Pastoral Care

The pastoral care system in St. Joseph’s aims to create an environment where everyone in the school community feels valued, and where everyone is treated with respect.  We believe that pastoral care is effective when there is sound teaching, active learning, and good order in class and around the School.


We try to achieve this by encouraging understanding, respect, and openness between staff and pupils. This is supported by agreed, achievable and explicit school rules, routines, and pastoral care procedures with a strong emphasis on positive behaviour management. We believe it is very important to work with the family, and see our partnership with parents as being crucial for the successful implementation of our Pastoral Care Policy. 

St Joseph’s has a strong Year Head team and a very effective Form Teacher system which operates with the support of the Heads of Junior and Senior school, and two Vice Principals.  The roles and responsibilities of all are clearly defined and understood by pupils, staff, and parents. 

“At St Joseph’s, hard work, relationship building, and acknowledging success no matter what scale, are the keys to ensuring our pupils achieve their true potential.  Achievement is acknowledged and celebrated at all times.”  Mrs Mc Carron (Vice Principal, Pastoral)

Just some of the ways that the achievements and successes of our pupils are celebrated are:


  • Prize-giving ceremony

  • Incentive trips

  • Class rewards

  • Comments in daybook / verbal acknowledgements

  • Assemblies 

  • Postcards/letters home

  • Pupil of the month awards

  • Display work

  • School representation at relevant events

  • Roles and Responsibilities such as Head Boy, prefects, captains and vice- captains.



St Joseph's Boys' School
Creggan Estate
Northern Ireland
BT48 9NX

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