Celebrating World Book Day 2019

A wonderful array of book characters turned up at our school this morning from Thorin Oakenshield (The Hobbit) to The Tin Man (The Wizard of Oz) with many other wonderful designs in between. We had a lot of Harry Potters and Hermione Grangers and even Fawkes,...

Viking Workshop for Y4.

Year 4 returned to Palace Green Library in Durham to take part in a Viking workshop.  During the morning sessions, the children explored Viking history by handling and evaluating various Viking artefacts, including some fearsome looking swords and axes. The class then...

Y5 Lenten Liturgy and CAFOD Fundraiser

Year 5 led the first of our Lenten Friday Liturgies this week focusing on a reading from the Gospel of Matthew 9:14-15. Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them,...


Dear Parents and carers,   Many thanks for your attendance at the Family Mass on Sunday 24th February on the theme OFFERTORY – THE GIFTS WE OFFER when our children carried the Offertory Gifts of our parish family and proudly presented them to the priest.  ...

Cafod’s Lenten Campaign 2019

This week our Mini Vinnies launched this years CAFOD campaign, which together with St Cuthbert's Care, is the main focus of our Lenten 'Fundraising Fridays'. The Mini Vinnies planned and presented an assembly which introduced the Give it up challenge – during Lent, we...

Spring Clean by our Eco and Mini Vinnie Groups

Our School Eco Group, working together with our Mini Vinnies, have been busy again this week. First of all taking part in a bit of a 'Spring Clean' by litter picking in and around the school grounds.Then the next thing they tackled, with the help of our caretaker Mr...

Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight.

Every Friday in school we hold a Fairtrade Tuck Shop but we also think it is important to remind everyone why we do this. Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight gives us a chance to explain again why it is important to support the farmers who grow crops such as bananas and...

Our Ash Wednesday Mass

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, the whole school, together with St Joseph's Infant School, walked to church for a Parish Mass led by Father Paul Hopper. It was a lovely way to begin the start of Lent and as we all walked back to...


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 2019)

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.


It’s All Greek to Me!

In History and DT lessons this half-term, Year 6 have been learning about Ancient Greece and because they enjoyed the topic so much, Mrs Davies took them to the Great North Museum where they took part in a Greek Fighting Forces workshop. As well as finding out about...

Fundraising Easter Activities

At the end of Spring term, our School Council came up with a number of Easter themed games and activities to help raise money for St Cuthbert's Care, a charity which works throughout the North East to help improve the lives of some of the most vunerable members of our...

Our First Football Trophy of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS to our school football team who last week won their first trophy of the season to become the Small Schools League winners, (beating St Benet's, Ouston in the final). Well done to our squad: Michael, Joshua, Ethan J, Jordan, Billy, Ethan W, Harrison,...

Attendance Policy

This school policy can be downloaded below. Attendance Policy April 15 (PDF)

Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’

Yet again we saw a wonderful and very creative array of decorated eggs in our annual Paste Egg Competition (see photos below). Designs ranged from super heroes to super stars, Mr Men and fairy tale princesses and even Mr Cameron and Mr Milliband! Winners received an...

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