We are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Parents should be aware that the school regards the safeguarding of pupils as of paramount importance and will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils.  In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a pupil may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, the staff have no alternative but to follow LSCB (The Local Safeguarding Children Board) procedures and inform Social Services of their concern.

The schools designated persons for safeguarding issues: Mrs E Maher,  Mrs F Lawton (Acting Deputy), Mrs Johnson and Mrs Swanston.

The school workforce receives regular training to ensure everyone is equipped to address safeguarding issues appropriately.

Operation Encompass enables key adults in schools, police and teams within Sunderland City Council to train and work together to help children feel safe, secure and receive the appropriate support.


Our year 1 children have participated in a ‘Walkwise’ programme aimed and teaching the children about road safety. They contributed in classroom discussion and had practical lessons outside of school to help them learn the importance of road safety and crossing the road.

Nursery – Let’s Travel

In Nursery our topic is ‘Let’s Travel.’ We have been talking about and looking at features of our local area. The children have loved exploring our Washington Village map. They have picked out landmarks that they know and can talk about what they do there.

Children in Need

All children were invited to take part in non-uniform day for Children in Need. They were asked to wear something bright or spotty. Our school kitchen also had a Pudsey themed lunch which the children enjoyed. Thank you to parents/carers for your generous donations, our school raised £148.81 for Children in Need.


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