St. Joseph’s has been in existence for over 70 years. In that time it has always been an important part of the life of the local Catholic Community. While maintaining those special and significant aspects that practising parents expect from their school, it has also moved with the best changes in educational practice.
From an ‘all-age’ school on its original site, opposite the Stadium, it has progressed through to its present location and status. Over those years, there have been numerous changes to the world of education.
Certain items remain under Authority control or remain part of the agreed shared Diocesan/Authority control.
The majority of our children come from St. Joseph’s Infants. Although they are two separate schools we enjoy close liaison with each other, so that transition is as smooth as possible. Staff in both schools share a common purpose and participate in joint in-service training.
As with all other state funded schools we are required to undertake the study and implementation of the National Curriculum. We have by law to provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum which “promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, academic and physical development of pupils and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life”. (National Curriculum Document).
School starts at 08.45am
School finished at 3.10pm
St Joseph's Junior school is a vibrant school, where all children work hard to achieve their greatest potential. The school has a 2 form entry structure, of 4 year groups in key stage 2. There are around 280 pupils currently on roll.
The school have well resourced classrooms which all have Interactive Whiteboards which are used to support and enrich all areas of the curriculum. a well equipped ICT suite, enabling St Joseph's staff and pupils to have fast and reliable access to the Internet via broadband.
It also has two playgrounds and access to a field behind the school for some sporting events, plus a large school hall used for assemblies, sports activities, lunch, after school clubs and special events.