About Us


St Joseph's is situated in Carterton, Oxfordshire, approximately twenty miles west of Oxford and a similar distance from Cheltenham and Swindon. Seven miles away to the north is the Cotswold town of Burford and seven miles to the east is the thriving market town of Witney.


Since April 2013, we have become one of seven schools joining together to form the Dominic Barberi Multi Academy.  St Joseph's opened in 1968, with a catchment area of Carterton and surrounding villages. The primary aim is to cater for Catholic children between the ages of four and eleven. However, children of different faiths and backgrounds attend the school, and this diversity is celebrated. Many children are from service families based at R.A.F Brize Norton.


Our current pupil roll is approximately 150.  All pupils participate fully in the religious life of the school.  They follow the Diocesan programme for Religious Education, ‘A Curriculum Strategy for Religious Education in the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Birmingham’ and take part in collective worship.  The collective worship takes place both in school and in St Joseph’s Catholic Church. As a Catholic school, we value our strong relationship with the local parish.


To find out more about the Dominic Barberi Multi Academy, click here.  You can also find copies of DBMAC annual reports and accounts here http://www.dominicbarberimac.org.uk/directors.shtml  


Mission Statement


"We are a Christian school in the Catholic tradition. We aim to develop and nurture the religious education and spirituality of all within the school community. There is a universal call to each Catholic school to recognise it's uniqueness and diversity. As a school, we believe we are called upon to celebrate and respond to this. 


St Joesph's is a community made up of people at different stages in their journey o faith; for some children this will be their first opportunity to hear the good news of the Gospel. We aim to grow together, through worship, liturgy, prayer and education in an understanding of what it is to be a member of the Christian community. 


To facilitate this journey of faith, St Joesph's seeks to develop the whole person through Revelation (God's Self Revelation), Church (Communion of life in Christ), Celebration (living the Christian Mystery in worship and prayer) and Life in Christ (the search for holiness and truth) in accordance with the Catholic Education Service guidelines"