A SCHOOL has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a week of festivities.

Children from St Joseph's Primary, a Catholic Academy, in Newton Aycliffe, organised a family picnic, a nature world day and crafts activities.

The school opened in 1969 and has seen nine headteachers and generations of families walk through its doors.

Head teacher, Fiona Brown, said: "The school has taught generations of families across its 50 year history and we hope to grow as a school and take it forward for the next 50 years.

"The school is in the heart of the community and was once used to hold masses so it's a big part of the town.

"We will continue to carry on our ethos and grow as a school according to our gospel values and want to teach in a way that allows our students to be the best people they can be."

The school was rated as ‘good’ by the local diocese in 2018 and is now looking for children to join its nursery class.

Formerly St Joseph’s RCVA Primary School, Ofsted inspectors in July 2016 found the school had improved from the year before – when the education regulator placed it into special measures, after finding it to be inadequate.

The school hopes to continue its success and grow in numbers of students.

For more information about the school call St Joseph's Primary on 01325-300337.