St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Walking hand in hand with Jesus

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Lawton Avenue, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3JY

Mrs Amanda Cross

01993 841240

Parent Info

School Structure


Principal: Lisa Smith

Deputy Principal: Cheryl MacLennan

SENCo: Lisa Smith

DSL: Lisa Smith     Deputy DSL: Kim Quinn, Debi Davis, Cheryl MacLennan, Clare Neller

Chair of Local Academy Committee: Michele Heath

Curriculum Co-ordinators

RE - Lisa Smith, Cheryl MacLennan

EYFS Lead/Literacy - Cheryl MacLennan

Mathematics - Gerard Iredale

Please contact any of the above through the school: St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Lawton Avenue, Carterton OX18 3JY

Telephone: 01993 841240

School Term Dates

Please visit the school calendar page for current and next year's term dates.


All children are expected to wear school uniform.  All items of uniform should be carefully marked with the name of the child. You can order name labels through using the school fundraising number 20189. Clothing can be obtained from your choice of supplier. Items with the school logo are available to order through PMG Schoolwear and are available to view and try on at school. 

Jewellery must not be worn.  Studs are permissible in pierced ears but must be removed for all physical education activities. In cases where ears have been recently pierced, they may be taped for the first six weeks. Children with long hair must have it tied up during physical education for safety reasons. Swimming hats must be worn for all swimming lessons. 

Please make sure all items of clothing, including coats are named.

Personal items brought into school by a pupil remain the child’s responsibility, not the responsibility of staff. 

 School Uniform:   

  • Plain grey skirt, dress, trousers or shorts
  • White blouse/shirt, white polo shirt or red polo shirt
  • Plain red cardigan or pullover
  • School sweatshirt (optional)
  • School fleece (optional)
  • White, red or grey socks or tights
  • Black shoes
  • Red gingham check dress (Girls, summer)


  • White T-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Plimsolls
  • Outdoor wear and trainers – plain (any colour)
  • Swimming kit (if applicable) – fitted trunks (ie – not long/baggy shorts) / swimming costume, swimming hat and towel (bikinis are not acceptable for girls and boys should wear fitted trunks as the instructors need to be able to see leg movements fully).

Please try before you buy as name-tagged items can not be returned.

Samples are available at school.


At St Josephs we use the School Gateway system to facilitate many aspects of communication with Parents as well as booking and paying for our Afterschool Care and School Lunches! The School Gateway can be used either via their website or you can download their free App from the Apple or Google store. 

We would like all our parents to sign up to the School Gateway even if you do not need to make any payments as this enables us to send you messages for free.  The link for School Gateway is below. The first payment must be made via a computer to register your card details. Once you have signed in you can make payments for and book school meals for your child/children as well as book our Kids Care and Breakfast Clubs. 

If you need any assistance with School Gateway or do not have access to a computer, then please see the school office. 

Year Groups and Class Organisation

The school is arranged into Foundation Stage which includes Reception, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.

Elm Class               Reception     -  Ms C MacLennan
Maple Class            Year 1and 2  -  Miss H Stone
Chestnut Class        Year 3 and 4 -  Mr G Iredale
Eucalyptus Class      Year 5 and 6 -  Mr R Foster


School Hours

All pupils

08:50 - 09:00 Registration 
09:00 - 11:50 Morning session 
12:00 - 12:50 Lunchtime
12:50 - 15:00 Afternoon session 

School Meals

A nutritious, freshly prepared hot meal is available to all children, every day.  School meals are provided by Aspens.  The menu is rotated on a two weekly basis and uses locally sourced ingredients where possible . Click here to see our current menu.

An application form for Free School Meals is available from the school office; if you think that you may be eligible please complete the form.  We ask parents to still complete this form even if entitled to a meal under the new government scheme Universal Free School Meals, due to additional funding that the school receives (Pupil Premium). Eligibility criteria can be found on the Oxfordshire County Council Website.  If your child is entitled to Free School Meals then it is your responsibility to inform the school of any changes to your circumstances that may affect your eligibility. 

School Meal Payment FAQs


How much are meals?

Lunches are £2.20 per meal per day

Does my child have to have a school meal every day?

No, you can pick any days of the week and you may change how many days and which days each week too.

When should I pay?

Payment must be made on a Monday morning, in advance of meals being taken.

Should I just pay for one week?

You can pay on a Monday for the week ahead or in advance to the end of the month.  Any meals paid for but not taken will be carried over and you can ask the school administrator to check your balance at any time.

How should I pay?

Please make payment via the School Gateway. The first payment made, will need to be made via a computer not the app. If you need any assistance, then please contact the school office. 

How do you know what choice my child wants?

You can choose which meals your child would like via School Gateway. If you have not selected a meal for your child, they will be asked during registration for their choice. If you have booked your child a school lunch and would like to cancel it, then please speak to the office. We will order your child a lunch if you have booked one online.


Food from home 

If your child will be bringing packed lunches into school please ensure that they are healthy foods and snacks, please visit this site for some wonderful, healthy ideas:

Lunches and snacks are not permitted to include fizzy drinks or sweets.  The school wishes to support families in providing a balanced diet for their children, there is useful information for parents on Children’s Food Trust website.

Morning Break

Many children like to bring a snack to school to eat at morning break. All children in Key Stage One are provided with a free piece of fruit each morning through a government scheme. We strongly recommend that parents provide Key Stage Two children with a healthy snack for their break.  

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