Tuesday the 16th of November saw 7 Schools, 14 teams and 112 children descend on St Joseph’s School sports hall for our first ever year 3 and 4Benchball competition. In what was the first taste of School representation and competitive action for most children the event turned out to be everything that we had hoped for. The sheer energy, sportsmanship, teamwork, competitiveness and skill on show was something to behold with the added bonus of expert leadership, officiating and organisation from our year 9 sports leaders.

Organiser and Sports Development Officer Mr Wise could not hide his delight; “I am sure that this was one of the best events we have ever held here”. “It was full of so many of the things that are so good about sport and it was played with so many smiles on the faces of the children taking part”. “The pandemic has denied this age group the opportunities that were afforded to the children before them and their pure joy and enthusiasm at taking part was very clear to see”.

The event came to a thrilling climax as Beckstone and St Gregory’s fought out a “next one wins” final with Beckstone taking the prize with an amazing throw and catch.

Our next event will be a BOCCIA competition on Tuesday the 7th of December.


A week of almost wall to wall rain didn’t stop our holiday activities from being a huge success again as almost 100 places were filled for sessions that included Drama, Dance, Football, Cricket, Dodgeball and Multi Sports.
Our Sports Development Officer Mr Wise commented; ” We are so lucky to have our indoor facilties here at St Joseph’s and they enabled four days of vibrant and fun activities to take place’. “The sessions were very well attehded as usual and we finished off with a Halloween themed day”.
Our camps will return for the christmas holidays with exact dates to be confirmed very soon.

New Computer Lab

Last week we opened our beautiful, new, state of the art Computer Lab. The Lab is part of the next phase of our site redevelopment and contains all brand new, high spec computers for our students. They’ve really enjoyed using the new space since it opened.

The Computer Lab follows the opening of our Creative Hub last year which is a bright, modern, flexible space for our students to use during practical subjects.

We are currently investing over £200,000 in our new Performing Arts Centre which is due to open to students before Christmas and will provide new changing rooms, toilets and practice spaces for dance, drama and music.

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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.