Top marks for St. Joseph’s girls school

St. Joseph’s all-girls’ school in Tipperary town has received a glowing report from the Dept. of Education in a recent Whole School Evaluation (WSE).

The primary school is under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Cashel and Emly. There are 166 pupils enrolled,

six of whom are enrolled in the new pre-school, Joseph Beag.

The attendance of most pupils is very good and the school is commended highly for the strategies it operates to improve school attendance levels,” notes the inspector. The following are the school’s key strengths: “The school is managed successfully by a dedicated board of management. The principal is a very effective curriculum leader and has established good priorities for the development of the school. The staff team is strongly committed to the care, welfare and learning of pupils. The parents’ association is very active and provides valuable support to the school. St. Joseph’s has an active and articulate student’s council and the pupils engage with enthusiasm in their learning. There is consistent improvement in overall attainment in English reading in recent years. Provision for pupils with additional learning needs is of a high quality.”

The following main recommendations are made: “The members of the in-school management team should meet regularly and report annually on their work to the board of management. In order to further improve the learning outcomes for pupils, a wider range of oral mental mathematics activities should be implemented throughout the school.” The report says the Principal, Ms. Louise Tobin, is “a very effective curriculum leader and has established good priorities for development in the future.” In terms of school planning and organisation, “Teachers plan conscientiously for their work, the quality of long-term and short-term plans is very good. Planning has a significant positive impact on the quality of teaching and learning.” Meanwhile, the report describes the teachers as “reflective practitioners and they co-operate very well, building capacity within the school and ensuring that the pupils benefit from current best practice in teaching and learning.” Provision for pupils with additional learning needs, including pupils for whom English is an additional language (EAL), is of a high quality.

The board of management of the school was given an opportunity to comment on the findings, but chose to accept the report without response. Full report at


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