Parent & Pupil Voice

Here at St. Joseph’s High School, we are committed to ensuring that your children are both safe and happy; all our staff work exceptionally hard to ensure that this is indeed the case. We regularly take the views of both students and parents to ensure that we are doing ‘the right thing’.
We are happy to share the results of our most recent surveys, and as always, should you have any questions or concerns around the safety, happiness or progress of your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

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Paired Reading

As a school we are always looking for ways to help all children foster a love of reading, help children to become better readers and increase children’s interest and enjoyment in books. I am sure we would all agree how important it is for our children to develop a love of reading, without which, it would become much more difficult to access many areas of life.

We have introduced a paired reading initiative called ‘Passport to Reading’. In this programme, trained Year 10 students known as ‘Reading Pilots’ work with Year 7 pupils in registration time to provide supplemental reading that focuses on strategies and skills practice.

Here are the pupils in action. Well done to everyone taking part in the initiative.

BBC News School Report

BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

Our students were lucky enough to attend a master classes in ‘interviewing’ and ‘script-writing’ with Lauren Page, a BBC representative, who helped students develop their journalistic skills to become budding School Reporters.

In March, we will take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on our school website, to which the BBC aims to link. Watch this space!

Year 7 E-Safety

As part of our ongoing PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) program, all Year 7 students took part in an e-safety presentation by Mr Kinsella, Assistant head teacher and designated safeguarding lead in school.
Students now have a much greater understanding of important issues including, but not limited to, cyber-bullying, grooming, sexting, inappropriate content and online radicalisation. Students also watched a number of video clips and had the opportunity to share ideas, discuss, question and reflect.
The powerpoint that was used during the presentation is included below, should you wish to view and talk about the issues with your child.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions around e-safety.

Download (PPTX, 2.99MB)

To view full presentation including links, click the enlarge arrow in the top corner

Routes into Languages Taster Day at Lancaster University

Year 8 pupils attended a language taster day at Lancaster University recently. The day was very enjoyable and informative. The pupils learned a variety of phrases in different languages including Italian, Chinese and Latin. They also took part in a Chinese painting and drawing workshop.


Being a parent or carer is arguably one of the toughest, yet most rewarding jobs one can have. You are the primary care giver, the teacher, the social worker, the counselor, the cleaner, the chef, the financial advisor, the friend…

As parents, there may be occasions where you need support, advice or guidance on issues affecting the young people of today; E-safety, Child Sexual Expolitation, Mental Health issues and Self Harm are common concerns. There is a lot of information on this website under Parents>Advice & guidance.

As part of our work to support parents, there will be an informal Parent Voice Workshop, giving advice & guidance around Children’s Mental Health, Self harm and Suicide, on Wednesday 27th January 2016. This will take place here in St. Josephs High School, starting at 7pm prompt; I anticipate this to last for approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on questions.

If in the meantime you are worried your child may be unhappy, depressed or deliberately hurting themselves, then the attached link to YoungMinds is a FANTASTIC resource for information and support for parents and young people.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact me, or any member of staff in school.


Walking Football made its debut on the 18th of January at St Joseph’s School with the first session held in the Sports Hall.
Aimed at the over 50’s and designed to use the skills of the game but at a slower pace it really is a great Sport to play.
Having led the first session Sports Development Officer David Wise said “The idea of playing the game at walking pace is strange but it
really is a good work out as you need to be passing and moving all the time”. “Tactics play a much larger part and the skill levels remain high as well”.
“In fact, it would be a good idea if children played this way in training as it really encourages players to keep the ball down and play
the game properly”.
The sessions are held every Monday evening at 5pm to 6pm with a cost of £1 per session. Anyone wanting to book a place should contact David on 07742547767.

Smartphone Guidance

Many of our young people will have received a smartphone or similar for Christmas – indeed they are the must have gift on most children’s Christmas list.
To help support parents and guardians in ensuring their children are as safe online as possible, particularly when using smart devices in the privacy of their bedrooms, there is a multitude of information, advice and guidance, including links to specific and specialist  E-safety websites in the links above.
Please click the above tabs: Safeguarding>E-Safety or Parents>Advice & Guidance>Cyber Bullying.
Further, research unfortunately suggests that 70% of children’s mobile phones are unmonitored by parents/guardians, but even more concerning is that there is compelling evidence to show that up to 25% of children has created or been sent indecent images or text, known as a ‘Sext’ message. To help prevent this, I would like to bring to your attention an App called ‘SelfieCop’ which is the first parental control to focus exclusively on deterring Sexting, by tracking children’s camera activity. Important Note: The designers of this App have no links to our school whatsoever, nor do we gain anything from promoting it, apart from the fact that it may help prevent a young person making a silly mistake, that could affect the rest of their lives.
Click on the picture below to take you to the SelfieCop website for more information.
If you have any questions or concerns around e-safety, please contact the school.
Mr Kinsella