As a Roman Catholic school, our faith is central to our mission to provide a Catholic education. We place Christ at the centre of everything we do and strive to achieve. Our identity and values as a Catholic School can be seen in all areas of school life.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School sits within the Diocese of Clifton. The Bishop of Clifton is Bishop Declan Lang.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton is a Roman Catholic diocese centred on the Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Clifton, England. The diocese covers the City and County of Bristol and the counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire. With an area of 4,215 square miles, it is one of the largest diocese in England.
Today, Catholic schools provide an education for all children who seek the values of the Catholic faith. The number of non-Catholic children has increased in our school as more families and children make this choice for their children.
They see that our school is founded on Gospel values. It is friendly, well run, nurturing and strongly orientated towards family and community spirit. We have an inclusive ethos that invites parents, grandparents, carers and staff to be part of a joint effort to give our children the best education possible.
Another thing important to St Joseph's as a Catholic school is the quality of pastoral care. This care is extended to all, but especially to the most vulnerable and fragile.
When the Ofsted Inpector reported in December 2021 he used a phrase you often hear in Catholic schools, "is it’s like a family here". This is what any parent would want for their child: to be educated in a place where everyone feels valued and like they belong.
The day to day curriculum will look very much like any other school, with preparation for secondary school and a full range of subjects on offer. What makes a Catholic school different is a commitment to making the child the best they can be as a whole person.
Academic standards are important as part of a rounded education but we also wish to develop a young person physically, morally and intellectually. We aim to provide a "moral compass", a set of values based on the Gospel to guide their future lives and to encourage our pupils to serve the common good of society.