St Joseph's Boys' School

Coordinates: 55°00′04″N 7°20′17″W / 55.001°N 7.338°W / 55.001; -7.338

St Joseph's Boys' School
Religion Roman Catholic
Principal Martina McCarron [1]
Location Westway, Creggan Estate
County Londonderry
BT48 9NX
Northern Ireland
Local authority Western Education and Library Board
Staff 90 (approx) [2]
Ages 11–18

St Joseph's Boys' School is a secondary school in Westway in the Creggan area of Derry, Northern Ireland. It is a voluntary maintained school, supported by the Western Education and Library Board and operated by boards of trustees and governors in collaboration with Northern Ireland's Council for Catholic Maintained Schools and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry.

Since the school opened in September 1963,[3] St Joseph's Secondary School (as it was known as then) has gone through tremendous changes. The old school was demolished and a new ultra modern school was opened and they changed the name to St. Joseph's Boys' School in March 2003. The principal of the school was Mr P. Hannaway with the Vice Principal being Mrs C. McCarron and Mr. P. Kealey. Hannaway resigned and Mr P. Kealey temporarily stood in. As of 2018, the principal is Mrs M. McCarron.[1] St. Joseph's Boys' School offers a variety of subjects ranging from English, Maths, Geography and Leisure and Tourism to Technology and Design, Art and Physical Education (P.E).

St Joseph's is also equipped with a number of modern computer suites, a modern gym and two specialist units. The Suspension Unit serves students who have been internally suspended, and Education plus, a unit which was set up in 2003, serves students with statements of special educational needs.

In 2006, English football goalkeeper, Gordon Banks paid a visit to the school. He delivered a speech and launched Don Mullan's new book, A Hero Who Could Fly. In January 2007, the school set up a healthy eating programme which banned fizzy drinks and only water would be allowed. Water bottles marked with the initials "STJ" were provided, however the school has since banned water bottles.

Notable former pupils


  1. 1 2 "Principal's Welcome". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. "Teaching Staff". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  3. "St Joseph's Boys' School celebrates 50 fantastic years". Derry Journal. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
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