Visitors consistently praise the warm, welcoming ethos they feel on arrival at in the Senior School. Each and every student is encouraged to develop a love of learning and to become an independent thinker, ready for university and the world of work. There is a wealth of opportunities for students to take part in and engage with, allowing students to develop a wide range of skills, build their self-confidence and fulfil their potential.
The College identifies and develops a wide range of student qualities and abilities. The ‘value added’ to each student in terms of examination results is outstanding, but life at St Joseph’s College is about so much more than the excellent examination results we achieve with students of all abilities.
The Chapel, built in 1967, forms the heart of the community with the whole Senior School coming together three mornings a week for assembly, reflection, hymn and prayer. The Chapel provides a focal point where values are shared, students’ achievements are celebrated and expectations reinforced.
St Joseph’s has given much thought and consideration to the structure of the school day in the Senior School, to ensure an appropriate balance of academic work, pastoral and spiritual development, extra-curricular provision, social time and breaks, as well as accommodating transport to and from the School. Lessons are 65 minutes; this is an appropriate amount of time in which to develop a student’s knowledge and skills, as well as maintaining their focus and engagement in the subject. There is a termly programme of extra-curricular clubs available at lunch-times and after school – this is sent by email to parents.