“St Jo’s is special to me because it has truly changed my life. It allowed me to be myself while at the same time excelling academically and developing emotionally.”

– Carys Smith, Student


We’re all in this together – every day and always

The community sets St Joseph’s College apart. The family feel and sense of being a valued part of something bigger make it a very pleasant place to come to school for students, for parents and families, for alumni and for staff.

Thanks partner – together we can do so much

St Joseph’s College is fully committed to partnerships in the local community and beyond, believing them to be mutually beneficial.

Our students are encouraged to recognise themselves within the context of a wider community, region, nation and planet. For them and for St Joseph’s College as a whole, this context offers opportunities and responsibilities.

The school has strong and developing links with a number of organisations, with important partnerships in the areas of Sport and the Arts, including Ipswich Town FC, Ealing Trailfinders and Northampton Saints Rugby Clubs, Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, Arts International, Arts Council England and NSX Adventure. Students receive access to high-level specialist support and pathways through these partnerships.

In turn, the school uses its in-house expertise, facilities and links to the benefit of local maintained schools and groups. St Joseph’s also works hard to support a large number of charities, including East Anglian Air Ambulance, local children’s and adult hospices, cancer charities, Children in Need, Comic Relief and the Ukraine Appeal. Support for the wider world begins at Prep School, with beach cleans, bird counts and Christmas appeals in aid of children in need both locally and internationally. Opportunities continue right through the College, with our Sixth Formers spearheading the annual People in Need appeal, now in its fourth decade.  

Our House system fosters student community and engagement

The house system at St Joseph’s College fosters enrichment, leadership and personal development

St Joseph’s College currently has four houses: 

  • Birkfield (Red) taken from the name of the Georgian house at the centre of the campus. It is now the school’s administrative building.
  • Goldrood (Yellow) takes its name from the Grade ll listed mansion in use as a boys’ boarding house. 
  • La Salle (Green) is named in honour of the College’s patron saint, John-Baptist de la Salle.  
  • Orwell (Blue) celebrates the nearby River Orwell, which can be seen from the first-floor windows across the campus.

The house system at St Joseph’s College fosters enrichment, leadership and personal development. In 2018, the decision was taken to modernise and invigorate the system, making it fresh and relevant to today’s students. This was not a break from the past but a re-evaluation of what would work best for our current and future girls and boys.

Today’s version offers opportunities in charity, service, the Arts, Sport, culture and the social sphere. Competition is encouraged, allowing the students to experience the highs – and inevitable lows – of commitment and drive. Being part of something bigger has proved an excellent support mechanism for students as they develop their teamwork and sense of belonging. Houses group students vertically, with all ages (including staff) coming together for a common cause, and they are also effective in allowing everyone’s voice to be heard.

At St Jo’s we are proud to have earned the Anti Bullying Ambassador Award. This recognises that our school offers the tools needed to effectively tackle bullying behaviour and create a safer, kinder community.

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