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St. Joseph's Catholic College

A Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to St Joseph’s Catholic College. When speaking to prospective parents I usually start with the question what do we want for our children? Our answer in St Joseph’s is that we want them to be happy and we want them to achieve to their full potential. Our aim is to provide a caring and supportive environment in which each individual can progress academically, spiritually and culturally.

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Dates for your Diary

  • Y6 Parent Information Evening +

    Tuesday 26th June Read More
  • Y10 New College Experience Day +

    Thursday 28th June Read More
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Ofsted Inspection Results

Her Majesty's, Inspectors visited St Joseph’s Catholic College on 9th January 2018. In their letter to the Principal the inspectors stated:

"This school continues to be good”

The inspection team looked at the progress made on the action points from the last inspection in 2014 and decided that “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection”.

In the inspection findings Ofsted noted “Strong leadership has led to improvements in teaching and learning in different areas of the school. This, in turn, has led to sustained strong achievement in subjects such as mathematics, English, religious education and languages since the previous inspection. In different year groups and subjects, pupils apply themselves to their studies. They behave well and share positive relationships with staff. This is because leaders have created an orderly school environment, underpinned by the Catholic faith that forms a key part of the school’s identity. This is a school where pupils respect others and, in large part, work harmoniously with each other in a purposeful way. “

As well as visiting lessons the team talked with a range of students whom they selected and looked at a range of exercise books.  They found “As a result of good teaching, pupils, including those of middle ability, learn well in most of their subjects. The work in pupils’ books shows that most teachers have high expectations of what they can achieve. The majority of pupils take pride in their work and present it to a high standard. Pupils of different abilities are set challenging tasks which enable them to acquire skills and knowledge appropriate for their ages”.

Safeguarding was judged as effective." Pupils who spoke with inspectors reported that they feel safe in school. One reason for this is that they feel open and comfortable speaking to staff should they have any worries. They are highly positive about the pastoral support they receive. The school’s culture promotes this openness”.

The Principal, Mr Hughes congratulated his staff team and students saying:

"I am delighted that the college has once again been recognised as good.  This report reflects the hard work done by so many people and is a credit to all those individuals who work tirelessly to support our students. It is important that the Ofsted report agrees with our own self- evaluation of the college. We were very open about our strengths and weaknesses, this self-awareness is crucial for a good judgement because it shows we are not complacent about what we want to improve" 

Ofsted

 

Richard Jefferies Visit

In December, 7P and 7U visited the Richard Jefferies Museum as part of their English work.  They learnt about the author Richard Jefferies and how he used features of the landscape around him to inspire him and to create a setting for his stories.  During the visit, pupils learnt about artefacts in the house and explored the gardens. They looked around Coate Water to identify key sites used in Richards Jefferies’ books and then finished the day warming up around a campfire, telling stories and eating biscuits!

Here is what some of our students had to say about the trip.

"On the Richard Jefferies Museum trip, we learnt that Richard Jefferies was an English writer who wrote books about his childhood life on a Wiltshire farm.  I enjoyed exploring places on the map which Richard Jefferies wrote about.  We had a campfire after lunch which was so warm and relaxing because it was so cold."

Mezia 7P

"At the Richard Jefferies Museum I enjoyed the campfire and when we had biscuits.  I also learnt that Richard Jefferies, when he was a boy, used to have a toy trumpet. I enjoyed looking at the things that Richard Jefferies studied when he was younger."

Luca  7P

 

Haircuts

The recent fashion for extremely short ‘back and sides’ haircuts has led to some students failing to comply with the College uniform policy. This states that hair should not be excessively short. The College accepts grade one cuts, but any shorter than this and the haircut will fail to comply with the uniform policy.

The few students who have got their hair cut to a length below grade one have subsequently lost their social times until it has grown back to an acceptable length.  These students have been disappointed with this outcome; however, we are relentless in maintaining the College’s high standards.

Please be mindful of the College’s uniform policy when you take your child to have a haircut and ensure that the hairdresser follows your request.  

Please click here to view the letter sent to parents.

 

College Closure Status

The College is open as normal.

Please click here for the College closure procedure.

Free School Meals

Claiming for free school meals (FSM) means that the College can also get up to £900 of additional funding per child for uniform, equipment and educational trips, all items your child will benefit from. Our card payment system also makes being on FSM discrete and anonymous. We are all living through challenging times financially so if you think your circumstances make your child eligible for FSM please apply using the form below or call 01793 714201.

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