We are proud of the sense of community in our School. We want all of our students to feel that they are known, valued and cared for. We have a well-deserved reputation for being a happy school, and we seek to create the best possible learning environment, which is built upon good relationships.
The students have a network of support around them. Each form has a tutor responsible for the welfare of the student. The Form Tutor is a key person in such matters as attendance, punctuality, appearance, health, behaviour and general progress. There are Managers of Learning for each year group, and he or she is generally the best person to contact in order to discuss an individual student though parents should feel free to contact the Headteacher or Director of Student Services.
At St. Joseph’s we take pride in the high standards of behaviour shown by our students. We recognise that this can only be achieved in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. We have a code of conduct and an anti-bullying policy understood by all.
We have a Peer Mediator Programme where older students are trained in listening skills in order to help younger students who may feel under pressure. Our aim is to develop self-discipline within an environment that the students see as safe and secure. We seek always to encourage and reward personal achievement and good behaviour.
We know that education is a partnership between the home and the school. To maintain our high standards it is essential that this partnership flourishes. Accordingly, we involve parents at an early stage if problems occur and trust that parents will feel able to support us in our efforts to maintain high standards.
All our students wear full school uniform. Good standards of appearance, we believe, reinforce the school’s values of self-respect and pride in membership of our school community.