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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Athletics Championships at the Riverside 2014

On the evening of Wednesday 25th June, our Athletics Team took part in the annual Chester-Le-Street District Athletics Championships at Chester-Le-Street Riverside. The championships are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, before the...

Year 3 visit Durham Cathedral

As part of their topic on the Northern Saints, our Year 3 class recently visited Durham Cathedral to find out more about these holy men and women. The children learn about the lives of five saints: St Hilda, St Oswald, St Cuthbert,  St Bede and St Aidan. "I was...

Water, Water Everywhere!

As part of their Geography studies and Outdoor Learning programme, our Y5 class recently visited Kielder Water -  a large artificial reservoir in Northumberland. During a series of workshops, the children learnt that a reservoir is a large natural or man-made lake...

A Winning Design by Kate

A few weeks ago, some of the members of the Birtley Heritage Group visited our school to work with our Year 4 Class to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The children helped to make poppies and also learnt about Elizabethville, a self-contained village...

Resurrection Rock!

Easter celebrations continued at St Joseph's after the holidays.  as Year 3 and 4 presented their version of the Easter Story and Resurrection with a wonderful musical performance in Church for parents and parishioners.  "It was wonderful!" said Deacon Peter, "a...

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