Dear Parent/ Guardian,
The purpose of this booklet is to provide you with some
information about our school. At St. Joseph’s Juniors, we try to
do our best to ensure that all children have the opportunity to
achieve what potential they have. At the same time we are
committed to making the pupils’ time in our school enjoyable as
well as profitable. Our experience has shown that children
perform better where there is a strong partnership between
home and school. Therefore, we positively encourage
parents/guardians to support and help us in making the children’s
education a worthwhile and valuable experience which they will
remember with fondness for the rest of their lives.
From all the staff at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Junior School.
Name of Headteacher Mr. M. O’Brien
Name and Address St. Joseph’s Cathedral Junior School
of School Caepistyll Street
Telephone Number 01792 653609
Fax Number 01792 630934
E-Mail Address St.Josephs.rcjuniorschool@ swansea-edunet.gov.uk
Age Range of Pupils 7 – 11
Number on Roll 365
Chair of Governors Mr. W. Kavanagh
Local Education Authority City and County of Swansea
Director of Education Mr Richard Parry
Telephone Number 01792 636000
The Governing Body
The School Governors together with the Headteacher, make decisions
about how the school is run. They meet at least once a term. School
governors are: parents, Local Council representatives, parish community
representatives and staff from the school. They have legal duties, powers
and responsibilities. They can only act together, not individually. Parent
governors are elected by the parents of the school. They serve, as do other
governors, for a period of four years.
Name Status Term of Office expires
Mr. M. O’Brien Headteacher
Mr. P. Nolan Foundation Governor May 2011.
Mr. W. Kavanagh Foundation Governor July 2012
Miss. M.C. Pitson Foundation Governor July 2012
Mrs. K. Walker Foundation Governor July 2012
Mrs. M. Davis Foundation Governor July 2011
Cannon. M. Flook Foundation Governor October 2012
Dr.D. Doherty Foundation Governor July 2012
Cllr. E. Kirchner LEA Governor January 2014
Mr. N. Courtney Elected Teacher Governor January 2011
Mr. S. Lynch Elected Staff Governor March 2012
Mr. N. Davies Elected Parent Governor May 2012
Clerk to Governors: Mrs. M. Patterson
Staff at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Junior School
Mrs M O’Brien Headteacher
Mr N Courtney Deputy Headteacher and Year 4 Teacher
Mrs H Horgan Year 6 Teacher
Mrs V Stewart Year 6Teacher
Mrs M Davies Year 6 Teacher
Mrs F Cosgrove Year 6 Teacher
Mrs C Sheehy Year 5 Teacher
Miss C Jenkins Year 5 Teacher
Miss R Kirkwood Year 5 Teacher
Mrs C Appleby Year 4 Teacher
Mrs R Saer Year 4 Teacher
Mrs C Griffiths Year 4Teacher
Mrs M Jones Year 3 Teacher
Miss T Hacche Year 3 Teacher
Mrs D Martin Year 3 Teacher
Mrs F O’Brien SENCO/Support Teacher
School Clerk – Mrs M Patterson
ICT Technical Support – Mr S Lynch
Mrs C Corbett (SEN Support), Mrs R Mullan (PPA - ICT), Mrs L Hackett
(PPA – ART/DT), Mrs C Abbott (SEN/Classroom Support).
Mrs V Nolan, Mrs H Cooney, Mr R Matthews, Mrs S Smith, Mrs D Carney,
Miss L Martin, Mrs A Phillips, Mr D Webster, Mrs S McGrotty, Mrs H
Collins, Mrs K Collins, Mrs C Townley.
School Cook – Mrs D Thomas,
Lunchtime Supervisory Assistants
Mrs G Symmons (Senior Supervisor), Mrs C Carty, Mrs B Quick, Mrs P
Sims, Mrs K Jones, Mrs A Phillips, Mrs K Collins, Mrs C Corbett, Mr R
Caretaker – Mr J Evans
Breakfast Club Staff
Mrs G Symmons (Cook), Mrs J Kavanagh (Cook), Mrs L Hackett, Mr R
Matthews, Mrs C Corbett, Mrs H Tanner, Mrs C Carty.
Mr R Leigh and Mrs N Richards are our EMLAS support teachers. We are
also supported by a variety of bilingual support workers.
Mrs D Holland
Welsh as a Second Language
Mrs A Streefland, Athrawes Bro,
Our Mission Statement
Living Witness to Christ
Prepare pupils to become productive Christians through Gospel values within
a School community that develops the whole child by:- integrating
spirituality with pupils’ moral, intellectual, social, cultural and physical
Provide a nurturing environment in which our children will develop in mind,
spirit and body. Every child will be encouraged to achieve their full
potential through a truly inclusive learning environment which values
attainment and achievement in equal measures
Encourage love, acceptance, trust and respect for others and give them the
basic skills and knowledge that will permit them to become lifelong learners
To provide a broad, balanced, relevant Curriculum which provides
structured learning experiences which focus on the needs of individual
pupils and present it in a multimedia way
To continually reflect and evaluate the progress of the school within a
culture of trust, honesty and openness, so that the quality of teaching and
learning within our school continues to improve
Aims of the School
At St. Joseph’s Cathedral Junior School our Pupils’ aims are:
To make everyone feel special
Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself
To be tolerant, helpful and kind
To work together as a team
To follow our Golden Rules
Try our best all the time and never give up
Be proud of our school and community
To be reflective, resourceful and resilient
To look after our environment
Pupils are organised into co-educational mixed ability classes according to
age. For the academic Year 2009/2010 the classes are organised as
Age 7 – 8 Three Year 3 Classes
Age 8 – 9 Three Year 4 Classes
Age 9 – 10 Three Year 5 Classes
Age 10 – 11 Four Year 6 Classes
Joining the School
The Governing Body is the Admissions Authority for the school and its
criteria for Admission are:
1. All Catholic Children
2. Siblings of children already attending the school
3. Christian children of other denominations whose parents are in
sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school
4. Children of other faiths whose parents are in sympathy with the aims
and ethos of the school
In all of the above categories Looked After Children (LAC) will be given
priority. Parents/guardians of children seeking to join the school in other
years, should contact the Headteacher.
Starting school is a very important time for you, your child and the school.
We all need to work together to make the transition smooth and rewarding.
The New Curriculum is grounded in active learning and the development of
subject specific and thinking skills. Parents/guardians can play a major role
in fostering good attitudes to learning, developing good language skills and
promoting good behaviour.
Joining the School later on
Sometimes children join the school when the term has started or later on
in their school life. We make every effort to make sure that they are
welcomed, looked after and monitored so that they quickly make friends
and find their way around the school. Teachers give pupils time to settle in
before making an assessment of their academic ability. This assessment,
together with records from the previous school will enable your child to
have the best start in our school. Parents and carers are asked to contact
the school if their child has a problem settling. We are keen to promote an
active partnership with parents.
Moving On – Transfer to Secondary School
At the end of their junior school career, children transfer to a secondary
school. The vast majority of our children go on to Bishop Vaughan, a mixed
(11-18) Catholic Comprehensive School. Our school has particularly close
links with Bishop Vaughan and there is close liaison between the teaching
staff of the schools. Each year, Year 6 children spend time in their new
school working with the new teachers, meeting new friends and getting to
know their new school. This is seen as a very positive process ensuring a
Morning Session 8.50am - 12 noon
Afternoon Session 12.50pm - 3.25pm
Registration takes place from 8.50 to 9.00am and from 12.50 to 12.55pm.
Parents are requested to ensure that the children are punctual as late
arrivals may disrupt the on task time of other pupils.
The total time spent on teaching during the normal school week in Key stage
2 is twenty three and a half hours. This includes time spent on Religious
Education but excludes the statutory daily act of collective worship,
registration and breaks (including lunch). The recommended minimum laid
down by the Welsh Office is twenty three and a half hours at Key Stage 2.
Parents in Partnership
We welcome parents and guardians into St. Joseph’s Cathedral Junior
School believing we are partners in the education of your children. There
are many opportunities for parents to become involved in the work of the
school and to gain a greater understanding of its work. Parents’ time and
expertise can be used in many ways in school and is greatly valued.
Communication with Parents/Guardians
The school communicates with parents/guardians in various ways e.g.
newsletters, text messaging service, questionnaires, interviews, informal
evenings and the Website. Parents/guardians are invited to Parents’
evenings, sports days, open evenings as well as children’s performances.
The school has set in place a Home School Agreement and involves parents
in policy decisions.
Meeting the Needs of the National Curriculum
All classes in this school receive education based on the National
Curriculum. Schemes of work have been drawn up which ensure that pupils
receive a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. Throughout the school
emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the highest possible individual
levels in the basic skills of maths, science, language and ICT, together with
activities and studies embracing developing skills in DT, music, art,
environmental studies, geography, history, PE, drama, health and RE.
Children take part in NFER testing at the end of each academic year. Year
6 children will be given Teacher Assessments at the end of the year to
show the levels they have achieved in the National Curriculum core subjects
of English, Mathematics and Science.
Pastoral Care Arrangements
The school aims to create a warm, caring and secure atmosphere. Parents /
guardians home and work telephone numbers are recorded. All accidents
and illnesses are reported to the Headteacher who then contacts parents /
guardians if further medical attention is necessary. If immediate hospital
treatment is required, resulting from an accident or illness, an ambulance
will be called to take the pupil to hospital and parents will be contacted.
Where children have been prescribed medicines, we encourage parents
whenever possible to come to the school to administer them if they need to
be taken during the school day. Where this is not possible then the school
is prepared to store and administer medicine provided that the appropriate
request form is completed in writing before hand. These request forms are
available from the school secretary.
School staff supervise morning and afternoon breaks. Supervisory and
school staff are on duty for the lunch time break. For medical appointments
etc. a note from a parent / guardian must be produced.
No child is allowed to leave the school unaccompanied during the school day.
From time to time the school nurse, dentist and hearing specialist will visit
the school to carry out routine health inspections and hearing tests.
Parents will always be informed when this is happening. When any problems
are encountered, parents will be notified and advised to seek further help
from either the school health service or their family doctor.
Emergency Contact Information
Please ensure that your contact details are correct, and that the school is
told about any health matters, especially allergies, relating to the child.
We are obliged to formally account for all absences so please be kind
enough to send a note of explanation to your child’s class teacher after any
absence, for whatever reason. You should also telephone the office on the
first day of your child’s absence. We request that pupils are punctual at all
times. Poor attendance, whatever the reason for it, affects your child’s
progress at school. Children whose attendance is irregular miss, and
sometimes never make up important learning experiences. Holiday absence
during term time is discouraged due to the negative impact upon your
child’s educational, social and spiritual development. However, if such
holidays are unavoidable please complete a holiday request form available
from the class teacher.
Returning to School after illness
Children returning to school after illness should clearly be fit to do so and
free from infection. Please err on the side of caution when making a
decision about your child returning to school. Children should be fit to
participate in all school activities including outdoor games and playtime.
Injury, asthma, respiratory complaints or circulation difficulties are of
course exceptions. If in doubt the school is happy to advise.
Authorised and unauthorised attendance statistics
Attendance for the academic year 2008– 2009 was 91.4%.
The following statistics relate to the number of unauthorised absences
expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible attendances in
TERM Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6
AUTUMN 2.3 7.1 5.8 9.9
SPRING 3.3 8.3 4.1 9.1
SUMMER 11.2 8.3 19.7 9.3
Any concerns in relation to attendance issues, please contact Mr. N.
Courtney for guidance.
School discipline is the responsibility of the Headteacher supported by his
staff. The main aim of the school’s policy is to encourage children to
behave sensibly and to have consideration for other people’s views and
feelings. School rules are regularly brought to the attention of pupils.
Children are discouraged from wearing jewellery, especially earrings
which are a source of potential danger in games and physical education
lessons and normal playground activities.
When action becomes necessary following a misdemeanour then this is
usually effected through a loss of privilege/golden time. Where pupils fail
to respond to this, then parents may be invited to the school to discuss
with the Headteacher alternative approaches which might be necessary.
Our Award System
We follow a set of Golden Rules and have our very own Gold Leaf Tree
which records achievement. Each Friday afternoon we celebrate
achievements in our Gold Leaf Assembly. One child from each class is called
out to receive a certificate and place a leaf on the Gold Leaf Tree in
recognition of something that the child has done in following the Golden
Our Golden Rules
Do listen Do not interrupt
Do be gentle Do not hurt anybody
Do be kind and helpful Do not hurt people’s feelings
Do work hard Do not waste your or other people’s time
Do look after property Do not waste or damage things
Do be honest Do not cover up the truth
All the children have a golden peg in their class which on a Monday morning
is placed at the top of the Golden Time chart. If the Golden Rules are
broken the child will move down the chart and if they are still there on a
Friday afternoon the will miss either half or all of their Golden Time.
Golden Time activities include outdoor/indoor sports, art and craft, music,
chill out room and construction.
The school encourages all children to take part in the sporting activities
offered by the school. During the Autumn and Spring Terms, participation
in rugby, football, netball, cross country running and gymnastics is
encouraged while in the Summer Term, the opportunity is there to
participate in athletics, rounders and tennis. Swimming is compulsory
throughout the school.
Inter-school games usually take place outside of the
normal school hours. Sporting activities are carried out in
the school halls, the school playground or in the local park.
Extra Curricular Activities
As mentioned above, a variety of sporting activities are organized as extra
curricular activities. There is also a School Choir, Cookery, ICT and an Eco
club available to the children. In Years 5 and 6 pupils will be offered a place
at a residential centre.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral Junior School recognises the importance of the
pupil voice and making them part of the decision making process.
The school has an elected School Council. All the pupils at the school are
given a chance to vote for two children from their class after reading their
manifesto to serve on our School Council each year.
All pupils are expected to wear appropriate uniform. Uniform can be
ordered through Mrs Patterson in the Office. Articles of clothing should
be marked or labelled so that in the event of the article being mislaid, the
owner can be easily traced. Suitable footwear must be worn at all times eg.
No flip flops in summer.
A wide variety of meals are available and weekly menus are
displayed in the dining hall. The School Meals Service operates
a healthy eating policy which is reflected in the menus offered.
School meals are paid for on a weekly basis (every Monday).
Facilities are also available for the children to bring their own
packed lunches. With the recent research into food and its
effect on the child’s brain and attitude to learning we do not
allow sweets, crisps or pop in school at break times. Fruit is
available to purchase on a weekly basis. All the children are
provided with water bottles so that they can have access to
Money water throughout the day.
Please ensure that all monies sent to school are in a secure envelope marked
with your child’s name, amount and the purpose of the money.
We recognise the right of equality of opportunity for all individuals, staff
and pupils irrespective of their ability, gender, status, race, religious
beliefs or age. We view this policy as an integral part of our whole school
approach. It is reflected in the way other policies are planned and
The Teaching of Welsh
Welsh is taught as a second language throughout the school. The emphasis
is on communicating aspects of the language in a meaningful way and to
relate it to the everyday life of the school. No part of the whole
curriculum is taught solely through the medium of Welsh.
Arrangements for Religious Education
RE is a compulsory element within the curriculum and is taught in
accordance with the agreed syllabus which is laid down by the Menevia
Diocesan. The opening clauses of the 1988 Education Act require that the
school Catholic curriculum must promote ‘the spiritual, moral, cultural,
mental and physical development of pupils’ in preparation for the
opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Clearly, by its
very nature, RE has a significant contribution to make towards the
attainment of these purposes since it is essentially concerned with the
process of exploring the religious understanding of human life and the value
systems that societies seek to establish.
Charging and Remissions Policy
The L.E.A. policy on charges and remissions for schools has been adopted by
the school. This maintains the right to free school education. However, on
occasions parents may be asked to make a voluntary contribution in support
of any activity organised by the School.
Health / Sex Education
The school presently does not teach sex education but this is currently
under review. Aspects of human development are addressed as part of the
Science National Curriculum. Aspects of moral education are usually
addressed through the Religious Education curriculum. Where a direct
question is raised by a pupil which relates to sex education, this will be
answered honestly and sensitively.
Arrangements for Special Education
All children are monitored in an attempt to identify any learning
difficulties. All children are screened at the age of seven years but
intervention can take place at any time if there appears to be a cause for
concern. Children who are identified as having particular learning
difficulties through the staged referral system which the school operates
may receive extra individual tuition within the school. Full consultation
takes place between the school and the parents of the children involved.
The school has a designated member of staff who has a responsibility for
co-ordinating work involved with the special educational needs of pupils.
The school also has a written policy for dealing with this area of work which
is available for inspection at the school.
Arrangements for Disabled Pupils
Pupils who are disabled are subject to the same admission arrangements as
other pupils and have access, where appropriate, to the same curriculum
provision. However, the nature of the school building with its numerous
staircases does mean that the placement of some disabled pupils, taking
into account their particular disabilities, might be more appropriate
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ACADEMIC YEAR 2008/2009
School holidays for the academic year 2009/2010 are as follows:-
Autumn Term begins on Tuesday 1st September 2009
Half Term: Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October, 2009
Autumn Term ends Friday 18th December 2009
Spring Term begins on Monday 4th January 2010
Half Term: Monday 15th February – Friday 19th February 2010
Spring Term ends on Friday 1st April 2010
Summer Term begins on Monday 19th April 2010
Half Term: Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June 2010
Summer Term ends Wednesday 21st July 2010
NOTE: The school will be closed to pupils on the following days when staff
will be undertaking in-service training:
Tuesday 1st September 2009
Monday 2nd November 2009
Monday 4th January 2010
Monday 22nd February 2010
Monday 19th April 2010
Tuesday 20th April 2010
1 more day to be confirmed
NATIONAL CURRICULUM ASSESSMENT AND COMPARATIVE DATA
Key Stage 2 School 2009 & Wales 2008 Results
All figures are percentages of pupils in Year 6
NATIONAL CURRICULUM LEVELS
N D W 1 2 3 4 5 4+
School 0 0 1 0 0 20 63 17 79
ENGLISH Wales 1 1 3 15 51 29 80
School 0 0 0 0 1 21 65 13 78
MATHS Wales 1 1 3 15 51 30 81
School 0 0 0 0 0 17 72 11 84
SCIENCE Wales 1 1 2 11 54 32 86
Core School 2009 69%
*1 Wales 2009 76%
TA – Teacher Assessment
D – Pupils who have been disapplied under Sections 364 &365 of the
Education Act 1996
N – Pupils who have failed to register a level for reasons other than
W – Pupils who are working towards Level 1, but have not yet achieved the
standards needed for Level 1 *1 – The percentage of pupils achieving at
least Level 4 in English, Maths and Science in combination
All figures are rounded to the nearest whole percentage, and may not
therefore appear to total correctly
A grey background indicates values which are either not applicable or which
are equal to or close to zero
If your child has a problem at school
From time to time, in the children’s lives events may take place that are
upsetting for them. If you are able to share information about your child’s
personal life with us it can be extremely useful in helping us to offer
understanding and support. This will always be dealt with in the strictest
If you think your child is experiencing any kind of difficulty at school, or if
you have any concerns about aspects of school life, then you should talk to
your child’s teacher or the Headteacher in the first instance.
Inspection of Documents
Documents required to be available by regulation may be inspected, and
where appropriate copied at the school during school hours by arrangement
with the Headteacher.
Information about how to make a complaint
If you have a complaint under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act
relating to the curriculum, Religious Education or Religious Worship, the
LEA has prepared a formal complaints procedure, a copy of which is
available from the school, the Education Department or the Public Library.
In the event of any other type of complaint you should contact Mr. N.
Courtney (Deputy Headteacher) who is the school’s Complaints Officer. The
school has a formal complaints procedure and a copy of this may be
obtained from the School Secretary.
Further advice about complaints may be obtained from the Education
Department, School and Governor Section Tel: (01792) 636611
The information supplied in this document is in accordance with
information at present available and is believed to be correct as at the
date of printing, Spring 2010.