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  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
    Davey Drive
    East Sussex
    BN1 7BF
  • Head: Mrs Gillian Foan
  • T 01273 556607
  • F 01273 504 007
  • E [email protected]…
  • W…
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Brighton and Hove
  • Pupils: 150
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 13th December 2022
    • 2 Full inspection 6th February 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Satisfactory on 8th March 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

At St Joseph’s we pursue academic excellence while ensuring that our pupils have every opportunity to develop and achieve through a broad and balanced curriculum.

Visitors frequently comment on the calm, welcoming atmosphere. Behaviour is excellent. We have an enviable adult to child ratio so our children feel safe and listened to; no child is left behind in their learning. We know our children well and can offer a personalised programme so that there is no limit to what they can achieve. Our spacious classrooms mean children have lots of room to grow and explore.

Our key words are resilience, perseverance and determination; pupils say that they are challenged. In 2017, our KS2 results were better than ever, with 76% of pupils reaching expected the standard in reading, writing and maths combined, well above the national average of 61%.

“Strong relationships throughout the school ensure that pupils feel secure and valued. Pupils feel comfortable talking to their teachers and do so confidently. This contributes well to their well-being and to their safety. Pupils feel very safe in school and say that they are getting on well with their learning”. Ofsted November 2017
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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Our vision for children at St Joseph's with special educational needs and/or disabilities, is the same as for all children - that they achieve well in their early years and throughout school. In order to do this we aim to remove any barriers to learning through effective child-centered provision. St Joseph's is a smaller than average, one form entry, Catholic primary school in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. The school serves the parish of St Joseph's and St John the Baptist. Most families live in the local area but some travel from across the city. We have close links with the parish and our local community. We pride ourselves on our inclusive approach and celebrate the diversity of our pupils. As well as providing excellent pastoral care, in a loving and nurturing environment, we plan for a curriculum that is fun, creative and stimulating. Pupils make good progress during their time at St Joseph's. Teachers work hard to ensure that lessons interest and engage learners. They make sure that work is matched well to pupils needs; providing a good level of support for pupils who struggle with learning, including disabled pupils and those with additional needs. Pupils behave well and have positive attitudes to learning.

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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