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St. Joseph's Catholic College

A Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to St Joseph’s Catholic College. When speaking to prospective parents I usually start with the question what do we want for our children? Our answer in St Joseph’s is that we want them to be happy and we want them to achieve to their full potential. Our aim is to provide a caring and supportive environment in which each individual can progress academically, spiritually and culturally.

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  • College closes for students +

    Wednesday, 18th October - 4:00pm Read More
  • College re-opens for students +

    Monday, 30th October Read More
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Plans to combine Holy Cross Primary and St Joseph’s College into a Multi-Academy Trust

Further to our letter of 13 July 2017, and to the article in the Swindon Advertiser on 14 July 2017, Mr Hughes and Mr McAteer announce plans to combine Holy Cross Primary School with St Joseph’s Catholic College from September 2017.

We have submitted an application to the Department of Education to combine St Joseph’s Catholic College with Holy Cross Primary School into a Multi-Academy Trust. As Mr McAteer retires from his position as head of Holy Cross at the end of the summer term, from September 2017 Mr Hughes will become Executive Head of both Holy Cross Primary School and St Joseph’s Catholic College.

The geographical proximity of the two schools, our shared ethos and mission in the Catholic faith, plus the fact that Holy Cross is an important feeder school for St Joseph’s, provide convincing reasons for the schools to join together under one Trust.

There are other substantial benefits associated with our application to become a Multi-Academy Trust, which many Catholic and non-Catholic schools around the country are also pursuing.

These include:

  • Pooled resources to achieve economies of scale

  • More strategic planning by governors

  • Shared accountability for constant improvement in pupil attainment

  • Shared thinking and best practice between school leaders

  • Improved staff retention and succession

  • Richer curricular and extra-curricular activities

  • Shared professional development resources

The integrity and traditions of each individual school will be respected and upheld, and there will be no change to the name of either school, the timing of the school day, admission arrangements or term dates.

From September the current Deputy Head of each school will become Head of School, responsible for the day to day academic and pastoral life of the school, and will be the first point of contact for parents.

Our schools are on the cusp of an exciting new era. We thank Mr McAteer for his dedication to Holy Cross and its pupils and we wish him a very happy retirement.

 

Mass for Education

On Tuesday 27th June, Mrs Vincent, Mrs Almeida, Mr Hughes and students from the college went to represent the school at the Mass for Catholic Education at Clifton Cathedral. Many other Catholic schools were present at the mass that was celebrated by Bishop Declan. The mass was about the importance of education in our lives. It gave us time to reflect how lucky we are to have the opportunity to learn, unlike other children in the world. Overall, it was a great experience and we had a brilliant time.

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Multi-academy Trust

Dear Parents and Carers

Governors of St Joseph’s and the Governors of Holy Cross Primary School have been exploring the option of federating with a view to becoming a multi-academy trust. This means that the two schools who have a common Catholic ethos will effectively operate as one, with an Executive Headteacher and a strategic board of Governors overseeing the work of both schools. Many schools in Swindon, and indeed throughout the country, have successfully adopted this model of school organisation with positive advantages for pupils and staff.

Please click here to view the rest of the letter.

 

College Closure Status

The College is currently open,

Please click here for the College closure procedure.

Free School Meals

Claiming for free school meals (FSM) means that the College can also get up to £900 of additional funding per child for uniform, equipment and educational trips, all items your child will benefit from. Our card payment system also makes being on FSM discrete and anonymous. We are all living through challenging times financially so if you think your circumstances make your child eligible for FSM please apply using the form below or call 01793 714201.

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