Learning with Jesus, to be the best we can be.
- We aim to grow in knowledge and friendship with God
- We, the governors, the Headteacher and the staff will uphold the Catholic Values of our school life
- We will feel compassion for others in difficulties
- We aim for a welcoming, Christian atmosphere
- We live our lives according to Gospel values, following the examples of the Saints
- We will achieve the best we can academically, spiritually and in everything we do
- We will work in partnership with our families, our parish, other schools and our diocese to create a community of faith
- We welcome other faiths working in harmony with Catholic traditions
- We will deliver a high standard of Religious Education which will be reflected in all of our teaching
- Prayer and Collective Worship will be at the heart of our school life and we will enjoy regular visits from our parish priest who leads us in our spiritual development
- We will care for our world and everything in it
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The designated persons for Child Protection are: Mrs Robinson (designated safeguarding lead), Miss Lister and Miss Jones.
For all St. Joseph's Safeguarding Policies - please go to the school policies page, under the 'our school' tab.
Feeling Safe, Feeling Secure
Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Parent and carers should know that the law (Children Act 2006) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare. This includes risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
Generally, the staff will seek to discuss any concerns with parents and carers, and where possible, seek their consent to a referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. Schools will seek advice form Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents and carers will appreciate that the designated person for child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
St. Joseph's is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
Mrs Robinson, our Head Teacher is the school’s designated lead member of staff for child protection and safeguarding. Miss Lister, the deputy, and Miss Jones, the Assistant Head are also responsible for safeguarding and are 'named people' for child protection. This means that if you have a concern about your own or another child, you should speak to one of these members of staff.
Class teachers, in consultation with these staff members are all responsible for pastoral care. If you have a concern, do not keep it to yourself!
If you need to talk to someone about something that is worrying you, we also have Christine from Catholic Care, who is experienced in counselling and social care. She comes to school on Monday afternoons and you can make an appointment to see her if you wish.
Government safeguarding guidelines:
'Prevent' leaflet for parents
Here is a list of websites where you can find further information, help or advice on a number of issues. These websites are not suitable for children and should be used by adults requiring information only.