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St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School
Western Avenue, Woodley, RG5 3BH, UK Reading
+44 (0)118 969 3893

St Dominic Savio
Catholic Primary School

Western Avenue Woodley, Reading  RG5 3BH    

Tel: 0118 9693893 Fax: 0118 9693765

Our School

The school occupies a spacious and pleasant site at the rear of the Parish Church of St John Bosco in Western Avenue, Woodley. It has its own playing fields, playgrounds and nature area with pond, situated adjacent to Woodford Park.

Location Map

the infant school

General Information

St Dominic Savio School is a Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided primary school in the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth for children aged between 5 and 11 years. The school serves the parishes of St John Bosco, Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Dominic Barberi, St Thomas More and the areas of Woodley, Winnersh, Charvil, Twyford, Wargrave and East Reading.

Our school exists primarily because of the commitment of the parents, staff and governors to the Catholic Church. We believe that gospel values should be evident in all we say and do in the school. Religious Education is not just an allotted segment in the timetable. We have adopted a motto which reflects this belief - Serve The Lord With Joy.

We aim to provide a happy and caring Catholic/Christian environment where the spiritual and moral development of the children is as important as their intellectual, physical and aesthetic development. In fact, it is the school's published mission statement that:

School Aims

The belief in the Catholic faith naturally begins in the home and the school aims to nurture that faith:

Ensuring that the children learn to communicate effectively, as this has a significant influence on their understanding of relationships.

Ensuring the curriculum provides a Catholic, Christian setting in which children can grow in knowledge, skills, attitudes and values.

Creating interaction between the home, the school and the parish which help to prepare the children for entry into the wider community.

Teaching the importance of respect and concern for their fellow pupils, parents, teachers and other members of society.

We value the trust placed in us by the parents of the children in our care and we strive to ensure that all our children prosper and thrive. The environment we create is one where the children feel confident, secure, valued and able to express their views and opinions whilst understanding the importance of listening to others.

Religious Education

The school has adopted the "Here I Am" religious programme and is pleased with the results that have been achieved in its use.

All children admitted to the school take part in collective worship daily. There are also class masses during each term and regular school masses. Infant children have liturgy services with our local priests.

Applications for Admission

Applications for Reception Class

We are now planning for our 2007/2008 intake into Reception.  There is a deadline so it is important to get your application in on time.   All applications are welcome - our children come from a variety of faiths and backgrounds and we cover a wide geographical area.

If you have a child with a birth date between 1st September 2002 and 31st August 2003, you will now be required to register with Wokingham Local Authority.  Forms are available online at or by telephoning school admissions on 0118 9746245.  You will also be required to complete a school supplementary form available to download.

Places will be allocated at this school as in previous years i.e. applications will be considered by the Governors according to our published Admissions Criteria.

Applications to other year groups

We are restricted to 30 children in each infant class (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2).  Occasionally, we have places in these classes. 

At present the Governors will admit up to 34 children in the junior classes (Years 3,4,5 and 6).  This means that 8 places become available in Year 3 each year.  Please do not assume that because reception class places or infant places are full, there are not places further up the school.

For further information please contact Wokingham Local Authority or the school direct.

All applications will be considered in line with our Admission Policy.  

If you have any queries or would like to make an appointment to view the school either...
telephone the school office on 0118 9693893
send an E-mail to:

Application Form

Clubs and Activities

The children are encouraged to widen their horizons and interests by taking up hobbies and pursuing extra-curricular activities. A variety of clubs meet during the lunch time break or after school. Currently there is a French club as well as musical tuition (recorders, violin and percussion).

There are also football, netball, cricket and rounders training sessions and matches at various times of the year. Swimming is offered to all Year 3 children during school time and we try to take any older children who are still non swimmers.

These sports are run by teachers and parents. In a number of these sports we have competitive teams participating regularly on an inter-school basis and against other schools throughout Berkshire. In football we have an 11 aside and two six aside teams; in netball we run two teams, one A and one B, and we also have a cricket team. To help in the delivery of all aspects of PE, all members of the teaching staff have required knowledge and attend training courses as necessary.

WOODLEY CARNIVAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT 9TH & 10TH JUNE 2005 - Report from the A Team squad

It was Woodley Carnival time again and a chance for the boys to represent the school at the Carnival football tournament.

We had to play six matches in the first round and we won five of the matches and drew the other 0 - 0.

Some of the matches were very one sided and the ball hardly ever came up to our end of the pitch.  We played against Whiteknights, Aldryngton, Polehampton, Beechwood, Highwood and another school and we won our group, which meant we were through to the quarterfinals on Friday.

On Friday the match started at 6.45 p.m.  We were all over the other team but we were unable to score.  The match ended with the score 0 - 0.  This meant that we would have to have a penalty shoot out.  Unfortunately no one scored and the other team scored on their first attempt and we were knocked out of the tournament.

School Netball Team Report 2005

At the Waingels Copse School tournament St. Dominic's A team won, then at the Hugh Faringdon School St Dominic's B team won.

At the Woodley Carnival Netball Tournament in June this year, our A team were runners-up and each girl received a medal.  Our B team won the tournament and received the winning trophy as well as a medal each.

Everyone that took part enjoyed the competitions and had fun.

Cricket Report

Two teams took part in the Woodley Junior Kwik Cricket Tournament, and the A-side played in the Wokingham round of the Berkshire Kwik Cricket Tournament, where they won one match and narrowly lost another two. The opportunity was greatly enjoyed by the children.

Rugby Report

Year 5 and 6 children took part in the first ever rugby tournament for primary schools in Wokingham; the A-team came second in their league and the B-team finished fourth in theirs.

Facilities and Community Links

We are able to offer an excellent range of facilities. These include two purpose-built halls - one infant and one junior, two large playgrounds and a very large playing field. Through our sporting activities we have a number of links with the local community. Our field and hall are used by local organisations which include junior football and judo clubs and adult keep fit groups.

Other community links include visiting coaches in football and basketball, and children from local secondary schools working with teachers. We also take part in fund-raising activities for sports with the Superschools organisation.


Santa's Visit to the School

Santa's visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all and every child had a ride on Santa's sleigh


Our Summer Fete

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