Ethos Statement

Our school values its historic traditions and will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church and the mission of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and St. Joseph’s Parish.

St Joseph’s School will serve it’s community by providing the best possible education within the context of a Christ centred community. It encourages and promotes an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and gospel values through the experiences it offers all its pupils. St Joseph was a man of faith; we aim to follow his example always and strive for excellence in all aspects of school life and pupil development.

Mission Statement

Here in St. Joseph’s we seek to create an environment, within the context of a living, Christian community where everyone feels valued, confident and secure.

The curriculum is designed to maximise the full potential of every child aiming for academic, spiritual and personal excellence.

Valuing partnerships, we foster strong links with parents, parish and the wider community to develop citizenship and enhance learning experiences.

School Aims

We aim to provide a safe, happy, stimulating well-ordered community in which the children can learn and be valued as individuals. To achieve this, the school will help pupils:


  • To secure the highest possible educational achievement attainable for each pupil, irrespective of race, class, gender, religion culture or physical ability
  • To nurture in each child a knowledge and love of the Catholic faith
  • To develop lively enquiring minds, with the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
  • To become self-disciplined, independent learners
  • To use language and numbers effectively.
  • To provide a challenging, rich and balanced curriculum, including experiences beyond the school, which is well planned and effective in meeting the needs of all our children
  • To understand the world in which they live and their role in it, and to give them confidence to proceed to the next stage of their development

To develop appropriate relationships with other children and adults, working together in a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect