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Please see below the latest update from the Head of Commercial Services in Knowsley Council with regards to Free School Meals:

As you know, since schools closed to most pupils on 20 March we have been providing free school meals to thousands of school children across the borough. Our current system involves issuing an e-voucher to parents / carers in advance for the following 2 week period. The next issue of vouchers is scheduled to take place on Monday 25 May.

As you will also know, we have recently amended our offer (we no longer provide vouchers for pupils previously eligible for free school meals through the Universal Offer) to fall in line with Government policy. Reluctantly, we were forced to take this position as the ongoing cost to us, which was the Government had confirmed was non-recoverable, was approximately £56,000 per week.

Since our last allocation of vouchers, the Government has also confirmed that its scheme will only pay for the cost of term-time only provision. That means that any Council or School providing free school meals through the half term holiday (commencing on 25 May) will not be reimbursed. Therefore, unfortunately we cannot afford to provide vouchers during the holiday period, in line with Government Policy, which varies in length from 1 -2 weeks across the borough.

Furthermore, with schools looking at how they may be able to open to a wider number of pupils from 1 June (which for some schools may fall within what would have been their half term holiday) we will need to develop a more bespoke approach to ensure those in greatest need receive the necessary help whilst we do not spend money we simply will not be able to recover.

We will be working closely with our schools over the coming weeks to help them plan for a phased safe opening and will consider the provision of free school meals and the numbers we need to continue to cater for through our e-voucher system compared with the numbers returning to school.

This information is available from Knowlsey News today. https://www.knowsleynews.co.uk/half-term-free-school-meals-update/ 

Letter to Parents and Carers 22nd May 2020

Letter to parents: 22nd May 2020

Important update regarding Government plan for wider school opening

Letter: 14th May 2020

Important Changes to Free School Meal Vouchers

Collaborative FSM Voucher Letter

Prayer for those affected by coronavirus:

God our Father, we pray for those who are suffering, for those who are grieving, for those who are anxious, and for those who are working tirelessly to care for the sick. God our Father, your Son Jesus Christ came into our world to heal us of all division and bring us life in abundance. By the power of your Spirit help us strive together as one family of many nations to help those in greatest need during this crisis. We ask this in the name of Jesus our Risen Lord. Amen.

Admission to Reception Class September 2020

The primary admissions allocation day will take place on Thursday 16th April.  All applicants, whether online or postal, will receive a letter with confirmation of their allocated primary school.  All allocation letters were sent out, by 1st class post, on Wednesday 15th April and therefore applicants should receive  confirmation of their allocation on Thursday 16th  April.  Online applicants will also receive an allocation confirmation email on the 16th April, as well as their letter.  We urge parents not to call the Admissions Team until they have received their email or letter and/or have been to the website below to see if their query can be answered there.  A lot of information and FAQs, for example regarding the appeals process, can be found on the webpage https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/education-and-schools/apply-for-a-school-place/annual-school-admission-procedures-september-2020, which has now been fully updated and expanded in light of the current situation.

You will receive a letter from school in the next week or two regarding starting in our Reception class in September 2020.

Free School Meals During School Closure

Supermarket Vouchers – FAQs for Parents 09 04 20
Free School Meals Application Form
Free School Meals Letter


If your circumstances have changed and you think that your child may be eligible for free school meals, then you can apply by completing a Free School Meals form by following this link form and returning it to benefits@knowsley.gov.uk.

New FSM APP 2019 updated

Home Learning

All resources for home learning can be found on the Links for Pupils page here: 

Links for Pupils


We have been notified of scams surrounding Free School Meals that have been circulating on social media.  We have not received any reports of scams in Knowsley, but at this current challenging time, we would urge everyone to apply caution. With regards to Free School Meals, as per the Government guidance, we are in the process of arranging a voucher scheme which will not involve transferring money or requesting bank account details. Residents are reminded to not give any personal or financial information to someone you do not know, however plausible they may sound.

Genuine organisations would not telephone you to ask for such information. If you receive a letter, email or phone call that you suspect to be bogus, contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 for advice. Don’t feel pressured to reveal any information.

Cycle Safety

We have seen a huge increase in cycling as many families are choosing to do this together as part of their permitted daily exercise.  Whilst recognising that people are cycling more, it is essential that they take every necessary step to keep safe.  Not only for their own safety but to reduce unnecessary extra strain being put on the NHS.

Knowsley Road Safety team would love you to send any completed sheets to roadsafety@knowsley.gov.uk or share on Twitter @Knowsley_roads using the #knowsleyroadsafety and #staysafe

Cycle Safety Activity Sheet

Corona Virus

Public Health England

For up to date advice regarding corona virus, please follow the link below to Public Health England.


In light of the recent outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 we want to assure you that we take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously.  We cannot give advice to parents other than that which is produced by the government through Public Health England.  Please continue to use this as your source of reliable information.  We will continue to use both our website and text messages to support passing on the information from central government and any other important updates.

Letter to Parents – 16th March 2020

Follow Liverpool Cathedral services online

More information available here: 


Helping Your Child to Understand Coronavirus

The Anti-Baddies – Resilience Toolkit

Free e-Books

Follow the link below to access free e-books

Free e-books

Food Banks

The Local Food Banks are keen to make parents aware that families will still be able to access food without the paper vouchers.  Please find a link to the local food banks and opening times below.


Welcome to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Our Mission Statement
Everyone Together with Jesus

Inspired by Jesus, we grow closer to God through prayer and worship. We always do our best and show respect, love and care for everyone.

School Aims

  1. To be inspired by Jesus.
  2. To enable all members of the school family to reach their full potential
  3. To work in partnership with parents, parish, local and wider community

We hope that your time with us will be happy and rewarding. At St. Joseph’s we take great pride in creating a warm welcoming school. Whilst your child is with us, we shall do everything we can to help him or her develop his or her potential and ensure that the school is a happy and stimulating place.

St. Joseph’s was judged to be outstanding in all areas during two recent inspections. The school is situated in an excellent position, close to the Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park. This offers opportunities for our pupils to take part in a variety of sporting activities including swimming and BMX riding. Our pupils have also attended a range of cultural activities including pantomimes, plays and musical performances.

If you would like to visit and see at first hand all that the school has to offer please contact us and make an appointment.

You can contact the school via email using stjoseph@knowsley.gov.uk or by phone on 0151 477 8990.

Please ask for Mrs D. Ely.

If you require a paper copy of any of the information on our school website, then please contact us and we can provide this free of charge.

I can’t do it….yet !

At St Joseph’s we encourage children to develop a mind- set that is open to challenge and not afraid of failure.

We reward our children for working hard and behaving well. We also encourage and reward children who show they can:

  • Be curious
  • Concentrate
  • Be independent
  • Be imaginative
  • Persevere
  • Make links
  • Have a go
  • Be proud
  • Be decisive

Ultimately, we are encouraging children not to think “I can’t do it” when they come across something that is difficult, but “I can’t do it yet !”

With support from our staff, parents, families and the children themselves to develop the above characteristics, we will be preparing our pupils for success.

If you would like any further information, or tips for how you can help to develop these characteristics in your child, please speak to their class teacher.

Summer Term Dates 2020

Friday, 17th April Staff training day
school closed

Monday, 20th April
Term begins

Friday, 8th May
Bank Holiday

25th May – 4th June
Half Term

Friday, 5th June Staff training day
school closed

Thursday, 16th July
School closes for Summer

Friday, 17th July
Staff training day – school closed

Click here to view all term dates.


Year 6 had the best attendance this week. Well done!!!


Year 5 had the best punctuality this week. Well done!!!

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