St. Joseph's Catholic College

Pastoral Care



Here at St. Joseph’s we are very proud of our pastoral care, highlighted in our most recent Ofsted report as a support network which is “ outstanding and comprehensive system... track(ing) the progress of all students, and...enabling teachers to monitor how well they are doing and make appropriate interventions to support them."

What is pastoral care and how does it work at the College?

Emotional health is at the heart of being ready to learn, and getting the most out of every lesson and opportunity.

Pastoral care at St. Joseph’s aims to support the emotional health of every student, whilst still maintaining acceptable behaviour standards. We encourage the best in everyone by:

  • Promoting and sustaining the highest standards of behaviour from everyone, so that the aims of the College will be achieved and we can learn in a safe and ordered environment.
  • Creating a clear structure of rewards and consequences, which everyone at the College is aware of and works to.
  • Developing an ethos of success for all.

In order to achieve these aims teaching staff and assistants work closely with Tutors, Student Managers, Counsellors, Mentors, the College Nurse and First Aider, and the Attendance Officer to ensure every student receives the right level of help and guidance, fitting their individual needs and circumstance.

The success of our pastoral care rests on the agreed understanding that discipline is the shared responsibility of all.  In order to uphold our College values, rewards and sanctions are consistently applied by staff to all students. In this way we can nurture the right kind of behaviour, one that is essential to a successful learning community.

Young Carers

Young Carers are children and young people whose lives are affected by looking after someone at home. They are carrying out tasks and responsibilities which are additional to those appropriate for their age. The person they look after may have one or more of the following:

• Physical disability
• Mental health issues
• Learning difficulties
• Alcohol or drug misuse
• Long-term illness

The person they care for may be a parent, sibling, or grandparent and the care they give may be physical and/or emotional. Young Carers' responsibilities may include:

• Personal care (e.g. bathing, dressing, feeding)
• Giving or prompting medication/injections
• Shopping
• Housework
• Emotional support
• Looking after younger siblings
• Budgeting and paying bills

At St. Joseph's we aim to be an inclusive community and seek to remove any barriers to access, participation, progression, attainment and achievement. We recognise that young carers are often carrying out tasks and responsibilities which are additional to those appropriate for their age. To ensure that young carers can access the support available to them, the College has appointed a designated young carer Coordinator, Mrs Vincent. For further information on the support in College she can be contacted her on 01793 714200. There is also additional information on the Swindon Young Carers website.

Young carers