Our Lady and St Joseph’s School is in the Parish of St. Joseph within the Diocese of Hallam. The school serves the parish and the wider community and we welcome children of all faiths and of none, whose families choose a Christian education. Our Lady and St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (OLASJ) is rooted in its community, serving successive generations of families, with a large, diverse urban catchment. There is a strong caring ethos that runs throughout the school whole community. This is clearly reflected in how all members of staff feel responsible for the pastoral care of pupils, contributing to the very good behaviour of all our children. The staff and governors are deeply committed to the school and demonstrate a shared determination to build an outstanding school. Our children are hard working and thoughtful members of the community, excited to learn.
As a Voluntary Aided Catholic School, Religious Education, prayer and liturgy and the Catholic life of the school are integral to all we do. Our school has strong links with the parish and Our Parish Priest, Fr Patrick, makes regular visits to celebrate Mass and spend time with classes. We believe that strong links between home, school and parish are vital in providing a firm foundation for our children.
We promote our Gospel values of hope, respect, forgiveness, justice, stewardship, honesty and love through word and deed. We provide a Catholic Religious Education programme which is broad and balanced and recognises that every pupil is unique and created in the image of God. The RE curriculum includes teaching about other faiths and is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and be well equipped to follow it as citizens in the service of the world.
We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected, as together we search faithfully for excellence. Our school supports a number of charities including Mission Together, CAFOD, Rotherham Hospice and our local foodbank. Children pray for others as well as themselves and our work in school develops children’s awareness of the needs of others. In these ways we seek to live out the values of Jesus Christ.