Curriculum Overview

St. Joseph’s Grammar School Donaghmore is a hybrid school with a pioneering and innovative set up.  The school consists of a high achieving Grammar School and a high achieving non-selective Irish Medium Stream (IMS). St. Joseph’s/ Scoil Iósaef is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and the school has pupils learning through the medium of Irish in all year groups.  


Our curriculum 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.  


The cross-curricular skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT), are integrated to good effect across the curriculum in St Joseph’s with each of these areas being led discreetly by a member of teaching staff.   


The Curriculum Vice Principal has overall leadership responsibility for the curriculum.  There is regular review of the curriculum, at all levels, to meet the needs and interests of the current cohorts of pupils, in order to enable them to realise their potential.   


We have established effective links with other schools in the Area Learning Community (ALC) and the programmes available through the ALC are of a high quality and demonstrate a commitment to meeting the needs, abilities and aspirations of all pupils. 


The end of Years 10 and Year 12 mark key transition points when students embark on a new ‘era’ in their education.  The curriculum team work proactively with students and parents leading up to these key transition points to ensure that all students are offered the help and guidance needed to make effective and positive subject choices. Our Key Stage 4 and 5 curriculum is as flexible as possible and enables success.  ​ 


Inbuilt into our curriculum is the progressive development of employability skills.  In addition to this aspect of the curriculum, it is crucial that students and parents are proactive in researching potential career pathways at the end of both Key Stage 3 and 4 to identify which subjects are required.  It is also important that students research each qualification before making a firm decision as this ensures that the correct decisions are made.  Our options booklet offers a breakdown of each subject and we encourage you to read this carefully to make informed decisions.  


In addition to the formal curriculum our pupils have access to a wide range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities which are inclusive and are valued by the pupils. 

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