St Joseph's Catholic High School
Cumbria, United Kingdom
About St Joseph's Catholic High School
In 1929, St Joseph's Catholic High School was established by parishioners to serve the town of Workington and we are very proud to be continuing to educate students across this area ninety years later. We are a 'Good' school and have recently achieved our best ever results. This is a really good time to be joining our school.
Our priority is to ensure that the school continues to aim to be Outstanding.
St Joseph's is a school which is constantly seeking to improve whilst keeping the traditional Christian values. Our mission is to create an environment that brings out the best in our pupils, year after year.
Central to everything that happens at St Joseph’s are our students. Staff have sought to ensure that every student is valued and listened to. Relationships between staff, students and parents are strong. We are proud of our ‘family feel’.
Our staff work very hard to maintain our Catholic Ethos and are dedicated to our students. Relationships are central to our Mission Statement. Students know we expect the very best in behaviour and attitudes and they respond well.
Where possible, we are working on Staff Development with other schools. Appraisal is well established and all targets match the current school priorities. We have also joined other Catholic Schools in our area to deliver training as part of the Catholic Teaching Alliance.
We take every opportunity to develop our building and are proud of the resources and facilities available to young people at St Joseph’s. We invested over £2m in recent developments including a new sports hall and pastoral suite.
The school is situated two minutes’ walk from the town centre of Workington. Whilst the site is compact it is very conveniently situated and is used every evening and at weekends by the wider community for Adult Education, Sport and fitness, meetings, Youth Attendance Centre.
General information on the area
The school is situated very close to the Lake District National Park which has recently become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over 50% of the teaching staff are from outside Cumbria, choosing to live and work in the county because of the benefits Cumbria brings: fabulous scenery, easy commuting, house prices to suit all budgets, plenty to do and see and great schools. It is a an area with a lot to offer, especially for families and those who like the outdoors and getting away from city life. Cumbria also has a good reputation for food and drink, home to many well-known brands and good restaurants and hotels. There is a Theatre at Keswick which has an excellent year round programme and in addition to this Carlisle, Newcastle and Manchester are easily reached by car and train.
Because Cumbria is also renowned for its low crime rate, friendly communities, old fashioned manners and values, it is a fantastic place to teach, raise a family, grow an inspiring career and pursue a wide variety of passions. This is why a large proportion of our staff who have come to work in Cumbria have made it their home.
'Teaching is good.Teachers are knowledgeable about their subjects and they provide suitable stretch and challenge for students'.- Ofsted 2016
So far during my NQT year at St Josephs, I have gained a wealth of experience in teaching in my subject area as well as carrying out a pastoral role as a form tutor.- Ellie Doran - NQT
Pupils are provided with a range of opportunities throughout their time at St Joseph's which develop self-confidence and self-esteem- Miss JA Kennedy - Headteacher
Staff and pupils relate very positively towards one another. These supportive relationships underpin pupils' good attitudes to learning- Ofsted 2016