We are proud of our high level of pastoral care. We make great efforts to ensure that every child feels happy and safe at St. Joseph’s as we believe this is when they will learn best. Standards of behaviour are consistently high and children learn the importance of respecting everyone. We recognise that everyone sometimes makes mistakes, but when this happens a strong emphasis on forgiveness and reconciliation allows us to move forward and genuinely learn from these mistakes. Older children are expected to act as role models and have opportunities to support and care for younger ones, for example through our House system and playground squad.
We are committed to meeting the individual learning needs of each child in our school, continually developing our approaches to teaching. We seek to develop children in all areas- academic, personal, social, emotional and spiritual.
Teaching assistants provide extra support within every classroom and also work with children one-to-one or in small groups outside the classroom when appropriate.
We have a teaching assistant who is specially trained to provide support in Emotional Literacy and we also employ a Home School Liaison Worker who supports families on a wide range of issues.
Our parish priest, Father Tony, visits the school each week. He visits classrooms and also provides pastoral support for pupils, families and staff. The headteacher is a member of the Parish Pastoral Group.