The Headteacher’s Welcome

head2I am delighted to be able to write in this newsletter as the new Headteacher of St Joseph’s. All the staff and pupils have made me feel very welcome and I feel privileged to be joining your community. St Joseph’s was judged by Ofsted to be a “Good” school in April 2016 and this is a very firm basis on which we can aspire to improve further. Since my appointment I have had the opportunity to visit on several occasions and to meet with Mr Ryan. students and staff. I would like to say thank you to Mr Ryan for his support in ensuring the transition to new Headteacher was as smooth as possible.

St Joseph’s has a Mission Statement which is summarised in the statement: ‘We will challenge you to aim high. We expect you to succeed.” The Mission Statement in full is displayed in the foyer area of school and it is this that I first noticed when I visited St Joseph’s for the first time. My priority as Headteacher will be to ensure that the promises to staff and parents contained in the statement are lived through all that we do. I will ensure that St Joseph’s becomes the best it can be.

I have two priorities this half-term: I want to get to know all the pupils. staff and school community as soon as possible and I want to quickly identify the key priorities and actions needed to move forward. I want to ensure we are able to meet the needs of all our students so that they can achieve their full potential in their spiritual. academic. creative. personal and physical development.

We are very pleased with the 10% increase in our GCSE results this year. This is due to the hard work of our Year 11 students and staff and due also to the tremendous support of our parents. We are pleased that St Joseph’s exam results are improving despite the national trend being downwards. We do realise that it is becoming more difficult to achieve higher grades so we are very happy that our students’ A and A* results have also increased. Well done to all of our students! I want to welcome the parents of our Year 7 students to St Joseph’s. The wonderful welcome our 142 new students have received is as a resultofcareful planning between St Joseph’s and our primary schools and I would like to thank our primary colleagues for their care in ensuring a careful transition.

I would like to thank all our parents for your continued commitment and support towards the staff and pupils of the school and I look forward to working with you throughout my first academic year at St Joseph’s.

J Kennedy