Prospective Parents

Choosing your child’s school is a very important decision, one that takes into account their individual needs and personalities. I can assure you as both a Headteacher and a mother, that St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School has so much to offer both you and your child. As a small village school, in picturesque surroundings, we pride ourselves on being part of the local parish community and value the close ‘family’ atmosphere that we achieve, something that is quite unique to our school.

The school has been through a period of change and is now in a position to embed all of the ‘good and outstanding’ practice that was seen during our last Ofsted inspection in March 2014. The school is focused on ensuring each child is ‘the best they can be.’ As a team of staff, we will not compromise on this. In March 2014 Ofsted stated that ’St Joseph’s is a rapidly improving school because the headteacher has created a culture where only the best is good enough.’

The headteacher has focussed relentlessly and successfully on raising pupil achievement by improving the quality of teaching.’ We are particularly proud of our continuous excellent SATs results which further illustrates Ofsted’s recognition that “pupils are beginning to make accelerated progress” and “attainment by the end of KS2 is on a rising trend”.   The behaviour of our pupils is outstanding.  ‘They are consistently polite and respectful to each other and to all adults.’ (Ofsted 2014) We have a truly dedicated and committed team of staff here at St Joseph’s who are supported well by our governors – I am very proud to be Headteacher here.

Performance Tables

To see our performance tables, please click on the link below:

KS2 SATS results 2017

Contextual background

There were 26 children in total in Y6 cohort here at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary school. Of those 26, 2 were on the SEND register and 4 children were classed as disadvantaged and 3 were classed as Ever 6 FSM.

National and Local Information

Attainment and Progress

As a headline figure, 61% of all children nationally, achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.  Nationally, 9% of pupils achieved a high standard in all three subjects. Attainment is based on the children achieving a scaled score which is calculated from the raw score of the test. A scaled score of 100 represents the expected standard on the test.

Progress is measured based on prior attainment at Key Stage 1. To meet progress measure the school should achieve sufficient progress scores in all three subjects. At least -5 in English reading, -5 in mathematics and -7 in English writing.

St Joseph’s Data

In total, 85% of the children reached the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined with 8% achieving a high standard. It is clear to see that we are still well above the national figure.

Scale Scores

A pupil’s scaled score is based on their raw score form the test. The raw score is the total number of marks a pupil scores in a test, based on the number of questions they answered correctly. The raw scores were converted to a scaled score. A scaled score of 100 represents the expected standard on the test. Children scoring 100 or more will have met the expected standard on the test.

St Joseph’s National
Reading 107.5 104.1
Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling 110 105
Maths 105.8 104.2


St Joseph’s Progress
Reading 4.34
Maths 2.20
Writing 1.32

Progress measure for St Joseph’s

As you can see from the table above, progress measures are well above the expected progress, which places us in the top 20% of schools nationally overall

What do our parents say about St. Joseph’s?

In a recent survey with an overwhelming response from over 80% of our parents:-

•             100% stated they feel that their child is well looked after.

•             100% stated they feel that behaviour is good.

•             98% stated they feel that their child is making good progress.

•             98% stated they feel that the school responds well to concerns.

Other great things we offer!

One of our unique facilities here at St Joseph’s, which is of particular interest to working parents, is our wrap around care provision, from 7.45am to 6pm, through our very popular Out Of School Club. There are more details of this on the Out Of School Club page.

We also offer a wide range of extracurricular clubs, from cookery to cross country and netball to drama which are all run free of charge by our dedicated staff.


Our Parish

We pride ourselves in being a Catholic Primary School and warmly welcome children and families from all denominations as we believe our foundations for our Catholic School instil a sense of moral values where each child is treated with care and respect as an individual. We are fortunate enough to take classes to Mass at the Convent Chapel and the whole school to our beautiful church- St Joseph’s.


Get involved!

We have an ‘open door’ policy at St. Joseph’s and strive hard to work in partnership with parents. We currently run a termly parent forum, which involves any parents sharing their views of the school and identifying how we can move things forward. We provide many opportunities for parents to come into school and be part of school life through open mornings, celebration assemblies and fortnightly newsletters.


Our PTA work extremely hard to fund raise for our school and support us in many ways including contributions towards school trips, resources for school and many more, having great fun in the process! As a parent, you would automatically become a member of the PTA, so please feel free to get as involved as you wish to. Why not take a look at the PTA page to find out more?


Why not come and see for yourself?

You are welcome to visit our school at a time that is most convenient for you by contacting the school admin team, who can organise for you to come and see our beautiful setting and our wonderful children.  Telephone:01453 860311


Wendy D’Arcy