St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
St Joseph’s is a voluntary aided Catholic school in the Diocese of Portsmouth. The school’s direction stems from its Mission Statement :
‘to provide a Catholic Christian education based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, in which the values of the Gospel underpin all aspects of school life; to provide an environment in which the dignity of each person as a child of God is recognised and developed; and to promote the full potential of each child through a curriculum which develops spiritual, academic, social and emotional growth’.
Our children relate to this Mission Statement through the words:
We are all God’s children and will try to live, love, work and serve as Jesus taught us.
St Joseph’s is a school for children from four to eleven years of age. The school is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. The Diocesan Schools’ Commission is administered from:
Park Place Pastoral Centre
Hants PO17 5HA
St. Joseph’s is a Voluntary Aided school, which means that it is a maintained school with educational funding based on the Local Authority formula for all schools. However, the governors are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the buildings and are expected to provide 10% of the costs.
The school’s mother parish is that of The Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Purewell. (01202 483340). Our parish priest is active in the spiritual life of the school and there are regular celebrations of Mass and non-Eucharistic liturgies in school. The school also serves the parishes of Highcliffe and New Milton.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is based in the parishes. The programmes are designed to help parents with this important aspect of their child’s faith formation. Parents need to apply to their parish priest for their child to join the Eucharistic programme.