At St. Joseph and St. Bede we recognise the value of looking beyond our own school to reflect on our practice, but also relish the opportunity to work in partnership with other schools to develop collaborations and support networks. We are an experienced leadership team who all have clear roles and responsibilities. As a school we have a well-understood vision and ambition for both the school, Church and its community, with the 5W’s at our core.
Throughout the school high expectations are communicated to all staff through a developmental approach to CPD which is tailored from the School Development Plan priorities and the individual’s needs at all stages of their career. Great care is taken to develop leadership capacity across the whole staff. This ensures that staff are skilled and motivated in their work with pupils and in their partnerships with each other and parents.
Our Head teacher, Liz Connolly, is a Diocesan Leader of Education (DLE). She is part of a group of experienced head teachers, trained by the Office for Education, who can offer their expertise and focused support to any head teacher who wishes to avail of their services.
She is also a board member for English 4-11, which is published jointly by The English Association and UKLA. The magazine covers Early Years through to Year 6 and secondary, with accounts of innovative practice, reports of classroom research, interviews with authors and articles to spark discussion. Each issue includes reviews of books and other resources for teachers and children.
She works closely with the Headteachers from our Catholic Cluster where schools work collaboratively to provide CPD, for example the Catholic NQT’s.
Our Co-Headteacher, Jane Myerscough, was a phonics and maths Lead Practitioner For Bury Local Authority. She has been working with other schools to share and develop practice, whilst accessing up to date training on both these key areas of the curriculum.
She is also a KS1 moderator for the authority working with others schools to moderate the KS1 assessments.
She has worked closely with the additional needs team schools in the initial cluster to be the first Bury school to gain the Dyslexia Quality Mark. The research undertaken to gain the Dyslexia Quality Mark, also led to the successful completion of the Research Charter mark award. She is a board member for English 4-11, which is published jointly by The English Association and UKLA.
Our Assistant Headteacher and KS2 Lead, Heather Daly, is a very experienced Year 6 teacher and Maths Co-ordinator. She has worked with the Local Authority and other schools to develop a Year 6 pack for Guided Reading.
She is a moderator for KS2 writing and she has also shared good practice for high standards in writing.
She is a lead practitioner in Bury Authority to support reading and fluency in schools across the borough.
Our Assistant Headteacher and EYFS/KS1 lead, Sarah Prince has successfully led the department to achieve the Early Years Quality Mark and is an SLE for Early Years Education.
Our SENDCo, Claire Wheeler, is a member of the SLT and an experienced UKS2 teacher. She has a passion for developing the mental health of our staff and children and has recently completed the Mental Health First Aid course.
The experience and working with the authority and others schools has led to planning for continual improvement. A growing part of this work is that, after being approached by the additional need team, we now offer Learning Walks with other leaders and teachers from across Bury, as well as offering support to schools wishing to gain the Dyslexia Quality Mark.
If you think we can offer you any support, please contact Mrs J Myerscough for further information email