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St Joseph the Worker

Catholic Primary School



Highview Crescent, Hutton, Brentwood, Essex CM13 1BJ

Telephone and fax: 01277 227282


Headteacher: Miss Bernadette Rossiter B.Ed.(Hon)

Chairperson of Governors: Mr Goldsmith King


Status and character of the school: Catholic

Voluntary Aided Primary School admitting boys and girls (4-11 years)


Number of pupils at September 2016: 210

Number of pupils intended to admit during Academic Year: 30


Mission Statement

The mission of our school is that:

     With Jesus

          we learn,

          we care,

          we listen,

          we share

     so that He might be seen in the people

     that we are and the things that we do.



  • To see teaching and learning as a process of co-operative team work and welcome and encourage the involvement of parents and others in the community.
  • To esteem children as individuals and respect their rights, values and beliefs.
  • To foster and promote good relationships and a sense of belonging to the School community.
  • To give opportunities to work with a range of materials, practices and processes which develop skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding.
  • To provide situations which encourage pupils to use their practical and intellectual skills to evaluate and improve their work.
  • To provide a well-ordered environment in which all are fully aware of behavioural expectations.
  • To offer equal opportunities in all aspects of school life and recognising the importance of different cultures.
  • To encourage praise and positively reinforce good relationships, behaviour and work.
  • To work as a team, supporting and encouraging one another.
  • To encourage a sense of interest, enjoyment and pride in all pupils.


New Entrants Arrangements

The Early Years Practitioner and Teaching Assistant will visit each of the children in their home during the latter part of the Summer term. It is hoped that they will be able to observe the children when they are relaxed and secure.


There will also be opportunities for children to spend some time in the environment of their classroom meeting their teacher and new classmates.


Finally there is a meeting for all new parents to meet other members of the school family including the Headteacher, School Business Manager, PTA member, a Governor and other ‘new parents’.  It is hoped that all new parents will come along to meet the school community. During this meeting parents will have an opportunity to learn more of the school’s administrative arrangements including medical arrangements and school meals.



Parish Pre-School

This runs five days a week, during term-time, in the Parish Hall.  There is a varied curriculum and special sessions for children who will begin school the following September.  For details please ring the supervisor on 01277 212591 during session times.


Class organisation

Classes are arranged according to age group.  It is our intention to operate a one form entry system, that is, each class will be of one age group.  Classes are labelled according to the National Curriculum age groups.

                                                                                                            Age at 31st August 2016

Class R (Foundation)         Mrs Angela Gander                                                  4

Class 1                                   Mrs Elaine D’Onofrio                                              5

Class 2                                   Mrs Bernadette Ward & Mrs Ewa Kania               6

Class 3                                   Mrs Jaclyn Peniche & Miss Leah Wood                7

Class 4                                   Mrs Julie Gilligan                                                     8

Class 5                                   Mrs Jane Chandler                                                  9

Class 6                                   Miss Jessica Birtles                                                10


Classes 1 and 2 are working within Key Stage One.

Classes 3, 4, 5 and 6 are working within Key Stage Two.


The teacher for each class is responsible for the children’s work, although they may at times be working with other teachers and in other parts of the school.


The School Curriculum and Organisation

There are seven classes, one for each year group.  Infant and Junior classes have separate playgrounds and are housed in different parts of the school. The Junior playground has its own sensory garden, adventure trail and shaded seating.  The school service car park is out of bounds to all pupils.


All classrooms are large, well-equipped and light.  There are libraries in the Infant and Junior parts of the school and a state of the art computer suite is regularly used by all children.


Children in Class R (the Foundation Stage) follow the Early Years Curriculum.  At the end of the year each child’s development is recorded in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.


Towards the end of Year 1 pupils are assessed against the Phonic Check. Parents will be informed of their child’s performance in their annual report.


Infants work in Key Stage One of the National Curriculum, culminating in Statutory Teacher Assessment at the end of Year 2.  These results are published to parents at the end of KS1.


Juniors work in Key Stage Two and there is Statutory Testing and Teacher Assessment at the end of Year 6.  These results, too, are published individually to the parents concerned and collectively to all parents.


The major emphasis in the school is upon the three core subjects of English, mathematics and science, whilst our faith is at the heart of everything we do.


English is studied both separately and as an integral part of the whole curriculum.  Children are taught reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Handwriting and spelling are also taught using the Cripps schemes. 


Mathematics is studied as a discrete subject, although its application can stretch across all subjects. 

Science is taught in blocks of learning, with topics repeated in Key Stages 1 and 2 to ensure progression and reinforce learning.

History and Geography are taught in both Key Stages.


Religious Education is a most important area of school life.  The national scheme for Catholic schools, ‘Come and See’ is followed, with the whole school covering themes simultaneously.  This enables assemblies and related activities to be incorporated into each theme.  Parents can withdraw their children from all or part of the religious education or collective worship provided.

Sacramental preparation takes place within the framework of the Parish and family and is complemented in the appropriate classes.


Sex Education is the subject of a curriculum policy agreed by the Governors and Staff of the school.  This forms a part of the policy on Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education.  The policy and scheme of work are available upon request at the school office. Before this unit of work is covered in upper key stage 2 a letter will be sent out to parents to inform them and invite them to view materials used. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Sex Education.


Information Technology is an essential tool and computing  is studied separately to develop skills and to support other subjects.  Each class has computers, as well as a separate ICT suite which is timetabled for all classes.


Art, Music and Technology are taught separately and also dovetail with topics in R.E., Science, History and Geography.  Musical events are held regularly, including a whole school Christmas production and Carol Service. Physical Education has a special place in the school.  In addition to the National Curriculum requirements, teams compete in netball, football, cricket, cross country, and athletics.  A wide variety of extra curricular activities for all age groups enrich all aspects of the curriculum.



Every day the children take part in collective worship, with their class, Key Stage, or whole school. Once a week they have a Hymn Practice with their Key Stage One or Two peers.


Each KS1 and KS2 class presents an assembly to the school in the Spring Term.  The whole school celebrates Mass at the beginning and end of each term and on special feast days. Junior classes celebrate services of Reconciliation at Advent and Easter. Fr Leslie Knight, our Parish Priest celebrates a mass in Years 4, 5 and 6 in their classrooms. All are invited to attend the 8.30am Mass each Wednesday. Parents and friends are very welcome to these events.



It is regarded as important that the curriculum offered by the school enriches each child’s knowledge, experience and understanding in order to become a more active and independent contributor to society.


The school has an active School Council with elected representatives from each class.  The Council meets regularly with the Headteacher, teacher representative and governor representative. 


Years 5 and 6 pupils are encouraged to assume extra responsibilities.  They assist in the office at lunchtimes, help as librarians and accompany Year R and 1 to school masses. Year 6 pupils are invited to become playground “buddies” and form the St Joseph’s Workers team as well as assisting with showing visitors around our school. Year 5 pupils participate in paired reading activities with KS1 children.





Children in Years 2, 3, 5 and 6 are taught to swim by qualified instructors at the Brentwood Centre Pool.  Children are arranged in groups according to their abilities and taught stroke development, survival skills and most importantly to enjoy the water.  Distance and survival badges are awarded at appropriate stages.


Extended Schools Service

The Early Starter Club operates from 7.45am until the start of the school day and the Stay and Play Club operates from the end of the school day until 5pm. Both services are operated by qualified members of school staff and provide a service of care for Infant and Junior children. There is a charge for these services.


Liaison with Parents

Early in the Autumn Term, a “Meet the Teacher” evening is arranged for all parents. A Parent-Teacher consultation evening is arranged in the Autumn and Spring Terms.  During these consultations teachers can advise parents on how to help their children at home, thus ensuring that parents and teachers work together for the benefit of the children.  Parents can also make other arrangements to see the teacher throughout the year at mutually convenient times.  The Head teacher is always willing to discuss a pupil’s progress with parents.


Annual written reports of pupil performance are issued by the School in July of each year.  These reports contain an assessment by the class teacher of the pupil’s progress in National Curriculum subjects and Religious Education.  The reports also identify attendance levels. The children’s work is celebrated at Exhibition Evening in the Summer Term.  The whole family is invited to see the work of all children in the school.


The Headteacher and staff make every effort to inform and include parents in all that takes place at the School. At the beginning of each term, parents will receive a list of forthcoming events, together with further details about the curriculum which their child will be studying.


Each week a newsletter will be emailed to you, informing of extra events, dates, current issues and achievements.  (Paper copies of the newsletter can be requested).

In some circumstances, for example extreme changes in weather conditions, children on residential visits or sports events, parents are invited to access the Parent hotline service to inform them of sudden changes in the timetable (school closure, sports fixtures, estimated times of arrival etc. of children).



The School operates a homework policy and asks parents to sign a home school agreement, which includes homework partnership.


We believe that homework provides the children with opportunities for increased high quality learning beyond the limits of the school day. It should help the children to develop the skills and attitudes they will need for successful, independent and lifelong learning.


Homework is set throughout all Key Stages to consolidate and reinforce knowledge, skills and understanding, particularly in Literacy and Numeracy.



All absence must be covered by a note or telephone call from parents.  Please telephone before 9am to let the office know of an absence.  Parents are discouraged from taking any holidays during the school terms.  As from September 1st 2013, due to statutory changes in the Education Regulations 2006 Section 7, Head Teachers may no longer grant any leave of absence during term time.  Leave of absence will only be considered under “very exceptional circumstances” and family holidays do not come under this criterion.  Any holiday taken will be classed as unauthorised absence.


Pastoral Care and Discipline

In a Christian school, pastoral care is very important.


The School is a community in which behaviour is based on mutual respect and consideration for others.  The class teacher, who knows each child well, is responsible for the care of children in his or her class.  Particular problems are referred to the Head teacher or Deputy Head teacher.


The values, standards and attitudes of the school community are made clear to the children by example and discussion so that they are absorbed by them and made their own.  Rules exist, governing behaviour within the school, the playground and beyond the locality.  These rules are consistent with an atmosphere of ‘community’ and are designed to preserve and encourage an atmosphere of caring and thinking of others.  Sanctions for minor misdemeanours mean the loss of a privilege e.g. misbehaviour on the playground may mean a pupil misses play periods.

If a child displays persistent anti-social behaviour, consultation is arranged between the teacher and parents so that an attempt can be made to correct the matter.  County policy permits, in the rare cases of serious and persistent indiscipline, exclusion from school.  A detailed statement of County policy in this respect is available at the school.


Children with Special Learning Needs

Children with special learning needs are given help as and when necessary and available.  This can take place in the class situation or on a withdrawal basis.  Children who have ongoing difficulties are placed on the ‘Essex Stages of Assessment’ in line with the national ‘Code of Practice’.  Parents are consulted regularly and involved at every stage. Our Special Education Needs policy is reviewed annually and is available to parents on request. The school has undertaken a full audit to address and access issues for pupils, parents or staff with disabilities. The continual improvement of accessibility and the action needed is contained within the School Development Plan.


School Uniform

School uniform is compulsory and parents are expected to honour this regulation.  Uniform is available from Red Oak Roller in Basildon and Smartypants schoolwear.  Swimming hats, bags and ties are available from the school office.

Boys   School Tie

            White Shirt

            School Pullover or Cardigan with badge

            Dark Grey Trousers

            Grey Socks

            Black Shoes (black laces where applicable)


Girls    School tie

            White blouse

            School Pullover or Cardigan with badge

            Grey Skirt or School Uniform Grey Trousers

            Plain White Socks or black, green or grey tights in winter

            Black Shoes (black laces where applicable)

            Green and White Checked Dresses in Summer

            Black or White sandals can be worn in Summer


School T-Shirt, white shorts and trainers are required for P.E.

Junior children require a games kit.  Kit should be suitable for outdoor activity on grass and hard surfaces.  School tracksuits are available from the school’s supplier.  No earings to be worn at any time.  Girls’ hair ribbon/band must be green, white or black. Hair should be tied back with either a black/green hair band/scrunchie. Hair may not have pictures, symbols, logos or shapes cut into short styles. They may not have highlights or hair products (e.g. gel) in their hair at any time.


Parents of Infant children are asked to provide a tracksuit for PE – this does not have to be a school tracksuit at this stage but parents are welcome to purchase a school tracksuit if they prefer.


Educational Visits and Charging Policy

This is in line with County Policy.  At St. Joseph’s we collect regularly for the following activities. 

  1. Swimming
  2. Class educational visits including a residential trip in Year 6
  3. Visitors e.g. entertainers in school

These activities will continue, in accordance with the law, on the basis that parents will be invited to make voluntary contributions towards the cost.  Where no such contribution is forthcoming a child shall not be penalised.  However, if there are insufficient voluntary contributions, the activity may have to be cancelled.


Parent Teacher Association

The school has a healthy tradition of active PTA work.  The Association provides many social events to benefit the School Fund.


Each October a Chairman and Committee are elected to serve for the school year.  New parents are especially encouraged to get involved and take over from the ‘old hands’.


Our PTA arranges a variety of events including an Inflatables Evening, Infant Party, Junior Disco and Family Nights.  All staff and parents of children at St. Joseph’s are members of the Association.


School Meals

Meals for Infants are free under the new Government ‘Free School Meals Scheme’. A school meal at present costs £2.10 for our Junior pupils.  Alternatively, children may bring a sandwich pack.  All payments must be made in advance either at the beginning of half term or each Monday on a weekly basis.


Junior children whose parents are in receipt of Income Support may be entitled to free school meals.  Application forms are available from the School Office.  Free school meals cannot be given until written entitlement has been received by the school office from the County Council.


Mid Morning Fruit Snack

The School participates in the Free Fruit Scheme which provides a piece of fruit or vegetable for all Infant children on a daily basis. Junior children may bring in a piece of fruit or vegetable for a snack at breaktime.


School Milk

The school’s policy is to provide a milk service for Infant children only.

Under fives are entitled to a daily 189ml serving of milk free of charge.

All Infant milk has to be ordered from the School’s milk provider, Cool Milk. Parents are invited to register by post, the internet or an automated phone service if they would like their child to receive their daily allocation.


Please note: this will be a private arrangement between you and Cool Milk on receipt of your registration


Cool Milk is a payment in advance scheme and therefore the School will ensure that parents are notified of dates for registration in order to ensure that orders are received in time for the beginning of each term.

Parental Involvement

Parents are welcome into the school to share talents and expertise.  Parents are invited to give details of any areas in which they feel they could be of help.  At present parents help in the following curriculum areas: reading, P.E, art and craft, design and technology, sewing, music, library, cycling and cookery.


Extra Curricular Activities

Clubs include







Cross Country





Painting and Drawing

Board Games

Performance Dance

Maths Club



Glee Club





Secondary School Transfer

Good working relationships have been developed between St. Joseph’s and appropriate Secondary Schools.  There is normally an opportunity for all Year 6 children to visit and spend time working in their prospective Secondary School.



In all areas of the curriculum it is intended that equality of opportunity is afforded to girls and boys.



During their studies the children are taught that there are many races and cultures within our society and that as Christians, we are expected to be tolerant and respectful of those from different cultures and with different faiths.  This respect should grow from an awareness and understanding of their own Christian belief.


Expressing Your Concerns

From time to time, parents have a concern about their child’s education.  Many such concerns can, and should, be resolved at school level.


If you have a concern you should approach, in the first instance, your child’s class teacher, then the Head teacher.  The Governing Body is also there to assist you.


If your concern relates to the curriculum, there is a statutory procedure established by the LEA for dealing with written complaints.  Details of this formal process are available from the school, and on our website, but you are asked to discuss your concerns with us first so that we can ensure that we have done all that we can to resolve the situation.



The following percentages were recorded 2015 -2016.

Authorised Absences         2.97%

Unauthorised Absences    0.51%

Total Absences                    3.48%


This information was compiled in September 2016 and we endeavour to ensure that at the time of writing it is accurate.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school to gain further details, meet the Head Teacher and have a tour of the school.




Miss B. Rossiter                                  Head teacher

Mrs B Ward                                         Deputy Head

Mrs A Gander                                     Reception

Mrs E D’Onofrio                                  Class 1

Mrs B Ward & Mrs E Kania                Class 2

Mrs J Peniche & Miss L Wood           Class 3

Mrs J Gilligan                                      Class 4

Mrs J Chandler                                   Class 5

Miss J Birtles                                       Class 6



Mrs L Willats               Office  Manager

Mrs J Huggins             Secretary



Mrs J Wilkinson

Mrs M Lyons

Mrs M Campbell

Mrs T Giles

Mrs J Gomez

Mrs J Young

Mrs L Andrews

Mrs F O’Toole

Mrs C Shipp

Mrs M Tobin

Mrs T Mills

Miss C Chalmers

Miss K Hession

Miss S Young

Miss C Cole



Mrs J Wilson

Mrs J Hamblin



Mrs M Campbell

Mrs M Lyons

Mrs M Flood

Mrs J Young

Mrs D Douglas

Mrs J Gomez

Mrs L Andrews

Mrs F O’Toole

Mrs M Tobin

Mrs T Mills

Miss C Chalmers

Miss K Hession



Mr A Goldsmith King              Chair                           Ms H Schmiedefeldt               LA/Vice Chair

Fr Leslie                                  Foundation                  Mrs E Kania                            Associate       

Mr T Kent                                Parent                         Mrs J Grimes                          Foundation

Mrs L Bullock                          Parent                         Mrs C Barton                          Foundation

Miss B Rossiter                       Head teacher              Mrs L McCallister                    Foundation

Mrs B Ward                             Deputy Headteacher (Associate)

Mrs J Gilligan                          Teacher                       Mrs C Shipp                            Associate

Mrs S Facchini                        Associate                    Mrs L Willats                           Associate