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About St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

 

The patron of our School and of the Catholic parish of Newbury is St Joseph, husband of Our Lady and the foster-father of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our school motto is “Ora et Labora”, or “Pray and Work”. Our motto emphasizes the foundation of faith on which all work in our school is built.

We aim to provide a complete Catholic education to our pupils, encouraging integral human development of body, mind and spirit through worship, work and play.

With this aim in mind, our mission statement is to educate our children by following in Jesus’s footsteps, recognising the Holy Spirit in ourselves and each other, and nurturing our God-given gifts.

We are a voluntary-aided mixed Roman Catholic primary school located in Newbury, West Berkshire, within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth and the West Berkshire Local Authority.

We are a single-form school for children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 (ages 4 to 11). Each of our seven classes consists of approximately 30 pupils, and we typically have around 200 pupils at St Joseph’s at any time.

St Joseph’s is located in well-appointed single storey buildings on Newport Road, to the north-east of Newbury town centre, and 5 minutes’ walk from St Joseph’s Church, where the children attend Mass regularly throughout the year.

Our parish priest and school chaplain is Father Padraig Faughnan of St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Newbury. We also regularly welcome priests from the neighbouring Catholic parish of St Francis de Sales, Wash Common.

Our Headteacher is Mrs Nicola McVeigh.

Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Sinead Hall.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website. If you are considering St Joseph’s for your child please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or the chance to look around.

“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints”. Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Pupils, “The Big Assembly”, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, Friday 17 September 2010.