David Garrido Head Teacher Personal Statement


About St. Joseph's College

St Joseph’s College was founded by the De La Salle Brothers in 1855 and has been located in a number of sites across London during its 161 year history. It finally arrived at our current location on Beulah Hill in 1904. This makes St Joseph’s College one of England’s oldest and most established Catholic State Funded Boys Schools. Girls are now admitted into our thriving 6th Form. In 2015 St Joseph’s College was the top performing boys’ state school across the Boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Merton and Lewisham, and one of the top three performing schools in the area.

As a Roman Catholic Comprehensive College we aim to help everyone in our community to grow in faith and make the most of their talents and abilities. 

The culture and ethos of the College is centred on our high expectations of each other: All students who attend the College have the opportunity to maximise their academic potential, their talents and their abilities across a wide range of activities both academic and vocational.

At the heart of our College lies our strong sense of faith, community, the values we strive to maintain, our commitment to realising the potential of each and every young man and woman in our care and in providing a balanced education that addresses the academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of our students lives. 

Mr D Garrido                                                                      

A new headteacher has launched a dresscode crackdown - for teachers.

David Garrido, who took over as head of St Joseph's College in Croydon, south London, in January this year, said he wanted teachers to 'look as smart as pupils'.

The new head, a former music teacher, said there was a 'lot of work to do' since the last Ofsted report in 2014, which said the 1,150-pupil school 'required improvement'.

David Garrido, who took over as head of St Joseph's College in Croydon, south London, in January this year, said he wanted teachers to 'look as smart as pupils'

The pupils at the all-boy school wear maroon blazers, grey v-necks, purple-striped ties, white polo shirts, charcoal trousers and black leather shoes.

And now teachers have been ordered to 'smarten up' by Mr Garrido.

Speaking this week, he said he wanted staff to be as 'consistently smart' as pupils and told teachers to 'do up the top buttons' on their shirts.

He said: 'The boys look smart and the staff need to, too.

'We have always been strict on uniforms here and you can't have staff saying 'do your top button up' if they've got their top button undone.'

The pupils at the all-boy school wear maroon blazers, grey v-necks, purple-striped ties, white polo shirts, charcoal trousers and black leather shoes. And now teachers have been ordered to 'smarten up'

Mr Garrido said he wanted staff to be as 'consistently smart' as pupils and told teachers to 'do up the top buttons' on their shirts

He said the ethos was 'business' inspired, so teachers and pupils at the Catholic school - whose motto is Fearless Faith and which allows girls into its sixth form - both looked 'professional'.

He told the Croydon Advertiser newspaper: 'It's about business suits, business dress, and showing our standards and expectations in all things that we do and that shows in how we dress as professionals.

'Some schools you go to, you know you are in a very professional place and I suppose some people say it's too corporate or like a bank.

'I'm not necessarily trying to do that I want to make sure we are looking as professional as we expect our boys to look.'

One parent, who asked not to be named, said: 'I'm glad the teachers have been told to look as smart at the pupils.

'You can't have a teacher telling a pupil to smarten themselves up if they look like they've just fallen out of a hedge.'

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