St Joseph’s School Sports Development Officer Mr Wise is very excited to announce that he will be following on from 4 weeks of sports activities over the Summer holidays with another exciting week of Sporting action over the October half term holidays.

Although the differences that we put in place over the Summer are still the same we are again determined to provide a high energy week of educational, competitive and fun Sport.

Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and the need to adhere to strict Government and Sport England guidance places will be limited and we can only take full week bookings although the expansion of available places as well as one-day bookings might be available if restrictions are lifted in due course.

Mr Wise has listed below the plans for the week, what we are offering, the costs and how to book:

DATES: Monday the 26th to Friday the 30th of October 2020.

AGE GROUPS: Ages 4 to 6

Ages 7 and over

PLACES AVAILABLE: 15 places per group (working with 1 Coach per group).

ACTIVITIES & LOCATION: ALL sessions will be Multi Sports (a mixture of lots of different Sports such as Football, Dodgeball, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket etc) and will take part in the Sports Hall or on the Astro pitch.

COST & TIMES: Each day will be from 10am to 2pm

Cost for the whole week is £60.00 per child. This must be paid in advance to secure your child’s place.

BOOKING: To make a booking either call Mr Wise on 07742547767 or email:david.wise@sjchs.uk.

Once booked on Mr Wise will be in touch to arrange safe collection of your booking fees.

Places will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis with reserve lists created in case restrictions are lifted and we are allowed to allocate more places.

A final message from Mr Wise:

“After a difficult period where we missed out on hosting camps at Easter and Whit we had the very best of times over the Summer holidays”. “The children were brilliant, the Sport we played was awesome and everyone had such fun”. “ We are determined to replicate that this time”!

“Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible”!

Learners of the Week

Our learner of the week for KS3 is Mason Anderson-Semple. He was nominated by English as his work has been fantastic since the beginning of term. He has been pushing himself every single lesson to make progress and is always willing to contribute to class discussion. Well done Mason!
For KS4 the learner of the week is Dakota-Jade Read . She was nominated by Child Development for a consistently positive attitude to learning. Well done Dakota-Jade!
Well done to all the nominees

Learners of the Week

Our learner of the week for KS3 is Ashton Neil. Ashton overheard another student stating that the work was hard and offered to show them how to do it. He then asked the rest of the class if they needed help and assisted three more students. Well done Ashton!

For KS4 the learner of the week is Paige Jackson. She was nominated by English; however, Paige’s work has been outstanding in all lessons since the beginning of term. Numerous members of staff have commented on Paige’s attitude positive to learning and the fantastic effort she is putting into her work. Well done Paige!

Well done to all the nominees, every week there have been lots of deserving students to choose from. Keep up the good work everyone!

Learners of the week

Our learner of the week for KS3 is Lewis Kane. He was nominated by History for making a great start to lessons, being keen and enthusiastic with lots of questions to ask. His homework has completed and he working hard in class. Well done Lewis!

For KS4 the learner of the week is Faye Hall . She was nominated by English for working extremely well since the start of the year. She is showing a willingness to learn and is consistently developing her ideas in English and making links to prior lessons as well as links to the play. Miss Doran very impressed with Faye’s work so far. Well done Faye!

Well done to both winners and all the nominees.

Learners of the Week

Our learner of the week for KS3 is Caleb Bird. He was nominated by Science for the contributions he makes to the lessons and a great start to the year.
For KS4 the learner of the week is Taylor Bromley. He was nominated by Maths for being excellent in lessons and a great start to the school year.

Well done to both winners and all the nominees.

Return to school and managing Coronavirus

We are delighted that we have been able to start our new term at St Joseph’s with all of our staff and students back on site.  We are aware that this will be a stressful time for students and parents, but you will see from our posts and website that we are doing everything possible to keep our school community safe.

However, there may be an instance where students or staff display symptoms of Covid 19 and where this is the case, we will follow the Government and Public Health England guidance (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus)

Covid 19: What to do if symptoms appear:

  • If symptoms appear outside of school the student or staff must stay home and contact school asap.
  • If symptoms appear in school students and staff will be sent home.
  • Staff and students with symptoms must self-isolate and arrange a test asap.
  • Self-isolation must continue for ten days or until a negative test.
  • A negative test means the student and staff member can return. Please let us know to expect the student back.

Please be aware that our staff are not medical professionals and so we rely on students’ integrity in reporting symptoms.

What should I do if I am a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • If you have been informed that you are a contact, self-isolate at home for 14 days from the date of your last contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Self-isolation means stay at home and do not leave the house for 14 days. It is very important that you follow this advice even if you feel well, as symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear from your last contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Self-isolating in this way will help protect your family, friends, the wider community and the NHS.

I think I have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but I have not been notified and advised to self-isolate. What should I do?

  • Contacts who need to self-isolate will be notified and advised accordingly by the NHS Test and Trace service.If you have not been notified, this means you do not need to self-isolate. If you are concerned that you may have symptoms of coronavirus, or you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, follow the Stay at Home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance).

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, then use the NHS 111 online COVID-19 service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms again at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household) then you must follow the guidance on self-isolation again.

We will keep you informed of any confirmed cases in our school community and our next steps.

Miss Kennedy

Message from Miss Kennedy

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your patience whilst we formulated on our policy on face coverings.

  • Although we have a one way movement policy, we have decided it will be safer if students wear masks for movement between lessons. This will not be required if students are  going straight outside on their way to their next class. (Our one way system does take students outside, giving students a chance for fresh air and a few minutes break between classes. Students can have a snack between lessons also.)
  • Masks are not required outside but will need to be worn as students re-enter the building.
  • Once seated in the next classroom, students may remove their masks.
  • Masks must be sensible. We would prefer masks that don’t have faces on them, for example.
  • We know that students might forget sometimes. If this happens, we will just remind them.
  • Staff will also wear masks when moving at lesson change-over.

We do understand that there will be some students who will be exempt from wearing masks. That is fine. Parents just need to let us know.

Parents should contact the relevant Head of Year and let us know if you wish your student to be exempted. Just give us your child’s name.

Year 7: Mrs Eldon: Mary.Eldon@sjchs.uk
Year 8 and Year 9: Mr Stuart: Todd.Stuart@sjchs.uk
Year 10 Mrs Hodgson: Kate.Hodgson@sjchs.uk
Year 11 Ms Donaldson: Holly.Donaldson@sjchs.uk

Looking forward to seeing your children next week. Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Kennedy

The dates of the return to school (+ Video)

The dates of the return to school.

  • Year 7 and Year 11 will begin on Wednesday 2nd September.
  • Site will open at 8.30.
  • Year 7 may come onto the front yard from 8.30. School starts at 8.50 for Year 7 only.
  • Year 7 will be guided as to what to do when the bell goes. They will be with their tutor for the first part of the day.
  • Year 11 come onto the front yard from 9.50. Line up is at 10.00.
  • Lessons will start after break.


Thursday 3rd September

  • Site will open at 8.30. School starts at 8.50. Be in the yard by the 8.47 bell.
  • Year 7 will come onto Lawson’s yard. They will be shown where this is on Wednesday 2 Sept.
  • Year 8 will come on the front yard.
  • Year 9 will come onto the astro-turf.
  • Year 10 will come onto the yard next to Technology. The gate on Harrington Rd will be open.
  • Year 11 will go straight through to the Hall.
  • On the 8.47 bell Year 11 will go to tutor. All others will line up in tutor groups ready for tutor time.

Government advice update

Dear Parents,

As you know the advice around masks changed yesterday.

I will read the advice this morning and discuss what we need to do with staff and Governors.

I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience as we try to keep up with Government advice changing on a regular basis.