Celebrating 150 years

We shall be celebrating our 150th anniversary during the 2021/22 academic year.

This year promises to be a very special year for our school, as we hope to bring together the various generations of staff, pupils and parents who make up our community at St Joseph’s. 

Pope Francis recently declared 2021 to be the year of St Joseph, adding further importance to these celebrations.

St Joseph’s was founded in 1872 when the nuns of Virgo Fidelis pointed out to the Bishop of Southwark that, while they (the nuns) were educating the girls of Norwood, the boys had to go to a Protestant school for their schooling.

Click here for a photo montage from our school’s 150 year history

Click here for our detailed history

Today, we are proud to be an outstanding and inclusive school, whose pupils, parents and staff reflect the many cultures and languages of the community which we serve.

Please see below the current list of events to mark this very special year.

Date Event Details Attendees
24 September 2021 Official launch of the anniversary year Afternoon Tea

Evening drinks and canapes

Former Staff and Governors
3 November 2021 Fireworks Infant school playing field All welcome
14 February 2022 Planting of anniversary oak tree Infant school playground All welcome
28 April 2022 Mass by the Archbishop Virgo Fidelis parish
Selected guests
17 June 2022 Drop-in morning Visit to the school and tour by pupil leaders All welcome
2 July 2022 Summer Fun Day and Colour Run Whole school celebration All welcome
18 July 2022 Leavers’ Mass Virgo Fidelis Parish, 5:30pm All welcome

As the events are completed, we shall be posting pictures of each on this page. There will also be a range of memorabilia available to purchase from the school.

Alternatively, you can follow our progress on Instagram here or by following our hashtag #SJF150

We look forward to welcoming you back to our (and your) school for our 150th celebrations!

Click here for our alumni page

* About the photograph above: This is a picture courtesy of the Imperial War Museum’s collections from 1943, featuring Miss Capel and her class during a geography lesson. ©Imperial War Museum D 14457


Memorabilia for sale

The Story of the Federation of St Joseph’s Junior, Infant and Nursery Schools (1872 – 2022)

The definitive record of key events in our school’s history, available for £5 per copy. Researched and compiled by our own Mrs McMillan.


Books will be available to collect from the school on 1 December 2021.

Click here to pay if you would like to collect the books from the school office


Alternatively, we can post it to you for an additional charge of £3.

Click here to pay if you would like it posted to you