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About St Joseph's College

St Joseph's College was founded on an impressive 60 acre site in the heart of Ipswich in 1937. From the age of three, girls and boys can start in the Nursery in our Junior School and remain with us throughout the Senior School until they are eighteen. Our day pupils thrive together with our full and weekly senior boarders.

At the heart of St Joseph’s is our inspiring Chapel. This provides an anchor for the school life that revolves around it. It captures the spirit of community which runs through the school, fostering an atmosphere of teamwork and support between staff and pupils alike - indeed it can accommodate all 700 of us. Our philosophy is centred on a strong sense of Christian community and a supportive family atmosphere permeates all we do.

Realising each pupil’s potential is the bedrock of St Joseph’s education, not just in its own right, but because it opens doors to the next stage of pupils’ lives. We want each young person to be prepared to lead a fulfilled, productive, responsible, happy and successful life. Expectations are high, both academically and socially and each child's progress is carefully monitored through our excellent pastoral and support structures.

The College offers a wide range of traditional and cutting-edge academic subjects, creative and performing arts, and girls’ and boys’ sports. Children progress through a wide-ranging programme of activities with a strong emphasis on the development of personal and social skills and on establishing positive attitudes to learning and to school life. A wide range of extra-curricular activities, trips and expeditions form a valuable part of what we offer, and provide the balance essential for a full and well-rounded education. An exciting choice of activities and clubs also take place during the lunch hour, after school, and at weekends.

As students progress through the College, they are given opportunities for increased responsibility to enable them to develop a sense of service and the ability to work as part of a team. This strategy of building 'confidence without arrogance' nurtures attributes essential for success both personally and professionally in the 21st Century.