Coppice Rise
North Yorkshire

01423 562650

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Harrogate, a Voluntary Academy

"Let all that you do be done in love." (1 Corinthians 16:14)

Religious Education


This is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ.

We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the school's activity.

We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1: 27). 

Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as a active citizens in service to the world.

Catholic Religious Education is the "core of the core curriculum" (Pope St John Paul II - 26.3 92) and the foundation of the entire educational process.

We follow 'The Way, The Truth The Life' scheme of work from EYFS to Y6 and use many other resources and stimuli linked to our lives today,  to engage and inspire the children's learning in RE.

You can find out more about RE curriculum here.

RE Policy 2023-2024

RE Newsletters


Relationships Sex and Health Education (RSHE)


RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) has become a statutory subject for all schools. Any teaching about love and sexual relationships in a Catholic school must be rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching about what it is to be truly human in Christ, what it means to live well in relationship with others and be presented within a positive framework of Christian virtue.

We follow Ten Ten’s new programme for Catholic primary schools, Life to the Full, which teaches Relationships Education and Health Education within the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church. The framework of the programme is taken from the Model Catholic RSE Programme by the Catholic Education Service, which has been highlighted by the Department of Education as a work of good practice.

RSHE Policy 2021-2023

Ten Ten Overview

Ten Ten Programme pathway

DfE guidance


Exploring Jesus' words, "I am the Light of the World." (John 8:12)

As part of our Inspirational People topic, we looked at what light means for us - some of our suggestions were safety, guidance, knowledge and communication. We then created art reflecting our personal response to Jesus’ words. Afterwards, we embellished our painting with words, phrases and scripture that resonated with us. 

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