St Joseph's Roman Catholic High School, Horwich
|St Joseph's Roman Catholic High School|
|Type||Voluntary Aided Comprehensive|
|Motto||Justitia Sine Timore
(Be Just and Fear Not)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Established||5 November 1963|
|Department for Education URN|
|Headteacher||Mr Tony McCabe|
|Gender||No Gender Assumption #2019|
|Age||11 to 16|
|Colour(s)||Blue & Silver|
On 2 June 2020, the school was formally admitted as a member to the worldwide UNESCO Associated Schools Network.
As of 2013 the school had 856 pupils within the age range of 11-16.
The school is in the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford, established in 1963.
- 1963–1975: Mr. John B. Yates
- 1975–1991: Mr. G. Eric Hester
- 1991–1995: Mr. Gerard F. Boyle
- 1995–2013: Mr. Leo F. Conley
- 2013–2017: Mr. Richard Woods
- 2017–present: Mr. Anthony McCabe
- 1967–1993: Mr. Brian Brady
- 1993–2004: Mr. Len Gee
- 2004–2007: No appointed deputy (four teachers were assistant headteachers)
- 2007–2018: Mr. Maurice Graham
- 2018–present: Mrs J Morgan
- 2018–present: Mrs N Yorke Robinson
Chairs of Governing Body
- 1963–1966: Rev. Fr. P. J. Veale
- 1966–1975: Rev. Fr. B. O'Leary
- 1975–1980: Rev. Fr. Moriarty
- 1980–1985: Rev. Fr. B. Pilling
- 1985–2012: Rev. Canon H. Jones
- 2012–2019: Mr W. Charnley
- 2019–present: Mrs Patricia Jones
Aims and Mission Statement
In 2018 governors, staff, students, parents and carers reviewed the school's mission and devised the following mission statement to reflect the work of St Joseph's.
Students were keen to make the mission statement an acrostic poem using ‘Joeys’ as the lead word.
Jesus Christ is the school family role model.
Opening our hearts and minds to dream the impossible and achieve beyond our wildest imagination.
Everybody is valued, nurtured and respected.
Young and old will journey together to build God’s Kingdom.
Striving for academic excellence and celebrating success in all we do.
Subjects available at GCSE and above are:
- Art (GCSE)
- Biology (GCSE)
- Business Studies (GCSE)
- Chemistry (GCSE)
- Computer Science (GCSE)
- Design & Technology (GCSE)
- Drama (GCSE)
- English Language (GCSE)
- English Literature (GCSE)
- Food Technology
- Geography (GCSE)
- Health & Social Studies
- History (GCSE)
- ICT (GCSE)
- iMedia (OCR Cambridge Nationals)
- Mathematics (GCSE)
- Modern Languages - French, Spanish (GCSE)
- Sports Science
- Physics (GCSE)
- Religious Studies (GCSE)
- Textiles (GCSE)
- Award in Statistical Methods (level 3)
St. Joseph’s, believe that education is not purely academic and highlight the importance of nurturing children to become responsible, dynamic young people who can achieve academically and have the life skills that can be used in the workplace maintaining a Catholic ethos, in their future lives as adult Christians.
In addition to the many academic lessons and activities, St Joseph's has a number of enrichment programmes that anyone can get involved with.
St Joseph’s enjoys a rich and vibrant extra-curricular programme which plays a vital role in building confidence and deepening personalities.
These range from sporting clubs and fixtures through to Be Kind to Your Mind and the School Mission Team.
They also provide many opportunities for residential and day visits, including retreats to Savio House, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, sporting trips to Jesolo in Italy, the ski course to Austria and an annual pupil exchange to Spain.
Other extra-curricular activities available at St Joseph's include:
- Craft Club
- Baking Club
- Film Club
- Music Drop-in
- Science Club
- STEM Club
- Astronomy Club
- Creative Writing
- Philosophical Thinkers
- Bar Modelling Master Class
- Puzzle Club
- Chess Club
Currently under construction is a £3,000,000 new wing of the school, creating capacity for a further 10 classrooms, 2 ICT rooms, a large library and drama studio.
This new infrastructure is due to open in the summer term of 2020.
Work has continued on the new development throughout the COVID-19 lockdown period in order to be ready for the next academic year.
Following government advice, St Joseph's has remained open for the children of key workers.
Education provision has continued through the setting of work through the school ePraise system and regular contact between teaching staff and students.
The school is continuing its pastoral care through weekly welfare phone calls, engaging through emails, YouTube videos and a new Alexa skill called 'Joey's Thrive.'
On 4 June 2020, St Joseph's was awarded the Teach Well School Gold Award from the Teach Well Alliance in recognition of the work it undertook to take care of the physical and mental wellbeing of its staff and students during the coronavirus pandemic.
People who are connected to the school community in any way are affectionately known as ‘Joeys’.
To be a ‘Joey’ means to represent the school mission.
The school informal motto is, ‘Once a Joey, always a Joey’.
Notable JOEY's are:
- Vernon Kay, British TV presenter
- Phil Clarke, Great Britain Rugby league captain and Sky Sports commentator
- Peter Anglesea, Sale Sharks rugby union former captain and head coach
- Sean Long, former rugby league footballer, most notable for playing for St. Helens
- Charlie Bowling, Commonwealth Games bronze meddalist, Olympic Wrestling (Team England)
- Jordan Flores, footballer (Dundalk FC)
- Adam Senior, footballer (Bolton Wanderers FC)
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