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Early Years


Our Pre School is an integral part of our school community.  Our school governors are delighted to offer this provision on our school site for our very youngest pupils.  If you have a child of pre school age and would like to find out more about our pre school, please contact Mrs Walsh (Headteacher) or Mrs Martin (Pre School Supervisor).

Pre School is open during term time from 9:00am until 3:00pm, families can choose from any combination of sessions from mornings or afternoons to full day sessions. We accept applications for pre school throughout the academic year.

Reception is open during term time from 8.50am - 3.15pm, for our 4 and 5 year olds. We embed our quality education through working as a EYFS phase with Pre School.


At Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School, we provide a high-quality EYFS education giving children a secure and confident start to their school life. We are committed to nurturing a lifelong love of learning alongside the aims of the EYFS statutory framework. We strive for high standards, consider the development of the whole child and seek to foster resilience and independence. We aim to provide the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success and to give children the best possible start to their early education.

We provide inviting classroom environments indoors and outdoors to stimulate learners and engage them in developing the three ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ as set out within the EYFS.


  • Quality first teaching across all areas of the curriculum.
  • Stimulating learning environments indoors and outdoors.
  • Well planned and organised continuous provision which allows the children to learn through play.
  • A carefully planned balance of adult-led and child-initiated learning opportunities.
  • We promote a love of learning through real life experiences and opportunities to build on prior learning.
  • Close links with local nurseries which support a smooth and settled transition into school.
  • Strong parental partnerships which empower parents to support their child’s learning at home.
  • Systematic approaches to teaching reading to ensure all children learn to read. High quality phonics teaching is started as soon as children begin reception.
  • Opportunities for children and families to develop a love of reading.


  • High levels of engagement and motivation demonstrated from children which supports them to become lifelong learners.
  • Confident and capable readers who demonstrate a love of reading.
  • Evidence of strong links with parents.
  • Children demonstrate the characteristics of effective learning and are well prepared for the next stage in their learning.
  • Children feel happy and safe and enjoy coming to school.
  • All children access a balanced and challenging curriculum regardless of their background, needs or abilities.
  • Children make strong progress from their starting points and are offered a broad curriculum which meets each child’s unique needs.
  • Children are supported by adults that are well trained and passionate about providing the best education for every child.
  • The percentage of children achieving the GLD within the EYFSP is in line with or above the national average.