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  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
    Davey Drive
    East Sussex
    BN1 7BF
  • Head: Miss Fran Morrison
  • T 01273 556607
  • F 01273 504 007
  • E [email protected]…
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Brighton and Hove
  • Pupils: 139
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 2nd November 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 7th 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 9th 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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What the parents say...

My son has just completed his reception year at At Joseph's and now that we are in the Summer holidays he tells me that he misses school. What I as a parent love about the school are the small class sizes and the family feeling. Everybody seems to know everybody and the older children look out for the little ones. The headmistress is very involved and the teachers go above and beyond for the children. When we initially visited the school we were a little apprehensive as we are not Catholic but we were blown away by the nurturing feeling of this school and we have not regretted it one bit. Though a religious school in principle families of all or no faiths are very much welcomed and included in school life. Another quirk of this school is that our son has been attending a mixed level class with children from his year and the year above, reminiscent of a village school environment. This has given him the opportunity to join in at a much higher level when he has felt like it. The advantage for the older children has been a much more playful learning environment and a lot of emphasis on social skills and interaction, something this school with its small class sizes really excels in. To be frank, you won't find many schools in Brighton where your child learns phonics in a group of 13 children! I really look forward to seeing my son progress through this school and since this is a full primary I look forward to both my children attending for a few years together. As the headmistress so aptly says, if you choose this school you will not regret it. Visit, and you will see what I mean.

Commented on 1st Aug 2018

My niece attends this school and has only good things to say about it. She moved from out of area and says that she has been made very welcome by her peers. She loves the small classes and says that everyone is very friendly.

Commented on 5th Jun 2018

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