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Ethos of St Joan of Arc Catholic School

The school aims to provide the correct blend of academic challenge, spiritual development and enrichment that allows for the holistic development of each pupil in its care and to provide a secure environment in which every pupil is recognised as a unique individual, each with their own special gifts and talents and aims not to limit but to liberate their potential.

The whole thrust of the school community is that of a community built on Gospel values. Everyone involved in the school contributes in some way to the creation of a Christian community where God is present. The self-esteem of pupils is valued as respect for ourselves, others and the environment are fundamental to the Christian way of life at the school.

The care and guidance offered by the staff provides an ethos that will allow each pupil to become the special person God intended them to be.

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is an additional grant allocated to all schools by the Government to support the raising of attainment of pupils eligible for free school meals.

The Government has given the school the freedom to spend the grant in the way that it thinks will best support the raising of attainment of pupils’ eligible for free school meals and to choose the areas where it will have the most impact. Concern exists nationally that those pupils who are eligible for free school meals do not make as much progress as other pupils.

The school aims to ensure that every pupil performs to the best of their ability and that resources are appropriately allocated to enable this aim to be achieved. The school is using these funds to ensure that these pupils are motivated to succeed, are engaged in their learning, that they develop a positive self-esteem and level of confidence, that they develop the necessary skills and achieve the necessary academic qualifications to enable them to either stay in education or to go on to appropriate training or work after their GCSEs.

How St Joan of Arc School is allocating the Pupil Premium funding

  • Deployment of Teaching Assistants to support effective engagement with learning in the classroom
  • Literacy and numeracy intervention where appropriate
  • One-to-three tutoring in English and Maths where appropriate
  • Support for revision where needed
  • Course materials and resources where needed
  • School based access to ICT facilities to support learning
  • School based printing to support learning
  • Support for school trips where appropriate
  • Welfare Officer available to support pupils with medical needs
  • Mentors available to support pupils with pastoral needs
  • Counsellor available to support pupils as required
  • Chaplain available to support pupils as required
  • Careers guidance by an external advisor to support pupils as required

Outcomes for these pupils are monitored through school tracking, progress reports and exam results to ensure that their needs are being met and that this additional funding is having a positive impact.


Pupil Premium Date  
Pupil Premium Policy 2017 2018 16th Jan 2018 Download


23rd April 2018

Winners of MFL Photo-description Competition

MFL Photo-description competition 2018 This year, the Languages (MFL) Department launched its first ever photo-description competition - the first of its kind, so far as we know. Students in Year 9, 10 and 11 were asked to submit a photograph based on one of the many themes studied for the language GCSE, along with a description of the photo in French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. The star judge was BBC News Picture Editor Phil Coomes. We are proud to congratulate a winner from each year group who were awarded Amazon shopping vouchers (£45, £25 and £15 respectively), thanks to the generosity of the PFA.   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1st Prize – Orla Breslin – Year 10 Awarded by BBC News Picture Editor “A seemingly simple shot, but the beauty is that it has been taken just as the daylight fades so you get that lovely in between light. The figures of the people are just sharp enough, giving movement to the frame and drawing the eye down the middle. The high viewpoint is also a good idea.”   2nd Prize – Thomas McQuaid – Year 11     “A fun picture, the silhouetted figure forms a nice shape against the bright sky and makes the viewer smile. “   Mia zia saltando di gioia quando eravamo in vacanza a Brighton l’estate scorsa. Mi piace il fatto che si può vedere il mare, il tramonto e le scogliere, e mi piace come il sole lo trasforma in una silhouette. Mi piace anche il modo in cui il sole illumina le nuvole, secondo me fa una bella foto. ci siamo divertiti molto in questa vacanza. Mi è piaciuto visitare Brighton, anche se eravamo lì solo per un giorno. Mi è piaciuta la città perché aveva molta arte di strada ma ho preferito le scogliere perché era molto tranquilla.           3rdd Prize – Callum James - Year 9     “Taking a close up of something can often be more effective than the whole thing, and this is true here. In fact, it gets even better if you zoom in more to the branches and the snow. Lots of detail in there, as the weight of the snow weighs down the branch and fact that the frame is mainly just two colours, white and green adds to the impact. “   In questa immagine puoi vedere che l'albero è coperto di neve. questo abete è verde che simboleggia il natale. c'è anche un capannone nel backgorung che ha uno strato di neve sul tetto. la neve ci mostra che è Natale. Fidanzato il cielo è blu che mostra che è mattina.