Our School Council 2018-19

Elections took place recently to appoint the members of our school council for the coming academic year. All of the candidates were given a chance to explain to their class how they were qualified and why they would be good choice in this important and strategic role,...

Warburton’s Healthy Eating Workshops.

Last week, we welcomed staff from Warburton's into school to share their knowledge of bread making, food and healthy eating. These practical, fun and informative sessions were designed to teach our children the importance of a balanced diet, hygiene and safety, food...

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Our Y3 and Y6 Friendship Liturgy.

What a wonderful celebration we had this morning in school with a special liturgy led by Deacon Peter to welcome our new Year 3 pupils. To help them feel at home here at St Joseph's Catholic Juniors, our Year 6 children presented each child in Y3 with a special...

Goodbye, Good Luck and God Bless to our Y6 Leavers

The staff, pupils and governors of St Joseph's Catholic Junior School would like to wish all of a Y6 Leavers all the best for the future. You have been stars this year and we know you will continue to shine in your Secondary Schools. Year 3 and Year 6...

School Sports Day 2018

Well done to the whole school on a very enjoyable, traditional and sunny sports day. The children treated the many parents who turned up to a great display of athletic skills and a few laughs, especially during the obstacle race. Congratulations to all of the...

Our ‘Share the Journey Walk’ for CAFOD

Why are we walking? Every human being is a child of God, created in God’s image, and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Yet, in a global crisis, we are seeing the highest numbers of displaced people on record. Every minute, 20 people are forced to flee...

The Pied Piper of Hamelin performed by Year 6.

As part of their 'Leavers' celebrations this year, our current Year 6 treated us all to a wonderful performance of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The class chose this particular musical because they had learn the poem, by Robert Browning, in the spring term as part of our...

Our School Council visit London

On Friday 13th July, the School Councillors, along with Miss Allon, Miss Cameron and Miss Angus went on a day trip to London. The day started very early, at Durham Train Station. The children enjoyed a relaxing train journey to London, where they played card games,...

Y5 Kwik Cricket Team

Well done to our Y5 Kwik Cricket team who finished as runners up (out of 20 teams) in the recent Gateshead Schools Kwik Cricket tournament at Gateshead Fell. "The skill, team work and enthusiasm were exceptional," said Mr Shields, "I was very proud at how well the...


Welcome to St Joseph’s Catholic Junior School.

Head TeacherSt. Joseph’s Catholic Junior School is a friendly, successful and high-achieving school for pupils aged 7-11, founded in 1898. We are very proud of our many achievements and by following Christ’s teaching we intend to make all that happens within the school speak of God’s loving care for all of us.

By working together our whole school community strives to live out the aims of our mission statement:

‘Christ is our light and our life’ 

in order to ensure that we fulfil our shared school vision of providing a 21st century curriculum for 21st century learners, with the aim of inspiring our children with a love of God, a love of learning and a love of life.

Our website contains lots of information about our school, including up to date news and events listings, as well as recent examples of our work and play.

I hope you enjoy your visit to our website and find it useful.

Christina McDermottHead Teacher



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Attendance Points (Spring Term 2018)

Key: 2pts – class attendance over 96%, 4pts – highest weekly class attendance, 6pts – 100% class attendance

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Christ is our light and our life.


Shakespeare4kidz for Year 4!

This half-term the Year 4 class have been studying one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays - the play actors refuse to name for fear of being cursed with bad luck - MacBeth! After reading the book, Miss Allon thought it would be a good idea to invite a couple...

Year 3 train to be Monks!

Our Year 3 class enjoyed a wonderful and very interesting visit to Bede's World as part of their History studies. They visited the farm (and were particularly intrigued by the hairy pigs!), learned how to make flour using a mill stone, used a spindle to weave wool...

Valentine’s Day Party

 Congratulations to the School Council (and Mrs Davies) for organising a wonderful Valentine's Day Party. This sell-out celbration of friendship was a huge hit with all who attended, as you can see from the photos below! The Council organised a range of activities...

Year 3 celebrate winning the Attendance Award

As a reward for winning the Autumn term Attendnce Award, our Year 3 class decided they would like to visit the Giant's Den, indoor adventure play area. "They had a great time," said Miss Anthony, "At the end of their session they were all ready for some juice and a...

Cross Country Champions!

CONGRATULATIONS!! and well done to our Cross Country team who recently completed three gruelling courses, across three Saturday mornings, as part of the annual Chester-Le-Street Cross CountryChampionships. All of our runners showed exceptional committment,  skill and...

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