Learning Support Centre



The LSC caters for children with Moderate Learning Difficulties with Statements of SEN. It aims to create a caring and nurturing environment; child-centred classrooms where the boys feel comfortable and supported to achieve to the best of their ability.

We aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum through connected learning; with the acquisition of Literacy and Numeracy skills, as well as the development of social and life skills at the core. We believe very much in a holistic, multi-sensory approach and try to give the boys as many “real” opportunities to use the skills they are learning both within and outside the classroom, both through curricular based and enrichment activities.

Our ultimate aim is that each boy can develop fully as an independent and confident young man, leaving school with a suite of qualifications appropriate to his interests and abilities; ready for the next phase of his education, training or employment.



KS3 overview:

Mrs Quinn is responsible for teaching at Key Stage 3. The three year groups are taught as a composite class studying their core subjects within the LSC including English, Maths, RE, History, Geography, ICT and LLW. The boys benefit from planned inclusion within mainstream school through access to more practical and creative and practical lessons such as PE, Home Economics, Science, Technology & Design, Music and Art with specialist teachers.

KS4 overview:

Mrs McCrory teaches the Key Stage 4 class, a composite of year 11 and 12.The pupils follow the Entitlement Framework for SEN Programme which is comprised of four compulsory strands: Literacy, Numeracy, Learning for Life and Work and Vocational. The boys undertake qualifications from Entry Level through to Level 2; depending on their needs and abilities; in Essential Skills Communication and Application of Number, plus they meet the LLW requirement in the shape of Prince’s Trust PDE and OCR Life and Living Skills.

Additionally, the pupils all benefit from participation in the VEP at the Southern Regional College which provides the opportunity to undertake vocational courses and study Occupational Studies at GCSE level. In year 12 the boys also undertake a regular work placement as practical preparation for the world of work.

Furthermore, at key stage 4 the pupils all have the same entitlement as mainstream pupils to choose subjects to study for GCSE. They can choose as many subjects as they feel able to do in addition to their core learning programme. This means that the courses the boys follow at Key Stage are extremely personalized and individual and truly reflect the interests and skills of each young person.



Contact Us

St Joseph's Newry

20 Armagh Road
BT35 6DH
Tel: (028) 3026 2595
Fax: (028) 3026 4420

Email: info@stjosephhigh.newry.ni.sch.uk

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