I am the new, proud Executive Headteacher of Our Lady and St Joseph and I would like to warmly welcome you to explore all that we have to offer here at Our Lady and St Joseph. Ours is a small, nurturing Catholic School in the heart of The New Forest. Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Primary School aspires to provide a rich learning experience where children are encouraged to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
We value each child’s contribution to our community and look to develop the whole child. Our core purpose is to provide a deep learning experience for our children throughout their primary lives, so that they are resilient, happy, well-mannered and secure. We are a happy, exciting and successful learning community with Jesus at the centre.
We are proud that our Gospel values engender a happy, inclusive, family atmosphere. We are the only Catholic school in the New Forest and take children from Lymington, Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, New Milton, Milford on Sea and Waterside parishes, as well as non-Catholic children from the surrounding area. We hope to shine a light of goodness into our community and live our lives by the principals of Truth, Honesty, Peace and Justice for all.
Our aim is to provide your children with the skills to reach their full potential. We do this through our exciting, high-quality curriculum, which enables children to develop a ‘thirst’ for learning and to be challenged appropriately throughout their life at our school.
We believe that children who are happy and safe achieve well. We strive for high standards and expect excellent academic progress and excellent behaviour. We want all our children to thrive, aspire and achieve their personal best. From sailing, sports and socialising; through to achieving academic potential and taking their place as an active citizen in our world.
Research tells us that high quality teaching and learning has a high impact on our children’s happiness and academic outcomes. The vast majority of our classes are taught with a 15:1 adult ratio. These small classes enable teachers to get to know each child as an individual and target both their academic and personal development. Children play and learn in harmony with each other. There is respect and rigour; exploration and investigation. We care for each child’s individual needs, building their confidence and encouraging them to be creative and independent to prepare them for their life beyond primary school.
Selecting the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. Please take the time to look through our website, which will give you the opportunity to appreciate our special and distinctive character and ethos; as well as observe the high quality nurture and learning that Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Primary School provides. We have fantastic ICT provision, a library bus, great play spaces and beautiful growing gardens and grounds.
If there is anything further you need or any information you require please contact us directly. If you would like to apply for a place then please contact the school and we will either advise whether year group spaces are available, or for Year R entrance explain the admission procedure. Alternatively, the admission arrangements can be found under the ‘Download and Links Section’ under ‘About Us’.