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 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 has also undertaken Peer to Peer review training and is working with other schools to offer this support.
She is also a KS1 lead 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 and be re-accredited with 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 KS2 teacher and Maths Co-ordinator. She is an SLE for English.
She is a moderator for KS2 writing and she has also shared good practice for high standards in writing.
She has also been 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, Science 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 and is currently leading the school in becoming a ‘mentally healthy school’.
Our KS1 lead Catherine Lowe is a member of our MLT and an experienced initial teacher training leader. She is a lead for a local Hub within Manchester Metropolitan University and is also and SLE with a focus on ITT.
Our Nursery teacher Hollie Aspinall, lead our school to successfully gain the Gold SMSC award. She is also a lead on PPG for the school.
The experience and working with the authority, our Beacon Cluster and others schools has led to planning for continual improvement. A growing part of this work is us offering support to schools.
If you think we can offer you any support, please contact Mrs J Myerscough for further information email