"St Joseph's is a rapidly improving school because the head teacher has created a culture where only the best is good enough.
She has a passion and commitment which are shared by all members of the school community, including governors; she has the full support of the pupils, parents and staff." Ofsted 2014
"Achievement is improving rapidly. Pupils, including the more able, make good and sometimes oustanding progress.
More able pupils do well and a higher than average percentage of pupils reaches the higher levels in the National end of KS2 tests.
The achievement of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is a strength of the school." Ofsted 2014
"The school excites children with the prospect of
learning. It gives the children a fantastic foundation for life in all areas."
"Pupils have outstanding attitudes to learning"
"Throughout the school community there is a strong sense of
family, everyone is valued and known and no one is left to feel isolated.
Children’s behaviour is excellent and they treat each other with respect."
"Teaching is good and much is outstanding. However, the school is not complacent and leaders and teachers are all keen to make sure that teaching continues to improve.
Expectations are always high and the quality and quantity of the work pupils produce are excellent."
"The behaviour of the pupils is outstanding.
They are consistently polite and respectful to each other and to all adults."
“The teachers all very approachable. The school
provides a lot of interaction with parents and has open days to view the children’s
work which is fantastic!” Parent
“Mrs D’Arcy has made great changes to the school and
provides great energy and enthusiasm. I would highly recommend this school to
"Pupils play well together at playtime, irrespective of age. Pupils in Year 5 have been trained as play leaders so that they can help the children in Reception to learn new games."
“The Head teacher is passionately committed both to the
vision of Catholic Education and to improving standards for pupils. Pupils and
parents value the school and feel welcomed within the community.”
Clifton Diocese, 2012
“Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is expectional. The Fairtrade tuck shop and the walk that pupils organised in support of CAFOD are examples of how they are taking responsibility for helping others. There is a wide variety of clubs and many pupils learn musical instruments."
"All parents who responded on Parent View would recommend the school. Pupils are clear that the school is getting better and this is due to the changes the headteacher is making.