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Overview

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. We believe that there should be no ceiling on achievement and that in each student there is the potential to succeed. We are a Catholic College and that ethos allows us to nurture the young people in our care so they feel safe, developing a sense of respect for themselves, others and the environment. We are an inclusive community which sets high standards in all that we do. We believe in motivating young people by providing them with the best learning opportunities within and beyond the classroom. We want all of our students to leave us equipped to face the future. I hope that by looking at this microsite you will get a flavour of what we are about. You are always welcome to visit us and see what makes St Joseph’s such a special place. Paul Hughes Principal

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Ethos and values As a Catholic College we take the education of the whole person very seriously. We want our young people to develop academically, physically and spiritually in a nurturing environment. The Catholic Education Service (CES) recently described the work of our schools as follows “Catholic schools are a place where pupils come together to learn about faith in an open and informative way to question and form their own understandings of their faith. Catholic schools exist to provide high academic standards and the formation of the whole person. They are not places of indoctrination or proselytization”. In this context we have developed an approach to teaching values which is delivered through the formal curriculum, in tutor groups, collective worship and chaplaincy. In every subject there are opportunities to explore wider meanings and values. Teachers are encouraged to allow time for these themes to be developed within lessons wherever possible. The curriculum time and status given to Religious Education is a statement of our commitment to educating young people in values.   We also have our daily assemblies/ acts of worship and have allocated a half hour each day to tutor time. In this way we aim to support students in promoting their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development in school and society. Above all we have a duty to safeguard children by ensuring they are safe and feel safe. Safeguarding can involve: (Ofsted Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and academies July 2014)     Bullying, including cyberbullying (by text message, on social networking sites, and so on) and prejudice-based bullying     Racist, disability, and homophobic or transphobic abuse     Radicalisation and extremist behaviour     Child exploitation     Sexting    Issues that may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity and youth violence   Particular issues affecting children including domestic violence, sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation and forced marriages Underpinning out assemblies/ acts of collective worship is a philosophical and theological approach which seeks to develop the common good. In 1996 the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales issued a document entitled The Common Good. They said “in the spirit of good citizenship all members of the Catholic Church must accept their full share of responsibility for the welfare of society. We should regard the discharge of those responsibilities as no less important than fulfilling our religious duties and indeed as part of them” In this context our assemblies/ acts of collective worship are informed by scripture, church teaching, respect for the rule of law and democracy in Britain. We make no apologies for explicitly expounding what some may call traditional values which call upon us as a community to Respect ourselves, Respect others and Respect our environment. The Citizenship and Life skills programme of study delivered in tutor time helps to provide pupils with an understanding of the political, legal and economic function of an adult society and to develop a social and moral awareness. It is about enabling people to reflect critically on issues in society and have the knowledge to make a difference for themselves and their communities locally and globally. Life skills incorporates the Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme of study that ensures that young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. This will include work on anti bullying, keeping safe on the internet, sex and relationships education, drugs, physical and mental health, social and economic wellbeing, careers and community cohesion. Citizenship and Life Skills will also incorporate: Student Voice, House activities, competitions etc Chaplaincy, Charity initiatives, Tutor responsibilities Our chaplaincy team aims to be distinctive and inclusive. We will encourage students who are celebrating the joys and hopes of being young and foster their deepening sense of their own self-worth. An essential feature of Chaplaincy in St Joseph’s is relationships based on gospel values, relationships that are built on respect for each person as being created by God, thus helping to build a "Witnessing Community". Events such as retreats and religious services offer opportunities for us to focus on these values. We want our students to leave our college with good academic qualifications, resilient young people who are spirituality and morally responsible for the consequences of their decisions on the lives of others Paul Hughes

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St Joseph’s is an 11-19 comprehensive with over 1250 students. We are located close to the town centre and a 20 minute walk from the train station. The original school was on a split site but the current college is in a modern building with very good facilities for learning We are very fortunate to work within a multicultural environment. If you come to visit us, you will see that the majority of our students are happy, hardworking and positive about our college. Achievement of everyone’s potential is at the forefront of all that we do at St Joseph’s. Our staff are enthusiastic and passionate about ensuring our students get the very best deal. Our last Ofsted rated the college as good in all areas.  Continuing professional development is a significant part of life at St Joseph’s. We provide numerous opportunities for development throughout your career.  We also offer our staff a range of benefits which include: -   Fantastic pension schemes with the Local Government and Teachers pensions -   Health Cashback Plan -   Discounted membership with select gyms -   Online health and wellbeing support services -   Free onsite parking for all staff members -   An annual voucher reward scheme Working in a Catholic school is unique. The Christian ethos is at the core of everyday life at St Joseph’s and is one of our greatest strengths. Visitors frequently comment on the care, compassion and real sense of community that permeates everything that we do. We appoint members of staff, who support the ethos of our school and will always put our children first. In conclusion, we believe this a truly fantastic place to work, but don’t take my word for it, come and see for yourself. Paul Hughes Principal

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