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SEND ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ fair

Join us for the 2021 virtual SEND ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ fair

This year’s event will be held online from 18th to 22nd October 

Preparing for adulthood can be an anxious time for families of young people with additional needs and disabilities. In order to help families plan and know what options and support are available, we are pleased to announce Cumbria’s popular ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ fair is back again this year!

Aimed at families of young people with SEND from age 13 to 25, we have a full programme of live webinars across the course of the week, all available on Microsoft Teams. The full list of webinars will be available on the SEND Local Offer website from Wednesday 13th October. Have a look at the webinar timetable and plan which webinars you would like to attend.


We have worked with parents/carers and young people to plan this year’s event. Each webinar will be presented by an expert in their field, who will explain all about their service, who it is for and how to access it. There are webinars on apprenticeships, interview skills, supported living options, day opportunities, health and mental health transition from child to adult services, continuing health care, social and sporting opportunities, as well as presentations with post 16 colleges, drop-in sessions with SEND Alliance Cumbria, the new parent carer forum, and much, much more.


The webinars are all ‘open access’, so you don’t need to register or put in any details. Just click the link for the webinar you want to go to at the appointed time and the link will take you straight there.

Also this year, we have an Information and Advice section packed full of resources for families to explore. Again we have worked with parents/carers and young people to plan what resources would be most helpful. There are lots of things, from details of support from disability associations, right through to information on mental capacity, guardianship and deputyship, alongside resources from all of our brilliant webinar presenters.

Please tell your colleagues, friends and family, and we hope to see you there for a very exciting and informative week!

Cumbria SEND


St Joseph’s School Sports Development Officer David Wise is delighted to announce a four day holiday activity camp at the School during the October half herm break.  There will be a mix of sports and dance/drama days and bookings are taken through the email and phone contact details on the form attached.
PLEASE NOTE: The contact number is a new one.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT: There is a reduction in costs for children who attend the following Schools in the St Joseph’s Sports cluster:
Students of St Joseph’s Catholic High School and St Michaels, Derwent Vale, St Gregory’s, Westfield, St Mary’s, Ashfield Juniors & Infants, Seaton Juniors, Distington, St Patrick’s, Our Lady & St Patrick’s (Maryport), Beckstone.
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Tuesday the 21st of September saw the triumphant return of the ever popular primary school festivals to our school site. After what seems like an age it was really good to see so many children taking part in the first of our 15 events for the year.
With 8 schools and over 200 key stage 1 children in attendance a gloriously calm Autumnal afternoon saw the children tackle 10 different multi skill activities designed to test and improve their all-round sporting skills.
The activities were hosted by our year 8 leaders who were so adept at demonstrating their activities and interacting with the children that they received many favourable comments for their efforts from the primary school staff.
Event organiser and Sports Development Officer David Wise was ecstatic about how things had gone; “This festival had been a long time coming and we were blessed to have the weather and great commitment from the schools and their children who were taking part in this sort of activity for the very first time”. “I have to mention our excellent year 8 leaders who made the event so special with their brilliant delivery and fantastic rapport with the children”. “A truly special day and so good to be back delivering festivals”.
This year our activities are coming thick and fast with key stage 1 back on site again in 2 weeks for a football festival quickly followed by a year 5 and 6 Benchball competition.

Daily Message – 09/09/2021

Dear Parents,

We are not holding an Open Evening this year.

We are conducting tours for Year 6 parents. Please contact 01900 873290

Because the isolation rules have changed,  and because of the number of current cases (10), it is imperative that students use lateral flow tests twice a week. We have plenty in school if students ask at Reception.

Because of rising cases, we don’t wish to have large numbers in school at once which is why we are conducting small group tours. In this way families get a personal experience so please book with Mrs Gaffney on  01900 873290. We will adjust timings to suit you.

Miss Kennedy