Vision and Values
Our vision at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is to provide the highest quality of education within a Catholic ethos. Through the love of God, we will foster individual uniqueness, working hard using the talents God has given us for the good of other people and to achieve our best. Together, with our families, our parish and our local community, we seek to create a safe, happy school where we
‘Treat others as you wish to be treated'
and become confident and caring citizens with a passion for learning.
Our Catholic Ethos and British Values
This is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the Gospel values. We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of our school’s activity. We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world. Catholic Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” (Pope St John Paul II) and the foundation of the entire educational process. We also provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and strong pastoral support. We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected and celebrated.
Values & Virtues
Our values apply to everyone in the school community and they inform the way we act, what we do and how we achieve our goals. We pride ourselves in making a difference; we continually seek to improve; we take responsibility for what we do; we value our differences; we support one another and we celebrate achievement.
We strive to ensure that as a school we:
Have well motivated pupils who take ownership of the learning process and are supported spiritually, emotionally and educationally to achieve their full potential
Have well motivated staff working as a team to develop the whole school leadership process. This incorporates the sharing of good practice, peer lesson observations and personalised planning to meet every child’s needs
Are a supportive, informed Board of Governors who play an active role in helping to raise standards and drive school improvement
Are a joint parish and school community where each is supportive of the other to ensure the pupils receive a full Catholic education
Have good links with the wider community
Have a positive working relationship with parents and include them in the development of their child’s education
Have openness so that staff, pupils and parents can ask for help, support and advice, without fear or prejudice
At the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches the people those values that build up the kingdom of God. Assembly and reflection themes at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School are rooted in The Beatitudes and Catholic Pupil Profile. The Values we promote through collective worship are the foundation of our school ethos and help us to live by the Gospel Values.
Pupils at St Joseph's Catholic Primary school are growing to be . . .
Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.
This ethos is reflected in the climate and every day school life and through the school’s broad, balanced creative curriculum; the equal opportunities offered to all pupils and the way everyone at the school is taught to
‘Treat others the way they wish to be treated’.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School supports the inclusion of all children with additional needs; enabling them to remain or reintegrate into mainstream education through an excellent pastoral programme. We place great emphasis on providing the best possible learning environment so as to ensure that all children see themselves as pupils who can achieve and be successful. It is of paramount importance to us that there is a positive ethos in school where success is celebrated and where children who need support and encouragement can access it.