At St Joseph’s College, we are committed to the development and wellbeing of the whole young person, not just their academic attainment. Alongside their academic development, we want to ensure that as many barriers preventing them reaching their potential are removed. This means educating students in their social and emotional needs along with self-management and discipline.
As a result of this, we have a Life Skills curriculum that educates students on a variety of safeguarding and health issues. Students also have access to an on-site counsellor and a number of external agencies come in to support students with a variety of issues and emotional well-being.
We are also in the process of developing information evenings for parents and carers to help you understand and deal with all the issues faced by young people today.
In order to achieve the highest possible level of success in all areas of student development, the College relies on the support and engagement of parents and carers. If there is any support that you specifically require more information about or you have any questions please do let us know.
The Life Skills programme is central to the life and ethos of the entire School. Indeed, it could be argued that the whole of the school day is involved in supporting pupils in developing not only the skills but also the knowledge and understanding they will need to manage their lives. Both inside and outside the classroom all members of the St Joseph's College community are working together to raise pupils into young adults who are prepared and keen to take their places in society.
Formalising the learning of Life Skills into a curriculum taught in lesson time has several aims, including supporting pupils to be healthy, to stay safe, to enjoy and achieve, to make a positive contribution and to achieve eventual economic well-being. Lessons provide pupils with the time and the opportunity to reflect upon their roles and responsibilities, at school and in the wider community; becoming adept and knowledgeable underpins the pupils’ confidence to form and express their own opinions, whilst respecting those of others. Through actively contributing to the life of the school and the surrounding community, pupils’ sense of belonging, self-worth and responsibility is embedded and enhanced. The Life Skills programme naturally links closely and overlaps with other curriculum subjects, including Science, Religious Studies, Thinking Skills, Current Affairs and PE.
All year groups start the academic year by considering the ‘ethos’ of their own Form, which rules and targets will help achieve this ethos, and what each individual member’s input should be to help achieve those targets. Pupils are also encouraged to take a realistic look at their own personal expectations for the forthcoming year, considering again their strengths and weaknesses and how these have developed over the past year. Pupils are encouraged to consider what it is like to live in a diverse community. They also think about their personal appearance and about family and peer pressure, particularly in relation to smoking, alcohol and drugs.
Teachers are not entirely restricted to the Key Stage 3 and Key Sage 4 curriculum shown below and will adapt their planning to reflect their pupils’ needs and local priorities.
Key Stage 3 Program
Key Stage 4 Program
Key Stage 5 Program (to follow)