St. Joseph's is a Catholic Academy located in the beautiful town of Market Harborough.

We serve the parish of Our Lady of Victories, in the Diocese of Nottingham.

St. Joseph's is at the heart of the local community and we are proud to have strong links with the parish, an extremely active PTFA and dedicated Governors.

We are a one-form entry primary school and currently we have 213 children on roll.

The school is an extremely welcoming and supportive environment where all members of our school community are respected and valued.

Through this joint commitment, we welcome new members to our school to grow and work in the love of Christ as we live out our mission statement to 'Believe, Achieve, Succeed'.

We take seriously our commitment to extended services for children and have a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and clubs on offer for children throughout the school. We are fortunate to have before and after school childcare facilities for parents who need provision. It is great for parents to know that their children are safe and cared for by people who share the school's mission.

St. Joseph's is immersed in a creative curriculum that enables good academic achievement, but which is also creative and fun.

The school has high expectations of behavior, through our procedures, children are equipped with life-long skills and self-esteem is raised. They also become aware of the wider community around them.

Academy Trust

In 2012 we converted to Academy status and are now a part of the Corpus Christi Catholic Academy Trust.

We therefore work very closely with the other four schools in the Trust:

  • St. John Fisher Catholic Primary School in Wigston
  • St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Leicester
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Leicester
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Leicester

More information about the Academy, including Trust documents and accounts can be found on the Academy's website:

What is an Academy?

An academy is a state-funded school which operates independently within the requirements of national codes of practice for state schools. However, unlike a state school, it receives its funding directly from central government rather than through a local authority.

The first Academies, established under the previous Labour Government, required a sponsoring organisation and had the sole objective of raising standards within the school. Under new legislation introduced by the coalition government schools that are either 'outstanding' or 'good with outstanding features' are now also eligible to convert to Academy status together with their partner schools.

It is the current intention of the government that all state schools should become Academies.

What is a Multi-Academy Trust?

The Catholic Education Service of England and Wales (CES) did not immediately encourage Catholic Schools to consider conversion to Academy status as it was necessary to consider whether conversion could take place whilst safeguarding the distinctive identity of Catholic schools and how all our schools could remain supported and not isolated.

Following discussion between the CES and the Department for Education, DfE, The Nottingham Diocese determined a model approved by the DfE that meets those pre-conditions and made it possible for Catholic schools to convert to Academy status.

The model involves a family of schools forming a 'multi-academy trust' under a diocesan wide Shared Company. The essential principles of the model are that no schools are left behind, it involves no external business sponsorship and there will be no change to the distinctive nature of any of the schools in the Trust.