Results and Achievements
We believe that education success is more than academic achievements alone and so we provide a broad education to enable our pupils to gain the confidence to succeed in the various aspects of life. Each pupil at St Joseph's is an individual, with his or her own individual interests, skills and talents, and so success will therefore be measured differently by each one of us.
In his report about the UK's education system, John Cridland (the CBI's Director General) states: "We need young people who are rigorous, but also rounded and grounded and possess characteristics like determination, optimism and emotional intelligence which they need for working life... Too many young people are failed by a system which is primarily focused on getting them through exams rather than developing and nurturing the whole person."
At St Joseph's our aim is to provide such an education which develops and nurtures the whole person.
We seek to ensure that all students achieve the best possible results in public exams. Exam results will vary each year according to the individuals in the year group. Some year groups will produce a constellation of A* and A grades, others will not. St Joseph's is not, and does not seek to be, an 'exam factory' because the school's approach to academic recruitment is inclusive rather than exclusive.
The proportion of able students coming into the school has grown in recent years, but our selection policy does not exclusively target top performers, as this would go against the ethos of the school as a caring and inclusive community. It is vitally important to us that pupils fit well into the school community, where they will develop a passion for learning, be happy and thrive, and leave us having achieved great things and with a smile.
St Joseph's has a strong reputation for the quality of its teaching and learning. Lessons are geared to stimulate and stretch pupils at all levels, and teachers effectively gauge individual ability and personal strengths to encourage the fulfilment of every pupil's potential. A broad extra-curricular programme enhances learning by providing new opportunities and challenges beyond the classroom.