Dear parents and carers, Thank you so much for all the interest in the tickets for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I am pleased to say that they have been given out now. Many thanks, Sarah
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