“A central strength of the school remains how well the Catholic ethos shapes the life of pupils, staff and governors. Pupils develop a strong understanding of Christianity and the importance of love, respect and community. The school is a calm, happy place for learning. Pupil’s engage very positively in activities and they are proud to attend the school.”  OFSTED May 2017

“St Joseph’s demonstrates a positive culture of welcome and the school is fully inclusive; they value and celebrate diversity. There is evidence of a real and lived parish school family link creating a strong sense of community.” RE Inspection July 2017

Leaders are passionate about serving their community and are held in high regard by the parents and governors of the school. One parent was very clear about her support for the Headteacher whom she described as ‘full of love.’ RE Inspection July 2017

“Parents spoke very highly of the school and its provision for all, citing all the staff as approachable, friendly and helpful. One parent of a child who is relatively new to the school in lower Key Stage 2 said that no issue was too small and even ‘a minor hiccup’ is dealt with quickly and positively. All stakeholders feel involved in the whole community, something that is driven passionately by the headteacher and the parish priest who is the chair of governors. Both are ever present and offer warmth and love to all.” RE Inspection July 2017

“Thank you so much for the wonderful welcome you gave us when we came to visit you. We had a lovely day and really enjoyed listening to you telling us what you enjoy and are learning. There are many very good things happening in St Joseph’s because you are striving to live out your mission statement and letting your lights shine. We were very impressed with your efforts to support each other and welcome everyone regardless of differences and the way you clearly are so proud of your school.” RE Inspection July 2017

Mission Statement

Together as God’s children we will, love, learn, grow, inspire. "Let your light shine!”

St Joseph The Worker School acknowledges that Religious Education is a lifelong process and recognise that the primary years are significant in the lasting impression they make upon our children. Religious Education in school is concerned with children understanding mankind’s search for meaning, value and purpose in life. The religions of the world are classic expressions of this search and, for many people, provide the context within which the experience is to be understood. Through his or her understanding of this search, the child is helped towards a deeper awareness of their identity enabling him/her to grow and develop freely in a world of divergent beliefs and values. Education is concerned with the development of understanding. Religious Education is concerned with the development of the understanding of religion as a significant area of human experience. "Understanding” is used in a wide sense, being concerned with feeling and empathetic insight as well as an intellectual grasp of certain information. Thechild is not simply learning about religion, they are learning from it.

Our School Prayer
Dear St Joseph The Worker,
This is our School.
Let peace dwell here.
Let the rooms be full of happiness.
Let love be here,
Love of one another,
Love of life itself.
And love of God.
Let us remember,
That as many hands build a house,
So many hearts make a school.


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“Together as God’s children we will, love, learn, grow, inspire, Let your light shine”.


  • To work together with families as the first educators of their children.
  • To create a happy Roman Catholic atmosphere in which everyone can develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, morally and physically.
  • To provide a safe, caring, stimulating environment in which everyone is encouraged to develop his or her full potential.
  • To promote self-discipline in an atmosphere which fosters respect, tolerance and acceptance of all people.
  • This school is committed to encouraging the children to develop into responsible members of the school community in preparation for their role as adult members of society. In helping us to achieve this goal we anticipate the co-operation of all our parents.
  • To support all members of the community in their faith journey.

St Joseph The Worker RC Primary School, Cutnook Ln, Irlam, Manchester M44 6GX