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St Joseph's Catholic Junior School, Southwark

Borough: Southwark
Address: Pitman Street
Town: London
Postcode: SE50TS
Phone: 020 77033455
Fax: 020 7277 1353
Website: St Joseph's Catholic Junior School
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Funded: Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age group: 3 -11
Number of Pupils: 233

There has been a Catholic School in the parish of Sacred Heart, Camberwell, Pitman Street, since 1846!

Records show that an even earlier school was set up by French refugees in a house that was originally situated near the corner in Wyndham Road. History tells us our school origins arose from those earlier days but that it was in 1846 that the farm buildings, which housed a piggery in the corner of our existing playground, were bought and converted into a school.

Eventually, in 1913, a new building was built in the shape of a letter L. In 1935, an additional wing was constructed and electric light was installed to replace the gas lamps!

The School emblem show’s the famous 'Camberwell Beauty':Nymphalis Antiopa - a butterfly, which is a 'refugee' from the forests of Sweden! It was found in wood imported by a local firm and was named after this locality. A local printing and paper firm, Samuel Jones, took it as its logo in 1919 to show, through its colourful shape, how advanced they were with colour printing techniques in the last century. The park reflects our local Burgess Park that is the largest park created in London this century. The buildings edging the top of the emblem need no introduction and can be seen from the school's roof playground. We hope that our emblem will help lead the children to embrace all that is of value in the past and to realise that they too are agents of change in developing their Christian future under the guidance of St. Joseph our patron saint.



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