On Wednesday 23 January, St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School enjoyed a very special Mass in which Bishop John Sherrington officially reopened the school following the devastating fire of September 2015.

During the Mass, Bishop John also blessed the new altar and the new stained glass window that had been commissioned through the generous fundraising of the parents.

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The stained glass window depicts the presentation of baby Jesus at the temple, and that event was the focus of the Gospel passage read by Fr Stephen. Bishop John spoke about the scene in the window representing two important things.

The first is that it reminds Christians about their Baptism when their parents presented them to the Church. The second thing is that the light comes streaming through the window and the school goes out carrying the light of their faith into the wider community.


Some very special guests were in attendance including Ms Tolley (Brent Strategic Director for Children and Young People) and the Mayor of Brent, Cllr Arshad Mahmood. The school also welcomed Mr Coyle (Headteacher of Newman Catholic College) who provided learning areas at his school for 6 weeks so the education of the St Joseph's children could continue while temporary classrooms were being installed on their own site.

St Joseph’s were also delighted to welcome representatives from the Catholic Children’s Society (CCS) who provided a significant financial donation to the school just days after the fire. Dr Keenan shared the following message with us: 

What a joy to join you for the celebration Mass on Wednesday. I was really struck by the maturity and graciousness of your pupils. They are an incredible tribute to all that you achieve at St Joseph’s; helping them to be the best they can be. Rebuilding the school after the fire must have been a marathon. I am so impressed by the leadership and all that Mrs Titus and the school have achieved under such adverse conditions. You have all had a long journey. Great will be your reward in the kingdom of heaven! CCS is privileged to have been able to assist in a small way and I am glad it helped. That’s what we’re here for.

A special recognition was given to the Governing Board who were also at this celebration. The Governors tirelessly support the school community by volunteering their time and their wide range of skills to support the children and staff.

 St Joseph’s now looks forward to a bright and hopeful future for the whole school community.

The Sunday Times School Guide 2019, published 18 November 2018, ranked St Joseph's as the 2nd best state primary school in the country and the top state Catholic primary school in England!

The Sunday Times compiled their table using data from the most recent examination results.

We are delighted for the whole school community who have continued to aspire to excellence despite the circumstances of the last three years when we have been recovering from the school fire of September 2015.

It is the children that we are most proud of; their resilience and love for learning is an example to us all at St Joseph's and to their peers nationally. 

We will continue to ensure that the children's aspirations are not formed by the circumstances around them, but that they will form their future through high expectations and a desire to fulfil their potential, whatever their circumstances.


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Due to popular demand, St Joseph's will host a further Open Morning for for prospective pupils and parents at 9.30am on Monday 10 December 2018. 

Please wait by the Leopold Road entrance gates for a member of staff to to greet you.

The tour of the school will start promptly at 9.30am so please ensure you you arrive by this time.

You will receive information about the applications process on your visit but please click here to view the admissions criteria.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to welcoming you to St Joseph's.