St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School News

ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY ADMISSIONS 2019/2020
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 www.stjosephs207.herts.sch.uk. 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.

CERTIFICATE OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE

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.

 

Food Bank Donations

The children and families of St Joseph’s school donated 35 boxes and 10 bags of food to the food bank this year. This action was inspired by one of our pupils – Luke, in Year 5 (pictured with the Chaplaincy Team) – when he said, “It would be really nice if, on the day that we have our Christmas dinner, we do something nice for the people who are not as lucky as us.” This thought for others, based on the teachings of Jesus, is central to the ethos of our school. The food bank were very grateful for the quantity and quality of the donations.

 

NEWS FROM GOVERNORS
St. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
I am pleased to report that following our requests for two Catholic applicants to join our Board in September 2018 that we now have two suitable candidates who have applied to the Diocese to join us as Foundation Governors. We also have a newly elected Parent Governor, Suzie Carpenter, following a contest between four parents. This gives us a full Board again.
The Governing Body is made up of 16 members. 9 are appointed by the Archbishop of the Diocese of Westminster to represent the Catholic Church; 2 represent the parents; 2 represent the school staff; 2 are co-opted by the Governing Body for specific skill requirements; and 1 is appointed by the Local Authority. Each Governor is appointed for a 4 year term but most complete more than one term. We are fortunate to have so many volunteers with a variety of extensive skills. Many schools struggle to fill Governor vacancies but we do not due to the support from our community.
Details of all the current Governors can be found on the school website with more information about what we do.

NEW SCHOOL BUILDING
The aim is to get planning consent by the end of 2018 and for building work to start in February 2019. The new, bigger school should be fully up and running from February 2020. After this the current school will be demolished and the landscaping will be carried out. The Governors have had many lengthy meetings with the developers, Department for Education, Diocese, Local Authority, architects, IT specialists etc. over the past year to agree the plans.
We thank those of you that attended the public presentation of the plans at the school on Monday, 23rd July. The feedback was positive with the only negative comments about the parking outside the school which is something that we have little control over.
Herts County Council have been supportive; they are funding the school expansion and they are also paying for the two reception classes which were not part of our PSBP2 funding approval. They have also now agreed that they will provide the extra classroom that will be needed for the increased numbers in Year 1 between September 2019 and the completion of the new school in February 2020.
A nursery classroom was also not funded by our PSBP2 funding bid and the school will be accepting a loan from the Diocese to pay for this to be included in the new building. We have to pay this back over a 5 year period which is going to be difficult financially but we consider that this is necessary and achievable.
We are going to need to do some serious fundraising over the next couple of years as there is a great deal of equipment that we will have to provide ourselves for the new school building.

Thank you very much for your continuing support.
Suzanne Fitzgerald
Chair of Governors

 

 

Reception Application Process 

The application process for primary school places for Reception 2019/2020 opens on Monday 5th November to Tuesday 15th January 2019. Please see our website for further details and copy of our school admission’s policy. Also on our website are details of school visits for prospective parents- www.stjosephs207.herts.sch.uk. Places for these need to be booked via the school office please on 01279 652576.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Update

In relation to the NEW SCHOOL BUILDING, there has been a delay unfortunately. The aim is now to get planning consent by December 2018 and that building work will start in February 2019. The new, bigger school should be fully up and running from February 2020. After this the old school will be demolished and the landscaping will be carried out.
We have had 6 weeks of lengthy meetings about the design of the new building and there is to be a public presentation of the plans at the school on Monday, 23rd July from 3.30pm to 7pm.
Herts County Council have been extremely supportive, they are not only funding the school expansion, but they are also paying for the two reception classes which were not part of our initial PSBP2 funding approval.
The nursery class was also not funded and the school will be accepting a loan from the Diocese to pay for this to be included in the new building. We have to pay this loan back over a 5 year period which is going to be difficult financially but we consider that this is necessary and achievable.
We will try to keep you updated as matter progress.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Suzanne Fitzgerald
Chair of Governors

 

 

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR VACANCY

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

From September 2018 we have a Foundation Governor space on our Board that needs filling. 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. Every Governor appointment is for a period of four years but most of our Governors remain for more than one period of appointment.

Our Governing Body is hard working and everyone must 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 other Committees that meet during the school day. There is a great deal of reading and documents are shared via the secure school e-mail system. Please look at the Governor section of the school website for more details.

Every Governor must have a clear Enhanced DBS check (formerly known as CRB) that we will undertake and every Governor must 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.

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 law, 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 governors@stjosephs207.herts.sch.uk and I can arrange to call you at a convenient time.

Suzanne Fitzgerald, Chair of Governors

 

Pupils have launched an appeal for donations of food for the Bishop’s Stortford Foodbank.

  

 

 

 

NEWS FROM GOVERNORS at St. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL
Our results for our Year 6 school leavers in July 2017 were ‘outstanding’ as they have been since our last Ofsted Inspection in 2008. We are blessed to have had such a hard working staff led by an inspiring Head teacher throughout this time. The percentage of children who met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths was 98% which put our results 2nd in all Hertfordshire Primary School.
There are close to 500 Primary Schools in Hertfordshire and we would like to tell you that the funding that St. Joseph’s Primary receives per pupil is very close to the lowest amount per pupil for the County. I hope that you will therefore appreciate, even further, the outstanding results that the School achieves with very little money. The funding per pupil is calculated by the local authority based on our parent’s socio-economic situation and our low number of free school meals. This analysis may be correct but it does not mean that the school receives money from the parents to pay to run the school and so the reasoning is hard to understand.
On the new school building front, we had a Bidders Day on 15th January 2018 but at the time of writing this we have not received a response. The aim was to get planning consent by April 2018 and that building work would start in May 2018. It seems now that realistically the building works are not going to start before August 2018 at the earliest. The new school should be fully up and running from September 2019. This is still our goal but obviously we are concerned about that.
Herts County Council have been extremely supportive, they are not only funding the school expansion, but they are also paying for the two reception classes which were not part of our initial PSBP2 funding approval.
We do not have any more details now but we will try to keep you updated.
Thank you for your continuing support.

Suzanne Fitzgerald
Chair of Governors

 

http://www.stjosephs207.herts.sch.uk/

The St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School nursery class application process for admissions for September 2018 is now open for children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015. Application forms can be obtained from the school office or the website www.stjosephs207.herts.sch.uk

Completed application forms must be received in the school office by Friday, 16th March 2018

 

“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 : policy1920@stjosephs207.herts.sch.uk 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.