St Joseph's College attaches great importance to the quality and extent of pastoral care provided for pupils
The full range of support and guidance available to a pupil extends beyond the formal systems. In an important sense every teacher is a pastor, and a pupil will seek and receive advice from other members of staff who come to know them and whom they come to know in the classroom, in extra-curricular activities, or on the games field.
The social welfare and academic progress of each pupil is closely monitored. At the centre of the carefully planned pastoral care system are the Heads of Year, Form Tutors and Class Teachers. They are responsible for the welfare and progress of each pupil, consulting regularly with Staff and Subject Teachers. In the College, for each Year group there are Parents Information Evenings at the beginning of each academic year and two Consultative Evenings to discuss progress and performance.
Personal and social education is an important aspect of the pastoral care system and every pupil is encouraged to develop an awareness of their own role in society through a structured programme of relevant topics. Sex education is taught as part of the curriculum and there are opportunities for discussion of the social and moral aspects in Religious Studies. Personal, Social, Health Education and Economic awareness (PSHEE), which also includes citizenship, also provides a reinforcing structure designed to look after the personal and social well-being of each pupil and designed to give pupils the skills and attitudes needed for handling the pressures of youth and modern life.
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