At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School empowered by the example of Christ, we strive to promote the education and development of our children in an atmosphere of love and mutual respect, and by so doing: Encourage each person to see themselves as a valued member of a wider community who can act independently and make a positive contribution for the good of all. Foster a sense of awe and wonder in God and in creation by giving opportunities to take a full conscious and active part in Christian celebration. Create self-discipline through an awareness of the consequences of our actions, so as to nurture positive behaviour, secure in the knowledge of forgiveness. Provide each child with access to all areas of the curriculum and supporting them to fulfill their individual level of achievement and acquire a thirst for knowledge. Impart a joy and value to the treasured gift of learning. The school opened in 1878 with 12 children in the centre of Guildford, we moved to Rydes Hill in 1960. We have benefited from two significant building programmes, which have left the school with enviable facilities
• Spacious classrooms (Each infant classroom has an outdoor covered area);
• Many small teaching rooms; an inclusion suite of rooms;
• A class sized library; a resources room;
• A large staffroom with separate PPA room;
• Three halls; a playing field and artificial pitch;
• A purpose built attached nursery;
• An Oratory for children’s, staff and parent prayer and reflection;
• Deputy Headteacher’s Office;
• All classrooms have Interactive Projectors or Whiteboards.
The Mission of the school is understood and supported by all staff. The parents are active and supportive and contribute to the ethos of the school. 'St Joseph's cares about the development not just of the mind, but also the heart and the soul'. Quoted to OFSTED We have nearly 24 teachers, our classteachers are supported by a non class based Inclusion Team including Inclusion Manager, Deputy and School Counsellor. The Deputy Headteacher is also not class based. A well trained team of Teacher Assistants and Nursery Nurses support our teachers. The Senior Management Team is made up of Head, Deputy, Assistant Head, Phase Leaders and Year leaders. A School Business Manager leads a strong team of secretarial and admin staff. We employ two Sports Coaches to support PPA. Our caretakers complete our staffing. The majority of the staff are Practising Christians. The staff are supported by our School Counsellor and School Chaplain who provide pastoral and spiritual support for the children and community. The children are very well motivated and ready to learn. There is a positive ethos; OFSTED in 1997 described our children as charming- confident and polite in their dealings with adults. Our most recent OFSTED judged behaviour to be outstanding. The school runs a number of after school clubs, which the children and parents support enthusiastically.