Welcome to St Joseph’s Website

I am Damian Groark and I am overjoyed to be the Headteacher of St. Joseph’s. This is a very special and vibrant community and it is a delight to have the opportunity to serve here.

I hope that you find our website a great source of information about our school. The newsletter, Twitter feed and Facebook page are other immediate ways to find out about some of the wonderful things that happen here.

St Joseph’s is an exceptionally caring place to work for both our children and our staff. Our work is typified by a desire to strive for the highest of standards, in all that we do, be that academically, extra-curricular activities and in our relationships. We never miss an opportunity to showcase the abilities of our talented children.

The Gospel Values and Community are at the core of all of our work here, and we are very proud of our children, our dedicated staff and our wider parish family.

I invite you to visit our school if the opportunity arises, and if you have any queries, please contact us via telephone or email.

Kindest regards

Damian John Groark

Headteacher

 

St. Joseph’s RC Primary School is a co-educational voluntary aided primary school for boys and girls of all abilities from 4-11 years of age.

The school also has a nursery class for children from 3 to 4 years of age. As a catholic school, St. Joseph’s community attempts to live up to the ideals stated in the report on the National Pastoral Congress of 1980. “The particular task of the Catholic school is to provide an experience of a living Christian Community within which all members of the school – pupils, staff, parents and governors can be helped to mature in faith”.

The school’s Mission Statement embodies these ideas.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

Here in St. Joseph’s, where every aspect of school life is built upon Gospel values, we seek to create an atmosphere supported through prayer and worship, whereby everyone who has an interest in our community can feel valued and believe their happiness is the pursuit of all as we grow closer to Jesus Christ. Through a curriculum that supports the holistic development of each child, by encouraging them to reach their full potential, we will maintain a high quality education within the resources available and seek to develop the necessary partnership links with home and parish so that all are able to participate as members in the wider community.

 

BRITISH VALUES

 

The Government set out its definition of ‘British Values’ in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ (2011), which was designed to prevent the extremism and religious radicalisation of young people. British values are considered by the government to be

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic education because British values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation.

“We are proud that Catholic schools promote values that are both Catholic and British, including: respect for the individual, democracy, individual liberty, respect, tolerance and inclusiveness. Our schools promote cohesion by serving more ethnically diverse and poorer communities. Catholic schools provide high standards of education which are popular with parents from all social, economic and faith backgrounds.”

 

Paul Barber (Catholic Education Service 15 December 2014).

 

At St. Joseph’s we provide an education that focuses on the formation of the whole child. We recognise the importance of helping pupils to flourish academically, but also spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, so they are fully prepared for life in British society and for their role as citizens, able to make the strongest possible contribution to the Common Good of all. Within this framework, it would be impossible to overlook the government’s view of British values expressed as ‘democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.’

 

Please follow the link below to see some examples which are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British Values at St. Joseph’s Primary School. These should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.

 

British Values

 

The school and parents have formed a PTA, known as the “Friends of St. Joseph’s”. They meet to organise social and fund raising events.