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Wednesday Word

Wednesday Word

A new Edition of The Wednesday Word.


  With the recent update that schools will open to all students, you may be wondering how you can support your child’s return back to school. Most children will be looking forward to returning and others may be worried. For both cases, your child/ren will benefit from preparation to go back. Here are some tips to help.
Parents' guide to supporting children in maths - 2020

Parents' guide to supporting children in maths - 2020

  Southwark have produced a VERY useful guide for ALL parents to help their children with Maths. Please read the document, which is filled with helpful advice, as well as information about how Maths is taught at St.Joseph's. 
Newsletter 25th February 2021

Newsletter 25th February 2021

Joseph’s Camberwell Newsletter                                                                                                                 Thursday 25th February 2021 Dear Parents/Carers, Welcome back to a new half term. I hope you and your families are all keeping safe and well. I want to thank you all for your continued support this term with ‘home learning’ and everything that you have done to support the school, the local community and the wider community by following the guidance to stay at home to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus. It seems unthinkable that the lockdowns have continued for as long as they have and that children have had two lengthy periods of time away from school. I am sure that we are all praying that there will be no more lockdowns and that the children can return to school and stay at school from 8th March 2021 onwards. I know that all the staff are looking forward to having all of the children back in school with their friends, learning together. You will receive further guidance in a letter next week, detailing how we plan to reopen fully on the 8th March.   As we enter into this special season of Lent, we are reminded that it is a time for spiritual growth. The Church invites us to be introspective, and to prepare for the celebration of Christ’s Paschal Mystery with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It can be challenging for children to give alms, so we want to encourage them to practice giving in a way that provides both an opportunity for sacrifice as well as generosity. The children are invited to practice being good stewards of their possessions by going through their things and setting aside those clothes, toys, etc. that they have grown out of, or no longer use. It demonstrates gratitude for God’s gifts, and passes those gifts on to others. Parents in discussion with the child determine who the recipient(s) should be. You might want to pass things along to the child’s younger siblings, cousins, neighbours etc.   We are planning to hold a virtual parents meeting next week, before all the children return to school on the 8th March. This will give you an opportunity to meet the your child’s class teacher, share any worries or anxieties you think your child may have with regards to returning to school and for the teacher to give a brief overview of what learning will take place on their return.…
Children's Mental Health Week

Children's Mental Health Week

Children's Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021. This year's theme is Express Yourself.
Covid 19 Update - 14 Dec 2020

Covid 19 Update - 14 Dec 2020

Date: 14/12/2020 FOR PARENTS OF CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID 19 at St Joseph’s Camberwell Schools’ Federation. Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 10 Days  Dear Parent, We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school. We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected person. In line with the national guidance your child must stay at home and self-isolate until 19/12/2020 (10 days after contact). If your child is well at the end of the 10 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities. Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10 day self-isolation period. Please see the link to: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via or by calling 119.  People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online. Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period Please see the link to the PHE…


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Admission Policy

St Joseph’s Camberwell Catholic Schools' Federation
(Infant's & Junior School)


St Joseph’s Camberwell Catholic Schools' Federation (Infant's & Junior School) is a voluntary aided school in the diocese of Southwark. It is in the trusteeship of the diocese of Southwark. The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its trust deed and Instrument of Government, and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ. The school exists primarily to serve the Catholic community and Catholic children always have priority of admission. However, the Governing Body welcomes all applications, subject to the availability of places, from those of other denominations and faiths who support the religious ethos of the school.

Having consulted with the local authority and other admission authorities the Governors intend to admit into the Reception and Year 3 classes up to 60 pupils each without reference to ability or aptitude.  Children will be admitted at the beginning of the autumn term following their fourth birthday.

Catholic children always have priority of admission where the parents have indicated that St Joseph’s Camberwell Catholic Schools' Federation (Infant's & Junior School) is their preferred school.

Where the number of applications exceeds 60, the Governors will offer places, in the order stated, using the following criteria:-

  1. Looked after Catholic children or looked after children in the care of Catholic families - (see footnote i)

  2. Baptised practising Catholic children who reside in the Sacred Heart Parish Camberwell.
    Evidence of Baptism will be required - (see footnote ii and iii)
    (Parish boundary maps may be viewed in the school office or your local church)

  3. Baptised practising Catholic children who reside in St Wilfred’s or St Philip & St James’ parishes.
    Evidence of Baptism will be required - (see note ii and iii)
    (Parish boundary maps may be viewed in the school office or your local church)

  4. Baptised practising Catholic children who reside in other parishes.
    Evidence of Baptism will be required - (see note ii and iii)

  5. Baptised Catholic Children.
    Evidence of Baptism will be required.

  6. Children enrolled in the catechumenate.
    Evidence of enrolment in the catechumenate will be required.

  7. Other Looked after children.

  8. Children who are members of the Eastern Orthodox Churches.
    Evidence of Baptism will be required.

  9. Children who are members of other Christian Denominations.
    Evidence of membership of the church provided by a priest or minister where the family regularly worship will be required.

  10. Children of other faiths.
    Evidence of religious membership provided by a priest, minister or religious leader of a designated place of worship will be required.

  11. Any other children

The following order of priorities will be applied when applications within any of the above categories exceed the places available and it is necessary to decide between applications.

  1. For Category 2, 3 and 4 above – The strength of evidence of commitment to the faith as demonstrated by the level of the family’s Mass attendance on Sundays using the frequency of Mass attendance asked for on the supplementary Form. Applications will be ranked in the order shown on the supplementary Form. Firstly those who attend Mass weekly, then those who attend once or twice a month etc; This evidence should be provided by the parents/carers and be endorsed by a priest at the church(es) where the family normally worship.

  2. The presence of a brother or sister on the school roll at the time of admission. Evidence of the relationship may be required. (see footnote v)

  3. The presence of a brother or sister attending St Joseph’s Catholic Infant School Camberwell, at the time of admission. (see footnote v)

  4. Medical or social/pastoral grounds which make the school particularly suitable for the child in question. Strong and relevant evidence must be provided by an appropriate professional authority (e.g. qualified medical practitioner, education welfare officer, social worker or priest).

  5. Distance from home to school as measured in a straight line from the front entrance of the pupil’s home to the pupil entrance gate of the school using the measurement supplied by the local authority derived from their computerised mapping system. Evidence of residence may be required.


Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with sections 88 and 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing and must set out the reasons on which the appeal is made. Appeals should be made to the Admissions Appeal Clerk at the school address. Appellants have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel.

Waiting Lists

Parents of children who have not been offered a place at the school may ask for their child’s name to be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list will be operated using the criteria listed above.   Placing a child’s name on the waiting list does not guarantee that a place will become available.   This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place. A waiting list will be maintained by the LA until 31st August and subsequently by the school until 31st January as stated in the Southwark co-ordinated scheme.

Late Applications

Any late applications will be considered by the Governors' Admissions Committee, in the event of there being any available places using the above criteria. If all places have been filled parents will be offered the opportunity of placing their child’s name on the waiting list. This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place.

Applications during the year

Pupils whose parents apply for a place at other times (for example, on moving into the area) but for whom a place is not available will be placed on the list within the relevant criterion.


Catholics include members of the Latin and Oriental Rite Churches that are in union with the See of Rome. Reference to other Christian denominations refers to denominations that are full members of Churches Together in England.

  1. “Looked after Catholic Children” has the same meaning as in section 22 of the Children’s act 1989, and means any child in the care of the local authority or provided with accommodation  by them (e.g. with foster parents). Please note that children in private fostering arrangements are not considered looked after children.

  2. The frequency of Sunday Mass attendance by the applicant together with one or both parents.

  3. For the purposes of the Admission Criteria, the term “Catholic” is taken to denote a baptised person who is in full communion with the Catholic Church, that is to say, a member of any Catholic Church that is in full communion with the See of Rome.

  4. The attendance at services by the applicant together with one or both parents.

  5. Brother or sisters means children who live as brother and sister, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, step brothers or sisters. It would not include other relatives e.g. cousins





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