St Joseph’s R.C. High School

and Sports College

St Joseph’s RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

School Information Regulations

All schools are required to publish the following information online.  If you have any queries with regards to any of the details below, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing office@st-josephs.bolton.sch.uk

 

Pupil Premium Information

Pupil Premium Grant Website Information November 2016

Pupil Premium Strategic Plan

 

School Improvement Plan

School Improvement Plan 2016-2017

 

Admission Arrangements

Admissions Policy 2017

 

Ofsted Report

St Joseph’s Ofsted Report June 2015

 

Section 48 RE Report

St Joseph’s Horwich final report

 

Policies and Notices

To view all of our policies Click Here

 

Performance Data

DfE Unique Reference Number (URN): 105262

To view last summer’s results  Click Here

Latest School Performance Tables for St. Joseph’s

http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/school.pl?urn=105262

 

Most recent Ofsted Report

http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/105262

 

Pupil Premium Information from DfE

https://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium/a0076063/pp

 

Holiday Pattern

Holiday Dates 2017-2018

 

In addition to the publication of our holiday patterns and our school year calendar online, we use a variety of alternative routes to engage parents, guardians and students in events happening at St. Joseph’s.  These include:

  • Paper letters and newsletters;
  • Electronic letters and newsletters;
  • Text messages;
  • A monthly school bulletin magazine which is produced online;
  • Social Media platforms Facebook and Twitter;
  • Parents’ Evenings;
  • Formal Reports;
  • The homework diary;
  • Tutor groups.

 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

If you feel your child has any Special Educational Needs or Disabilities please contact our SENCO Mrs Hawkrigg on 01204 697 456

SEND Information Report 2016

 

School Ethos and Values

We have a deep commitment to building a sense of community at St. Joseph’s – a community, which recognises the dignity and worth of each individual and fosters recognition of our responsibilities to each other and the wider world.

We aim to be a loving and reconciling community, based on mutual respect and tolerance. We try to live out our Christianity in our day to day dealings with each other. Children admitted to St. Joseph’s are expected to take a full and active part in the religious life of the school.

 

We celebrate feast days, and the holy seasons in the Church’s calendar. Prayers are said daily, and each week there are whole school and year assemblies. Opportunities to take part in voluntary Mass, the Rosary and Stations of the Cross are offered in our chapel.  Every pupil will study Religious Studies throughout the school, up to and including GCSE level. It is gratifying to note that surveys of pupils regularly rate Religious Studies as a subject in which they make significant progress.

 

The pupils are our greatest asset. Their response to the opportunities and high quality teaching available at St. Joseph’s results in a high level of academic performance and involvement in works of charity that we can all be justly proud of. They are involved in a high quality and extensive programme of voluntary community work, especially through our very active SVP Society.

 

We endeavour to ensure that each young person is able to achieve their full potential in terms of spiritual, intellectual and physical development, in a secure and safe environment.

 

At St. Joseph’s, we believe that the school should be at the heart of the community and through the acts of Christianity seen every day at the school, we can say that community is at the heart of the school.

 

Mission Statement

St. Joseph’s is a Voluntary Aided school in the trusteeship of the Salford Diocese, established in 1963 and conducted in accordance with the rites, practices and observances of the Roman Catholic Faith.

 

The School Mission Statement describes the distinctive nature of St. Joseph’s:

 

“Our school is a community where Jesus Christ is our role model and his message the guiding principle behind all we do. Every member of our community is responsible for creating an environment that is caring, fair and respectful of each individual. We develop our potential, celebrate our talents and go forward together in faith.”

 

Curriculum

We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which fulfills the requirements of the National Curriculum, and enable all learners to realise their full potential.

 

Key Stage 3

Most of our teaching groups in Key Stage 3 are mixed ability, though some subjects, notably Mathematics, English and Modern Foreign Languages may be taught in classes which are set according to the academic ability and performance of our learners. For other elements of the curriculum, however, setting is not considered to be necessary, and the school believes that a blend of the two approaches is the most effective way of providing a high quality academic and social education.  Technology is taught in smaller mixed ability groups.

 

Year 7

On admission to St. Joseph’s, learners are placed into mixed ability form groups, using information from our associated primary schools and their suggestions and analysis of the academic abilities of our learners.

After the first few weeks they are placed into Mathematics groups based on achievement.

 

During the first year at St. Joseph’s all students study:

Religious Education

English

Mathematics

Science (covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Citizenship

History

Geography

Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)

Physical Education

Design Technology

Drama

Art

Music

Programming and Computing

 

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education is delivered in tutorial time and in one off collapsed timetable such as the Respect Days.

 

Year 8

All subjects, apart from Mathematics and English are taught in mixed ability Form Groups. Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish) will be taught in their English ability groups. Technology, Drama, Art, Music and ICT are taught in smaller mixed ability groups.

 

During the second year at St. Joseph’s all students study:

Religious Education

English

Mathematics

Science (covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Citizenship

History

Geography

Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)

Physical Education

Design Technology

Drama

Art

Music

Programming and Computing

Design and Technology

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education is delivered in tutorial time and in one off collapsed timetable such as the Respect Days.

 

Year 9

All subjects, apart from Mathematics, English and Science are taught in mixed ability Form Groups. MFL is taught in the same groupings as English. Technology, Drama, Art, Music and ICT are taught in smaller mixed ability groups.

 

During the third year at St. Joseph’s all students study:

Religious Education

English

Mathematics

Science

Citizenship

History

Geography

Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)

Physical Education

Design Technology

Drama

Art

Music

Programming and Computing

 

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Careers Information, Advice and Guidance and Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education are delivered in tutorial time and in one off collapsed timetable days such as the Respect Days.

 

During Year 9, most students choose three subjects that they wish to study at Level 2 (GCSE).  Compulsory subjects include English, Maths, Dual Award Science, Religious Studies and core Physical Education.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and Year 11

In Key Stage 4 our pupils will follow courses in GCSE.  These two-year courses comprise of Compulsory Core subjects and Option Choice subjects.

 

In Key Stage 4, English and Mathematics students are set according to ability, RE and Science are taught in mixed groups within two ability bands.  Options subjects are taught in mixed groups.

 

Obviously GCSE provision at any given time depends on different factors, including government requirements, which are open to modification from time to time.

 

Our current arrangements are that all pupils will study a common core of:

Religious Education

Mathematics

English

English Literature (where appropriate for the student)

Science

Physical Education (non-examined compulsory non-GCSE course)

 

In addition to the core subjects, pupils can choose to study:

Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics individually)

History

Geography

Art

Music

Drama

Physical Education (GCSE Module)

Information and Communication Technology

Dance

French

Spanish

Law

Resistant Materials

Electronics

Programming

Product Design

Food Technology

BTEC Diplomas :-

– Hospitality and Catering

– iMedia

 

During Year 9, consultation between the Manager of Learning, Form Tutors, The Director of Standards, The Director of Student Services and interviews with Senior Leaders and parents ensures that the individual needs of each child are carefully considered. Following consultation the following may apply – some pupils may follow an alternative curriculum where one subject is replaced by a Foundation Learning Programme; some pupils will only study single award science and follow a Foundation Learning Programme; some pupils may followed a tailored vocational programme; some pupils may undertake an extended work experience programme. The opportunity for some pupils to undertake a fourth ‘stretch’ option may be appropriate and is carefully considered and informed by the relevant achievement criteria, subject aptitude and timetabling practicalities.

 

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Careers Information, Advice and Guidance and Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education are delivered in tutorial time and in one off collapsed timetable days such as the Respect Days. Fuller information relating to the Key Stage 4 curriculum can be found in the Curriculum Guide given to pupils and parents at the Information Evening in Year 9.

 

The vast majority of our learners successfully complete their GCSE course and, results have been outstanding over many years. Many of our learners go onto further education, studying A-Levels and Level 3 BTECs, many of whom then go to study at University and gain high quality degrees.  Some of our learners decide to enter the world of employment at 16 but whatever route they choose, they have the support and encouragement from school to help them succeed.