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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 2019/2020 13th Jan 2020 Download


21st August 2020

GCSE Examinations

Year 11 students have been celebrating another great set of results at St Joan of Arc Catholic School despite all the recent uncertainty about the process of awarding grades for these examinations which have created additional unnecessary confusion and anxiety for our students. Although the results this year were awarded through a different mechanism, in the awarding of centre assessed grades, every award has undergone a rigorous process of standardisation and moderation to determine the final grade. Therefore, the grades awarded to the students are an accurate reflection of their ability, at this time, and a testament to their hard work, perseverance, and dedication over many years. The academic results they have received today are therefore fully deserved. As a school, we truly believe that had they taken their examinations, we would have expected very similar outcomes for the students. Ever since joining St Joan’s we have challenged our students to always give their very best, in both their academic abilities, which are reflected in the results they have received, and their personal development, which we know are not measured in terms of GCSE results. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge that as a cohort of students, this year's group has been outstanding ambassadors for the school. They have excelled in many aspects of personal development that are not assessed through traditional methods and for that I would like to thank them all for the valuable contributions they have given to our community.  Congratulations on everything they have achieved in this most difficult of years faced in both education and society.  Mr Sweeney
17th August 2020

A level examination success

Students at St Joan of Arc Sixth Form College have once again excelled in their A level achievements, despite a great deal of anxiety and concern amongst students, parents, and teachers about the process of awarding grades for these examinations which created additional unnecessary confusion and uncertainty. Once again, they achieved very high levels of success across the board and we were delighted to know that the vast majority have now been able to secure their university place of choice. We are equally delighted that they have now been awarded the results they deserve. They have worked exceptionally hard and demonstrated great diligence and maturity throughout their time at St Joan’s. Regardless of the fact that these results were awarded through a different mechanism this year, we know that this cohort of students is a particularly special group of young people, who are destined for great things. It is also right to recognise the tremendous effort and achievements that all our students have put into their studies and school life over the past year, one of which has been the most challenging period many of us will have experienced in our lifetime. I am so proud of the people they have become; the values they have adopted; the beliefs they have lived out; and the aspirations they have developed that will help make our society a better place for us all. Let us not forget this. I hope, as we are at St Joan's, they are proud of their achievements and the outcomes they have received, because they should be, and we celebrate with them on how they have successfully managed to navigate through such an extraordinary period of their lives. Mr Sweeney