St Joseph’s College

One of the best ways to get to know St Jo’s is to visit us. We are delighted to offer a range of options to our prospective families, including Open Mornings and Individual Tours. To request a visit or register your interest in an Open Event, please complete the Enquiry Form, and a member of our Admissions Team will be in touch.

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After looking around our website, we hope you have a picture of what life is like at St Joseph’s College, an independent day and boarding school in Suffolk.


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Travel to St Joseph’s College

St Joseph’s College is located on the edge/outskirts of the town of Ipswich and is easily accessible via both the A12 and A14. There are several convenient drop-off and collection points and parking areas on campus.

The College is an hour away from London and Cambridge by train, and with Stansted airport one hour and Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports just one and a half hours by car, it is ideally suited for international families. 

St Joseph’s College operates its own daily Transport Service, with routes covering a number of locations including Colchester, Tendring, Dedham Vale, Coggeshall, Woodbridge and areas of Ipswich. Details of routes, times and costs can be found here. Because this service is operated by the school, it is designed to allow students to attend after-school clubs, sports practices and other activities and can, subject to demand, be expanded to take in different routes and pick-up points.


Here you will find answers to some of the commonly asked questions about St Joseph’s College open days. Feel free to browse through the questions to learn more.

Can my child have a Taster Day?

Yes, of course! We do ask that an application has been received and their entrance assessment completed so that we can tailor the day with appropriate sets and subjects.

How can St Jo’s Senior School support my child’s transition from a smaller local school and help them feel confident and excited about this new chapter in their academic journey?

St Jo’s understands that moving to a new school can be daunting for some students and also for some parents! That’s why we offer several opportunities to bolster children’s confidence and excitement about joining us. Our Mission Impossible event provides incoming Year 7s with a chance to join our current Year 6s for a fun and immersive day before accepting a place at the College. Senior School students have two transition days in June. Year 7s  have the place to themselves when they join us a day ahead of the rest of the College in September. This means they get off to a flying start by meeting their classmates and teachers, and learning a little more about St Jo’s before the timetable begins.

How do you stretch those who are thriving academically?

St Jo’s offers a range of opportunities to stretch those who are thriving academically. We have advanced courses, such as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), Foundation Project Qualification (FPQ), and Higher Project Qualification (HPQ), allowing students to gain valuable research and presentation skills in areas of their choosing. There are enrichment programmes, and subject-specific challenges, such as national and international maths competitions and language spelling bees. Our teachers provide personalised support and guidance to help students reach their full potential.

I may need help with the fees. Is help available?

Our Admissions team are skilled at answering these enquiries. An open conversation is always welcome and as relevant, means-tested bursaries can be applied for.

Is St Joseph’s College an academically selective independent school?

We are proud to be a non-academically selective school. We welcome students of all abilities and believe in stretching the most academically able, whilst also supporting those who may need additional support. Our aim is to create an inclusive and supportive community where every student can reach their full potential.

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