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 Pastoral Overview


The Pastoral Care programme supportsthe ethos of this Catholic school.  It encourages pupils to see and achieve personal, social and academic goals through a planned developmental approach in a caring and supportive atmosphere.  Each class in years 8, 9,10, 11 and 12 has a time tabled period every two weeks for the delivery of Personal Development by the Form Teacher. Personal Development is about the holistic development of individuals and it allows young people to develop their emotional intelligence alongside other aspects of health. Each Form Teacher is also allocated one period over a two-week period to facilitate individual Target Setting and review sessions.  Active learning methods are employed so that pupils are involved in their own learning. The Form Teacher is also responsible for registration, academic reports, dealing with parents, day to day administration (notes, discipline, homework) etc., and where possible,remains with the class throughout their time in school.  In this way the Form Teacher gets to know each pupil on an individual basis.  The counsellor deals with pupils on a one-to-one basis.  She is available to provide additional support to a pupil in times of stress or trouble.

Being aware that bullying can have a negative impact on pupils’ well-being the school has developed a comprehensive anti-bullying policy. This is available for viewing on request.



St Joseph’s College is a secondary school, which aims to promote, through education the full development of each pupil.  The task of the school is to develop the whole child, seeking to promote the highest educational standards while at the same time facilitating the pupil’s acquisition of Christian values. 

Within St Joseph’s school, RSE is much more than sex educationor sex instruction.  The programme explores the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of the person within a moral framework in which the ethos of the school is upheld.  Sensitive issues, which form part of the RSE remit include sex before marriage, extra-marital relations, contraception,sexual orientation, sexual abuse and sexually transmitted diseases, sacredness of life/abortion, euthanasia.  While presenting the model of family life and marriage as the ideal, it is necessary to be sensitive to the changes taking place within society today and the complexities of many present-day situations in the area of relationships and marriage.  In the whole area of human reproduction, scientific and technological changes are taking place at an increasingly accelerated rate.  There are many more situations where issues of right and wrong are no longer as clear-cut as they were in the past. 

Young people today are encountering the issue of sexual orientation and therefore they need to be equipped with knowledge that will generate attitudes of compassion and tolerance rather than prejudice and discrimination.  With regard to each of these issues it will be the school policy to present the teaching of the Catholic Church.  However, it will be appropriate to give pupils balanced, accurate information so that they can make informed choices with regard to moral issues.   All pupils in the school study Personal Development one fifty-minute period per fortnight with their form teacher.  RSE topics are delivered as an integral part of the PD programme.   In Year 9 selected staff will teach a core module in single sex groups dealing specifically with sexuality.




The Board of Governors and Principal recognise that in applying for and accepting admission to St Joseph's College, parents and pupils are identifying with, and agreeing to, the stated aims and ethos of the school.  It is the policy of the school to maintain at all times the highest standards of conduct and behaviour in line with its stated aims and ethos.  In this the school believes it can complement and support the parents in their central role as their children’s primary educators.


Individuals within the community of St Joseph’s will be expected to reflect in their actions, words and example, true Christian values. They will be expected to:

Show respect for God and appropriate reverence in matters pertaining to religious worship.

Show respect and concern for themselves and others by being mannerly and courteous.

Show an awareness of the rights of others and of themselves and act accordingly.

Show an awareness and acceptance oftheir responsibilities and obligations to others and act accordingly.

Show an appreciation of the precious nature of time and reflect this in their effective and efficient use of it.

Show care and respect for their environment and an awareness that it is a shared resource.

Show care and respect for their property and that of others.

Show appreciation and care for resources, materials, equipment and opportunities.

Show concern for personal safety and the safety of others by implementing the appropriate procedures and modes of behaviour.

Show concern for personal health andthe health and the health of others by adopting appropriate personal habits and standards of      hygiene.

Acquire a sense of identification with and pride in the values which the school is striving to achieve, and to reflect this by actively involving themselves in the activities and conventions of the school, including compliance with uniform requirements.

To be effective in these matters the school recognises itmust clearly communicate the basic values on which the code of conduct is founded.  This will ensure that the individual pupil will be in a position to understand as fully as possible, the implications of certain forms of behaviour and be encouraged to promote apositive attitude towards the development of good behaviour and a capability for self discipline.  It is also important that all concerned realise that ‘good order and discipline’ in all aspects of school life are a prerequisite if the school is to maintain the appropriate atmosphere and conditions which are conducive to achieving the school aims for all pupils.

It should be clear that no child has the right to an education at the expense of others.


The school has introduced a scheme which is designed to ensure that activities within the classroom are as effective as possible.  The school believes that if this is to be  achieved consistently then some basic conditions must exist. The teacher must be well prepared for the lesson and the individual pupil must be willing to co-operate fully and get involved in the class activity. The initiative is simply based on setting out clearly each pupil's responsibility and the requirements which they will be expected to meet.

The Classroom Code

It is your responsibility (The pupil) –to

1          Be on time

2          Have all your equipment and books with you

3          Go to and remain in your allocated workplace     (Unless asked to move)

4          Be quiet when required to be so (Raise your hand if you want permission to speak or answer)

5          Listen

6          Follow instructions first time given

7          Work to the best of your ability

8          Ask for help from the teacher (if you need it)

9          Treat others, their work and equipment with respect

You (the pupil ) must make sure that you -

1          Do not interrupt others

2          Do not ask out of class unnecessarily

3          Do not waste your time or that of others


The process of promoting discipline and self-discipline will be implemented in positive terms where it builds on the reinforcement of the good as opposed to the punishment of the bad. However, it is essential that in the instances where the 'Code of Conduct' has been contravened, appropriate sanctions are applied fairly to all, in an attempt to highlight the matters which require remedial action.

In order that day to day issues can be clearly understood the 'Code of Conduct' has been broken down into school rules which apply to individual situations relating to the good order and management of the school and its pupils.  A full list of structures, procedures and sanctions, including the use of 'detention' is also available and may be viewed by interested parties in the same way as other documentation referred to in this Prospectus.

The school Discipline Policy is reviewed regularly by the Discipline Committee and the Board of Governors who monitor and review structure, procedures and their effectiveness. They also co-ordinate and direct the efficient use of the various agencies involved in the process, the Pastoral Care team, Form Teachers,Discipline Co-ordinators, School Counsellors, the Vice-Principal, The Principal, the Education Welfare Officer, and the other outside agencies.

It is worth noting that it is the stated policy of the school to make a charge with respect to any instances of damage, however caused, to materials, equipment and plant. In such circumstances the charge will not exceed the actual cost of making good.  (See also Charging and Remission Policy).

In circumstances where the damage caused is as a result of unacceptable behaviour, disciplinary procedures may be implemented in conjunction with the recoupment of actual costs.