Our philosophy is simple - to embrace and provide for a high quality inclusive education for all children.


 We respect the individual needs of all our children and believe that with the right guidance and direction, everyone can succeed. Our educational approach empowers our children to question conventional thinking and to pursue their academic understanding with dedication and originality.


Our core values

In order to achieve this ethos within our school and the wider community that we serve, there are a number of values and principles which guide our actions in school.

First and foremost are the values that are at the heart of the Gospels:

  • Love and solidarity

  • Faithfulness and Integrity

  • Dignity and Compassion

  • Humility and Gentleness

  • Truth and Justice

  • Forgiveness and Mercy

  • Purity and Holiness

  • Tolerance and Peace

  • Service and Sacrifice

of these our five key values are: 

  • Unity;

  • Respect;

  • Joy;

  • Love;

  • Courage.



At St Joseph’s we think that unity means working well together to make a strong, happy team. We show unity by gathering together regularly throughout the week in class, the playground and around the school.


At St Joseph's we respect each other in many different ways such as helping each other and compromising with each other. If we respect others, we receive respect.


At St Joseph’s we always try to have fun and be joyous – we have fun, we smile and we enjoy coming to school to see our friends and learn new things. Joy comes from many things, including courage because when we find something hard and then succeed we can find joy. When you give joy, you receive joy – this helps us to spread it around school.


At St Joseph’s we think love means sharing and caring for others. We follow the example Jesus taught us by loving our neighbours. We believe that love is something that we can all be proud of, is very strong and never lets you down. If we love others, we receive love.


At St Joseph’s we try to be courageous in all that we do, following the example of Jesus. We always try to have courage, whether this is in trying something again, carrying on when we are hurt or trying something new. We believe that courage isn’t just climbing cliffs or diving into an ocean, but persevering and trying something, even if you don’t think you can do it.


We deliver these in line with the British Values which underpin all we do.