– Geraldine Donnelly, Principal
– Geraldine Donnelly, Principal
Dear Parents, Carers and P7 Pupils,
As you prepare to make one of the most important decisions for your child’s education, may I take the opportunity to thank you for your interest in our school. St Joseph’s is a Catholic, co-educational, voluntary grammar school founded in 1922 with a proud history of serving many generations of young people from right across Mid-Ulster.
Since 2010, our Irish Medium Stream has been a beacon of excellence for the promotion of the Irish language and we continue to play a key role in handing on the richness of our language and culture to the next generation.
Our Catholic ethos is the cornerstone of all that we do and is inclusive of everyone, irrespective of their faith. We are proud of our reputation for providing excellent pastoral support for each child and we take great delight in accompanying our young people as they develop throughout their seven years with us. We are renowned for the warm and welcoming environment we offer that provides the very best setting for young people to grow and learn together.
We deliver a wide range of courses and qualifications to meet the needs and interests of all learners and our public exam results are outstanding. Likewise, our extra-curricular offer is designed to develop the talents and interests of all our pupils and ensures that they have opportunities to travel and develop new interests and past times
We believe in working in partnership with parents and guardians so that each child fulfils their potential and is able to take their place in the world as a confident, well-rounded individual. Our careers service is attuned to the particular ambitions of our young people and we are always delighted to follow the careers and successes of our past pupils wherever in the world they choose to study and work.
We are looking forward to the next multimillion-pound investment in the school infrastructure which will begin in 2022 and will ensure your child enjoys the best facilities for learning over the course of their time at St Joseph’s/Scoil Iósaef.
2022 marks the centenary year of the foundation of our school and we will be commemorating this historic milestone with a number of exciting events over the next few months. We do hope that you and your child, as members of our school community, will be with us to mark this tremendous occasion in the school’s long history.
“While we enjoy a very strong tradition of academic excellence we know that young people only achieve their full potential when they feel happy, secure and are invigorated by their school environment.”
If you choose to join us in September 2022, you will join the school at a very special moment when we look both to the past and the future as we celebrate our centenary year.
“We provide the opportunity for every student to develop into responsible, self-aware, confident and capable young people equipped to cope with the challenges of the 21st century.”
If you choose St Joseph’s for your child, you can be assured that they will be known by name, cherished for their individuality and nurtured to be the very best they can be.
The curriculum in St Joseph’s reflects the statutory curricular requirements. It provides pupils with access to a broad, balanced and flexible range of academic and vocational options which are matched well to their needs and interests and provides relevant pathways to appropriate destinations.
Hear from our current Year 8 pupil Stefan
about his experience of joining St Joseph’s.
Hear from our current Year 8 pupil Cailín
and learn about her experience of joining St Joseph’s.
We want our Year 8 students to enter their summer holidays
at the end of P7 feeling confident and excited about starting St Joseph’s.
Find out about our Year 8 Transition Programme.
The Cairde Brogán Foundation was established in November 2017 in memory of a former member of staff, Sr Mary Brogán.
As part of our partnership with the University of Oxford, our teachers have presented their research at conferences to educationalists from across the UK and Ireland.
It is our vision to be a sector-leading provider of innovative digital education.
As part of our approach to education, our aim is to equip students with the skills and abilities to achieve their full potential in a digital 21st century environment.
St Joseph’s is one of a small number of post-primary schools in Ireland to be designated as an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC).
We are committed to being at the forefront of innovation and we work hard to foster high quality and meaningful links with industry to ensure that our students achieve the very best opportunities on offer.
We understand the value of participating in the creative - we consciously place a high value on creativity and are constantly looking for exciting and engaging ways to nurture these skills in our students.
We believe students learn as much, if not more, outside the classroom as they do inside it. Our extra-curricular provision is designed to build resilience, improve self-discipline, and develop the skills required to work as part of a team.
The aim of the School Council in St Joseph’s Grammar School is to encourage all pupils to play an active, conscious, democratic role to improve their school community. St Joseph’s School Council is a forum for enabling students to offer opinions and advice on a broad range of subjects.