Important Changes in School

As you will be aware, in Education there is constant change and we do our best in school to manage the pace and introduction of changes so that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

During this year there have been a number of issues that have been under discussion in school and we are now at the point of being able to inform you of the changes that will be taking place, some of which will be with almost immediate effect and others will be implemented from September 2015.

Moving to a 3 year Key Stage 4

From September 2015, pupils in our current Year 8 will begin their GCSE courses and they will be invited to make their GCSE choices just after Easter.

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New Laser Cutter for the D&T department

The D&T department now have a brand new Laser cutter to compliment our exisiting CNC machinery.


The Laser will be able to cut and engrave a wide range of materials including plastics, wood based materials including plywood, MDF and card, leather, fabric and we’ve heard of some people engraving onto orange peel!

The Laser allows a much finer degree of detail than our current CNC machinery and also an increase in speed of production.  Students ability to work with the Laser independently is also much easier.

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Many thanks to all those involved in funding the Laser and its installation especially Mrs Sessford.

We’re looking forward to seeing some amazing designs from all our D&T and Art students.

Internet Guide for Parents

‘We know some parents feel confused by the internet – out of their depth, and out of control. Share Aware – the NSPCC campaign for parents of children aged 8-14 – will help to reassure you, and give you everything you need to keep your children safe.

There is straightforward, no-nonsense advice that will untangle the web, and show you how you can be just as great a parent online, as you are the rest of the time. The internet is a great place for children to be. Being Share Aware makes it safer’

Please take time to look at the following links:

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Calling all budding Computer Scientists!

We’ve set up a new Department of Computing Blog to bring you the latest, mind-bogglingly exciting news about Computing technologies and how they shape the world around us!

We’ll be updating it all the time, so there’ll always be something interesting to get your head around.

Want to recommend an article? Email us with an idea or a link and we’ll post it right up there!

Click on the link above, or go to the Department of Computing on the St. Joseph’s Website.


The Your Life campaign – Formula 100 competition

The Your Life campaign was launched in November 2014 to increase interest in Maths and Physics A Levels.
Maths and Physics are exciting subjects to study as well as choices that can unlock careers full of opportunity, especially with students who do not consider themselves scientists. Technical skills will be crucial for the businesses of tomorrow and in a surprising range of occupations from fashion and sport to film and design.

Your Life’s goal is to raise the uptake of Maths and Physics A Level by 50% over the next three years, ensuring that young people have the Maths and Science skills crucial to succeeding in the jobs of the future.

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Free School Meals

Free School Meals really do matter, yet too many children who are entitled to Free School Meals are not registered for them or choose not to eat them. Many parents do not even realise that their child is entitled to a free school meal.  School meals are a good way to make sure that a child eats well at lunchtime. By claiming Free School Meals, parents can save time and money.

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Lancaster University Language Taster Day

26 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.

Congratulations Carrot Reward Winners

Carrot Rewards Dec 14

Well done to all the latest merit reward winners, especially to Hannah Kurzyk O’Donnell, who achieved the highest number of merits this term and won £40 worth of iTunes, Next and Debenhams vouchers.

Keep working hard, earning merits and remember to log your codes on My Stickers. There will be more amazing prizes up for grabs next term!