Guidance and Counselling

St. Joseph's Secondary School

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The Guidance & Counselling Department has a remit to help students make informed personal, educational and career decisions, set realistic personal and career goals and develop the skills necessary to accomplish these goals. The service also offers students support in coping with personal problems or academic concerns.

The Guidance & Counselling Department provides an “Open Door” policy to students, parents and teachers. All students are informed of the service provided at the beginning of each year and are encouraged to avail of it. The student or parent can request an appointment. Referrals, on behalf of students, can also be made by teachers and parents. All Leaving Certificate students can avail of as many appointments as they need during sixth year.

The Department has a fully resourced Careers & Information Library with internet access. This is open to all students at lunchtime with the Guidance Counsellor on hand to assist students.

School Guidance and Counselling Department

Aim: We offer a full range of interventions and activities, which assist pupils to make choices about their lives. For second level pupils these choices are focused in a developmental way on three key areas:

  • Personal
  • Educational
  • Career.


  • Guidance in educational and personal learning management.
  • Vocational exploration and information.
  • Individual and/or Group Counselling are available for all students on request and/or on referral.
  • Students  have access to information which is appropriate for their personal, educational and vocational development.
  • Parents can meet with the School Guidance Counsellor at Information evenings, at organised Guidance Meetings and on request.
  • Students’ needs – with regards to the Guidance Counselling Service – are evaluated, and in partnership with staff and the Principal/ School Management, planning for the future will be ongoing.

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