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St Josephs Primary School, Slate Street, Belfast
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Parent Support Officer

Aisling Awards 2014 – St. Joseph’s PS Slate Street, Runners 

N.I. 4 Kids 2014 Award Winners - Caroline Morelli, St. Joseph’s PS Slate Street

We in St. Joseph’s Primary School recognise that children’s education is an ongoing partnership between home and school. Parents are their children’s first educators and together we can share in the educational development of each child and build a secure and happy environment in which learning flourishes. Close contact with all of our families is crucial for our children to achieve personal and academic success.

Our Parent Support Coordinator; Caroline Morelli, works closely with teachers, parents and the wider school community to involve and support our families in the life of our school with the goal of improving the overall standards and achievements of all our pupils.

The continued support of our parents is crucial to achieving high standards for all our pupils.

ETI inspection by the Department of Education in March 2013 identified the following strengths in St. Joseph’s:

  • the sustained work of the school to develop ‘Outstanding’ links with families, schools and community
  • the key role of the Principal and the dedication of the whole staff team in supporting the children and their families
  • the excellent quality of the Pastoral Care
  • the children’s good behaviour and positive attitudes to learning
  • the increased focus on raising standards and early indications of progress

The report deemed the outstanding work with parents in St. Joseph’s PS, as ‘a model of best practice which places the school at the heart of the community’.

This success is due to the involvement of our parents/ guardians in their child/children’s learning and is supported by a comprehensive package of services provided by statutory, voluntary and community agencies.

These include:


• West Belfast Partnership Board

• Barnardos Counselling

• Belfast City Council

• Workforce Training

• Paragon Training

• Falls Leisure Centre

• Education Welfare

• St Peter’s Immaculata Youth Club

• ClDS

• Springvale Training

• Health Promotion Agency

• Conservation Volunteers

• Divis Community Centre

• Falls Residence Association


• Grosvenor Recreation Centre

• Barnardos

• MET College

• Job Assist

• Sustrans

• Eco Schools

• Belfast Trust

• Falls Library

• Whiterock Children’s Centre