I am very pleased to welcome you to the website of St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. We are a thriving and successful school, with a long history, situated on a unique site in Hendon in the Diocese of Westminster. As executive headteacher, I am firmly committed to providing direction to ensure that we achieve a high quality of teaching and high standards of learning for our pupils. I wish to maintain and develop further the current strengths and positive elements of St Joseph’s School whilst also continuing our journey to be an outstanding school. Entrusted with this privilege and responsibility, I will be working with governors and staff to promote the gospel values and ensure the happiness and well-being of the children in our care.
As a Catholic school, our overall goal is to fulfil the Church’s mission in education by ensuring we provide the highest level of academic achievement in a moral and spiritual framework. So, at St Joseph’s, we aim to have a school where;
- Parents can trust that their children are being academically challenged in a caring environment
- Children are enthusiastic and independent learners motivated by the rich and varied curriculum
- Each individual is developed to take their place as active and productive member of the Catholic community and within the wider world
To accomplish these aims, we strive to follow the guidance of St Joseph himself whose hard work, love and care made him the perfect step-father and teacher for our Lord Jesus Christ. This motivates everyone at the school to be the best that we can be and this is reflected in our vision statement;
“At St Joseph’s we strive for excellence in the development of the whole child and for a community in which everyone’s well-being is valued – academically, spiritually, emotionally, morally. We aim to make a better world by ensuring our children gain the skills they need to be successful at secondary school and to lead a fulfilled life.”
Underpinning everything we do are our values – the core principles which drive our behaviours at all times. It is our strong belief that pupils who are aspirational, respectful, resilient, creative, community members will be successful in anything they choose to do. Not only will you see our values prominently displayed throughout our school, but you will notice how the values shine through in the behaviour of our pupils. We also ensure our pupils understand the wider ‘British values’ – these are democracy, the rule of law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. These British values link very closely to our school values and they are promoted through all elements of the school curriculum, systems and processes.
Dr James Lane
Interim Executive Headteacher