St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School News

GOVERNOR VACANCIES at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Bishop’s Stortford

We have two Foundation Governor spaces preferably for those who do not have children at the school and would be available to join committees that meet during the school day that need filling as well as two co-opted spaces from September 2019. The Board is made up of 9 Catholic Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese; 2 Parent elected Governors; 2 staff members including our Headteacher; 1 Local Authority appointed Governor; and 2 Governors that we co-opt for their required skills.

If you have some skills that you think could help our Governing Body and have the time to commit then please contact me to discuss. You do not need to be a Catholic to be a Co-opted Governor but you would need to agree to support the ethos of our school and our school motto, “To Live, Love and Learn in a caring Christian Community.”
Our Governing Body is hard working and everyone has to attend the Full Meetings held on Monday evenings between 7.30 and 9.30pm every half term (6 per year). If you join the Finance and Premises Committee then they also meet every half term on a different Monday evening. We have several other Committees that meet during the school day which you might join if you are available. Every Governor appointment is for a period of four years but most of our Governors remain for more than one period of appointment.

There is a great deal of reading and documents are shared via the secure website called GovernorHub. You will be given a school e-mail address to use for any school related e-mails. Please look at the Governor section of the school website for more details. Every Governor has to have a clear Enhanced DBS check (formerly known as CRB) that we will undertake and every Governor has to sign up to our Code of Conduct. The Code deals with how we must all behave and, importantly, confidentiality is crucial on many occasions.

Governors have a strategic role in the school: we are here to ensure clarity of vision and ethos; hold the Headteacher to account for educational and staff performance; oversee financial performance; and safeguarding. We are not here to get involved with the day to day running of the school.

Training is provided and is necessary. We are part of a local network of schools to be able receive training in the evening locally and you will be able to access certified on-line training from the NGA.

As you may be aware, we have the great opportunity of having a new school built within the next 2 year period. If you have skills relating to building, finance, data protection or law in particular then we would encourage you to put yourself forward.

If you are interested and would like to discuss the matter further then you can e-mail

Suzanne Fitzgerald, Chair of Governors



Dear Parish,

I am writing to let you know the outcome of our recent Inspection from the Diocese of Westminster. The Inspectors found that Classroom religious education is OUTSTANDING and Catholic life of the school is OUTSTANDING. This is the best possible result. I attach a copy for you to read and this will be put on the website.I would like to thank the parents for filling in the questionnaire so quickly. The Inspectors were delighted to receive 188 in such a short time. They comment that, “Parents are overwhelmingly positive in their praise of the school.

”The Report includes many lovely comments about the children and the school including:Pupils demonstrate exemplary behaviour and excellent attitudes to learning.Religious education is at the core of this vibrant Catholic school.The school offers rich opportunities for pupils to develop and celebrate their gifts and talents.The students’ perseverance and commitment together with high levels of respect are major factors in them making excellent progress.A clear strength is the warm working relationships within the whole school community allowing pupils to grow and flourish in a secure caring environment.I would like to thank all of the staff for their hard work and for caring for the children.

The Inspectors comment that, “The dynamic head teacher and his team are passionate in their leadership and ambition for the school,” and that teachers, “…plan and deliver lessons which are inspiring, engaging and creative. They create a positive environment in which all can learn.” We are blessed to have such committed and talented staff at our school and we are grateful that Fr. Carlos devotes so much time and pastoral care.

Thank you for your support of the school.

Suzanne Fitzgerald

Chair of Governors

2019 Feb – Inspection Report



The application process for children starting Nursery in September 2019 (born between 01/09/2015 and 31/08/2016) opens on Monday 4th February 2019 and closes on Friday 15th March 2019. Application forms will be available on 4th February from the school office or can be downloaded from A copy of your child’s baptismal certificate and a Certificate of Catholic practice should accompany your application. All applications must be returned to the school office at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

Places will be offered on Monday 1st April.


Applicants for St Joseph’s School for NURSERY places in 2019 should collect a white ‘embossed’ application form for a certificate from No 3 Windhill, the Sacristy or the Parish Office in person. Once completed it should then be posted through the letter box of No 3 Windhill marked for Fr Peter’s attention with a stamped addressed envelope please. The Certificate will then be posted to you. The School deadline is 15/3/2019.

Please apply in plenty of time to allow the certificate to be processed.


“St Joseph’s School would like to inform prospective applicants that the number of places available in Reception for 2018-19 has increased from 45 to 60.”

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Public consultation on draft Admission Policy 2019-2020-This policy sets out the arrangements for applying for a place in the School. St Joseph’s has made some minor changes to its admissions policy for September 2019 and wishes to consult parishioners about the revised policy.

Admission Policy 2019 20 Consultation    Draft SIF 2019-20 for LA

The main change is to include Catholic children from Gilston and Eastwick parishes in the list of those who will be given priority if places are oversubscribed. This is because the local authority has pointed out that St Joseph’s is the nearest Catholic Primary School for them in Hertfordshire They will be ranked after children of the Catholic Parish of Bishop ‘s Stortford.

Copies of the admission policy are available both on the School and the Parish websites. Comments should be sent to : by 6th November 2017.

We thank you in advance for your views. Whilst we will not be replying individually to contributors, all comments will be considered by the Board of Governors, along with the views of the Local Authority and Diocese of Westminster as part of our consultation.



The Governing Body of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School are looking for an enthusiastic and caring SEN Teaching Assistant to work with individual pupils with additional needs on a part-time basis from April 2019, term time only.

For more information about the post, please contact the school office on 01279 652576 or visit