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

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School,
West Close Road, Barnoldswick
BB18 5EN

01282 813045

Mrs Beech at

Welcome to our school website. St. Joseph's is a GOOD school as rated by Ofsted in February 2023. We hope you find everything that you are looking for and much more! If you need any further information do not hesitate to contact school. Thank you.

Our Prayer Garden

Our school councillors and Mini Vinnies have designed our new prayer garden. They wanted the garden to reflect our values, be a place to enjoy, be peaceful and allow time to think. The garden is also linked to our Ecool club area so that the children can also explore God's creation and explore new plants, wildlife whilst using their senses. The children requested a giant rosary bead in the centre of the garden.

Homebase at Clitheroe donated all the wonderful plants and cement to help build this area. Asda at Colne has also donated some planting tubs and windmills and wind chimes. We are very grateful to both of these.

We were also extremely fortunate to be given a legacy from 'Peggy Humphreys', a parishioner from St. Joseph's Church who shall be always remember in this garden. We know she would have enjoyed the area too.


Children and staff will use the garden during school time and at breaks. 

Some children have also designed posters at home which are now displayed in the garden. These remind other children to not run in the area and to not go on the stones. The children really do want to appreciate this area and look after it.

The prayer garden will be officially opened and blessed by Bishop Marcus in the Autumn term. For the we are just enjoying a special new area to visit and be inspired.

Please look at the pictures of this garden.

Our designs

Please look at our designs.



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Comments from the children:

  • I really wanted a rosary design in the garden. I'm really pleased we got it. I like sitting by it because I can pray.
  • I asked for new plants that would attract the butterflies and ladybirds. It's good to see different wildlife.
  • I wanted the garden to be a peaceful area where no body can run around. 
  • I wanted a cross in the garden so that it shows our faith and we can go there for lessons outdoors.

How that garden took shape.

Robert and his team at the Environmental Action Group visited school to look at the area and children's designs. With the kind donations from Homebase and Asda, the team started work and day by day it took shape. We are really please with the finished area.

Comments from the children:

  • I really like our new area. It feels so relaxing and peaceful here
  • I was so pleased that our designs were able to be used
  • I enjoy listening to the windchimes
  • This area is good and we can use our senses to smell herbs and look at the different plants
  • This new garden is for everyone to enjoy. We are so lucky to have a choice what to do at break times.
  • I water the new plants each day, especially when it is sunny. I like being responsible for looking after the new area.
  • I made a poster for the new garden .I want everyone to look after it and respect it.
  • Class 3 went outside into the prayer garden for our RE lesson. It was very special and new to learn RE outside.