Welcome from the Deputy Head Pastoral

I am delighted to have been appointed Deputy Head Pastoral in the Senior School of St Joseph's. Mr Matthews and I are ardent in our desire to build on its well established reputation and lead it to ever greater success.

That success, as in any school, depends on the careful balance between academic and pastoral principles and Mr Matthews and I intend to work closely to nurture an environment in which pupils feel secure to develop into confident, competent, balanced individuals.

On all our promotional literature you will see that it is our aim to give our pupils a Firm Foundation For Life so that, when they leave us, they are well equipped for whatever challenges come next. To this end we provide opportunity in an intellectually stimulating environment for high aspiration and achievement for all our pupils. Our excellent examination results bely the fact that we are, in fact, non-selective. These results are possible because of the strong work ethic encouraged in our pupils and the outstanding dedication of our staff who focus on pupils’ individual needs, enabling them to be the very best they can be.

Our pupils are inspired by an outstanding Prefect Team, led by our Head Boy and Head Girl. They lead by example and provide all pupils with the opportunity to contribute to the development of their school through the Student Council.

There is a tangible sense of community here at St Joseph's, supported by our pastoral care system; pupils care about each other, the staff and their environment. Visitors to St Joseph’s often comment on the positive, caring atmosphere that pervades the school. Pupils are encouraged to develop a strong moral compass and embrace local, national and global responsibility.

Our St Joseph’s education offers a wealth of opportunity for your sons and daughters to take that responsibility, become leaders and engage in exciting and interesting clubs and activities both in and out of school. The pupils are challenged in their academic, sporting, creative and technological lives and supported in taking risks in our secure environment, allowing them to develop an understanding of the benefits of failure and the importance of service to others.

Our pupils are encouraged to be confident and fluent users of new technologies enabling them to rapidly deepen their learning. Students are balanced in their approach to their whole education, focusing on well-being as well as personal achievement. Pastoral care and a dedication to safeguarding in its widest sense underpin this.

We warmly invite you to come and experience the warmth, vitality and essence of what is St Joseph’s. For us, any day is Open Day and we would be delighted to welcome you to our school. Please do email us if you have any query relating to The Senior School.

Rosemary O’Brien 
Deputy Head Pastoral