St Joseph’s Primary School is a member of the Sacred Heart Education Network, which is a world-wide group carrying on the philosophy of the Sacred Heart Society founded by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat.
She was convinced that education flourishes in an atmosphere of mutual trust. Best education, she held, takes place through relationships.
A pioneer in educational thinking, she insisted on a vigorous intellectual formation for women.
She sought also to make sure that qualities of heart and intellect developed in harmony. She expected those who had received a good education to use it and not to bury their talent.
In spite of the restrictions of 19th century conventions, she believed that the influence of a woman was incalculable, not only in the family, but also in the wider world. However, the grinding poverty of 19th century cities also needed a response, so she started schools providing free instruction long before some national governments did so.
In 1896 the Sacred Heart Society opened a free school (St Joseph’s) and in the following two years a convent day school (Our Lady’s School) and a fee paying boarding school (St Andrew’s) were opened at Queen’s Cross. The day school and the boarding school were amalgamated to form St Joseph’s and in 1971 the boarding school closed. In 1973 the school came under the management of the city.
St Joseph’s RC Primary follows the National Curriculum but maintains its historical character and its commitment to the Goals of the Sacred Heart Society.
The Heart of Christ was the main focus of St Madeleine’s life. She knew that each child is deeply loved by Christ. In later life she said, “I would have founded the Society for the sake of one child”
She wanted every pupil to live a full life, and therefore a life responsive.
She wanted every pupil’s faith to deepen through the curriculum, through formation of character and through the ethos of the school.
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