The Sunday Times Top Primary Schools in UK 2023 We are delighted to have been awarded 7th best school in the South West Region and 138th Nationally.


 "You can make anything by writing," - C.S. Lewis. 

Our vision

At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we intend to provide a Writing curriculum, which is accessible to all children across the whole of the primary phase. We deliver lessons that are engaging and well-resourced to enable access to learning for all children. Our children strive for excellence, always showing REACH, and are able to work both independently and co-operatively. We are dedicated to encouraging all children to be passionate about writing and aspirational in their thoughts. We are determined that ALL children will become highly competent and confident writers by the end of their time with us. We are also committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Writing in the wider world, developing empathy, and preparing them for all aspects of life including their transition into secondary school.

We use a wide variety of experiences, aspirational and quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children all following a scaffolded approach using styles from a range of English schools of thought – Talk for Writing and Big Write.


'My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.' Psalm 45:1


What does English look like at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School?

All pupils receive a daily English lesson (except on REACH Friday’s).

The process looks like this:

  1. Exploring text type – text marking.
  2. Retell
  3. Big write – initial assessment piece.
  4. VCOP session
  5. VCOP session
  6. Big write – VCOP assessment opportunity
  7. Innovation – planning
  8. Writing phase – modelled.
  9. Writing phase – modelled.
  10. Writing phase – modelled.
  11. Purple Write assessment piece – independently completed after a short break.
Recommended websites: - help for all subjects but a great English area with spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as writing and reading. - Key Stage 2 resources and games. - Key Stage 1 resources and games.