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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

  • College re-opens for students +

    Monday, 24th April Read More
  • Bank Holiday - College closed +

    Monday, 1st May Read More
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Swimming Success

The College would like to congratulate Holly on her amazing success at the European Down Syndrome Open swimming competition. She won 2 Gold medals (50m front crawl, 100m front crawl), one silver (50m breast stroke), one bronze (50m backstroke) and a 4th place in the relay. Well done!

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Sixth Form places will be ensured for St Joseph’s students

 

Following St Joseph Catholic College’s announcement last Wednesday 15 March of proposals to close down its Sixth Form from August 2018, the Principal Paul Hughes is keen to stress that the College is doing everything it can to ensure current year 11 students are being properly supported in finding an alternative Sixth Form or Further Education College place.

Mr Hughes said : "We have been speaking to providers of Sixth Form in the area and have gained their assurance that they are able to make places available for St Joseph’s year 11 students this coming September. There is a session planned on Thursday 23 March for providers to come into the College and talk to the students to help them make their decisions."

Declining numbers of Sixth Form applicants, coupled with changes in funding for post-16 education have led the board of governors of St Joseph’s to make the proposals, which are under consultation during the spring.

We are aware a petition to save the Sixth Form has been set up on change.org and currently has over 150 supporters, however, we would encourage people to use the official consultation.

Mr Hughes stated : "None of our current Sixth Form students will have their studies adversely affected by these proposals. Nor will any St Joseph’s students in Key Stage 3 or 4 be deprived of any opportunities as a result of the proposals.

Academic outcomes have not been as strong in the Sixth Form as in Years 7 - 11. Changing the age range from 11 - 18 to 11 - 16 will allow resources to be focused on improving the learning experiences and outcomes for these students.

Our aim is to become an outstanding 11 - 16 Catholic College, and to do so, we believe that we must concentrate our energies, resources and expertise on that age range.”

Two information sessions have been scheduled for parents and will take place next Monday 27 March from 5pm – 5.45pm and from 7pm – 7.45pm. Thereafter parents have until 2 May to submit their feedback on the proposals via the College website or via forms available at the College reception.

 

 

College Closure Status

The College is currently open,

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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