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St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
The parish is one of the oldest in the diocese, established in 1696 and is situated in an unusual geographic position. It is made up of three residential communities that straddle two local authorities, Birtley and Kibblesworth in Gateshead and Ouston in County Durham.
The parish has also seen a number of local government boundary changes over the last forty years. As a result the parish has three primary schools (St Joseph’s Infant and Junior Schools, in Birtley, and St Benet’s Catholic Primary School in Ouston). These primary schools feed in to three different Catholic Comprehensive schools, St Leonard’s Durham (for Ouston), Cardinal Hume Wrekenton (for Birtley and Kibblesworth) and St Robert’s, Washington (the feeder school for Birtley when in it was part of County Durham).
For further information visit the St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church website.