St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Joseph’s is a Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School maintained by the Diocese of Wrexham.
It is a Catholic school with a happy, caring family atmosphere, where each individual’s all round development can be monitored and assisted by a hard working staff, full of ideas in keeping with the demands of today's Education system.
The school is named after St Joseph who, with Our Lady, raised Jesus in a loving and caring environment. The ethos of St Joseph's reflects the values of such an environment.
The school was officially opened on Tuesday 17 January 1933 with the admission of 49 children. Today the school can admit up to 240 pupils.
We believe the Catholicity of the school permeates all we do with the children. On entering the school a visitor should be able to feel the caring nature both through staff and the children. The work displayed throughout the school also reflects this, in turn, we, the staff, believe the children benefit from this atmosphere and develop as individuals within a true community.
Above all, St Joseph's as a school recognises that the message of Christ, through the Gospels and the Church, is the foundation of the educational experience for all those attending. A sound knowledge of the Catholic faith should be imbibed and lived: so that the love of Christ is encouraged.
As a new young learner at St Joseph’s, children will experience the Foundation Phase, where they will learn through structured play. This will begin with our excellent playgroup facility and will continue through our spacious and fully resourced learning spaces. During this time, they will work both in the classroom and in our Outdoor Covered Learning Area on a daily basis.
In the Juniors they will continue to develop their learning through a skills based curriculum which promotes thinking skills and group work. They will make use of state of the art ICT equipment in the classrooms and the ICT suite. They may also attend our highly regarded After School Club. Of course, they will also have the opportunity to participate in numerous after school activities, trips and excursions. They may also go on to represent the school in swimming, netball, football, cricket and athletic competitions.
As a caring school, St Joseph's places great importance on Special Needs Education. Children with learning difficulties or special needs have a very special place within the school where their talents can be brought to the fore and their confidence boosted. It is a belief of the staff that equal opportunities should be given to all pupils, taking into account their intellectual capacity and their social and environmental background. The chance to find an unknown or an untapped talent is essential for all pupils.
Catholic school, St Joseph's aims to develop within pupils a belief
that Christ should be central to their lives and consequently all that
they undertake day to day at school.
Aims of the School
2. To provide a caring Christian atmosphere which will help the children to develop spiritually, morally, academically and socially.
3. To give all pupils a sense of self-worth. No pupil should feel a failure in any way. Indeed, Christ's mission was to heal and reconcile.
4. To encourage pupils to respect those around them, based on the example of Christ and a caring staff.
5. To pass on the Catholic faith to pupils, giving them a sound knowledge in the process and promoting Christ as a loving person.
6. To encourage pupils to develop a love and understanding of prayer and the sacraments.
7. To ensure that the total curriculum stimulates religious growth and development, along with academic and social progress.
8. True education is concerned with the whole person. There must therefore be opportunities for the 'whole person' to develop at St Joseph's in whatever area, e.g. creative, social and emotional. Education is not simply a didactic process.
9. To encourage each child to grow in confidence, self-awareness and sensitivity to the needs of others.
10. To work in partnership with parents, developing a sense of trust and co-operation for the good of all.
11. To widen pupils' social awareness and involvement within the school, parish and local community, nurturing their understanding of the wider world with its various races and creeds.
12. To ensure that home, parish and school together provide for the building up of God's Kingdom on the foundations of the Gospel values of love, peace and justice.
13. To nurture a family type atmosphere where children feel trusted, secure, loved and respected. Through self-discipline, pupils can reflect these values within themselves.
14. To provide a dynamic, industrious, progressive environment within which the National Curriculum can be addressed in a relevant, individualised manner.
15. To give pupils the opportunity to develop an aesthetic awareness of the world around them, through pride in themselves, their work, school and community.
16. To provide equal opportunities for the growth and development of individual children, taking into account their intellectual capacity, their social and environmental background. This philosophy must also apply to those children with learning difficulties or special needs. A child-centred approach is essential to each special problem. Consequently, a pupil's sense of being different should be minimised.
17. The management and governors of St Joseph’s are fully committed to appropriate training and development for all staff to enhance the quality of education at the school.