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Insight Blog

Starting school is an exciting time for children, familes and staff. But, it can also be a daunting time, too. We know with a little preparation and encouragement, children settle in easily at St Jo's, ready to learn and full of excitement.

Insight is where we share our advice, resources and activities to help you and your child prepare for September. We're so excited to welcome you all.

Author: Ms Maclean, Pastoral Support Assistant

Hear from St Joseph's Pastoral Support Assistant, Kathryn Maclean.

Author: Mrs Taylor, Prep School Teacher

Mrs Taylor has been embarking on a new way of thinking and is currently studying the Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation.

Here is a short overview of what it is all about…

Author: Mrs Wood, Head of Prep

Mrs Wood recommends her top ten books for preschoolers.

Author: Mrs Wood, Head of Prep

'Top Tips' to help you prepare for the important milestone of the Reception year.

Author: Mrs Wood, Head of Prep

Our Prep School offers a wide and varied curriculum, enhanced by a diverse range of extra-curricular clubs and is an extremely welcoming environment.

Author: Mrs Wood, Head of Prep

Talk about the book with your child before reading – you could introduce any words to them you think they will struggle with. 

Author: Mrs Rowlands, Vice Principal Pastoral

From the start of the day at 7am, our boarders are ready to go and excited for the day ahead.

Author: Mrs Hughes, Engineering Teacher

Responding to her vision for a diversified curriculum, our Head of Prep School, Mrs Wood, and I worked together to create a new subject for the Key Stage 2 timetable which encompasses Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, but moves away from the title STEM.

Author: Mrs Wood, Head of Prep

Everyone wants the very best for their child. I believe a prep school education enables each child to be treated as an individual, to feel valued, and, above all, to be their best.

Author: Mr Tyler, Head of Cricket

It is hard to believe that the summer term of 2020 did not see a single ball bowled at the award winning, picturesque grounds of St Joseph’s. Students trained long hours throughout the winter, patiently waiting for their moment in the sun; the moment that unfortunately never came.

Author: Mr Kemsley, Futures Advisor

News from Mr Kemsley: Focused and Dedicated Job Seekers Still Thriving in Difficult Times.


Starting school can be an exciting, yet daunting and sometimes emotional experience for both children and parents. Parents spend many hours considering which school is best suited to their child. The deciding factors might include the quality of the educational provision, the pastoral care, facilities and location.


Pupils at St Joseph’s College Prep School have a love of reading.  Naturally, some are more enthusiastic than others, but we are committed to developing our children’s reading abilities from the moment they start with us to the moment they leave us, using various methods and innovative ideas to keep our young children engaged and to stretch them academically. 


Antifragility is a property of systems that increase in their capability to thrive as a result of stressors, shocks, volatility, noise, mistakes, faults, attacks, or failures. It is a concept developed by Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his 2013 book, Antifragile.


So, as we busy ourselves planning events to celebrate World Book Day this week, it seems fitting to take a moment to marvel at the power of the written word.  Reading at its most basic level enables us to function in the world as human beings.  How can we know which way to turn (literally) if we can’t read the road signs? 


“My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be.”

Dr Wayne W. Dyer


Outdoor learning is not just sport, outdoor pursuits and high-risk activities. It is taking the everyday curriculum and teaching it outside. The grounds at St. Joseph’s College provide the perfect setting to facilitate this. We do not have to ride in the College’s fleet of minibuses. We step outside the classroom and the world is our oyster…


At St Joseph’s College we believe in preparing students to perform confidently, independently and creatively upon the global stage. We pride ourselves in empowering young performers and artists to achieve great success and draw breath from the incredible resources of language, communication and performance. Recently our students have enjoyed success within LAMDA and we very are pleased to announce that our first cohort of ATCL performers, who sat Trinity examinations, took performance to a whole new level.


In any school leadership is critical, as is the inclusion of students as part of that leadership. The position of prefect is a position of responsibility and one which provides an important connection between pupils and staff. Our Year 6 prefects represent eight different teams: Digital Leaders, Play Leaders, Peer Mentors, Eco-Committee, Media Ambassadors, House Captains, Lunch Hall prefects and the Learning Council.


As the response to the Government’s consultation on ‘schools that work for everyone’, expected this spring, draws near, so the debate over the opening of new grammar schools and the issue of selective v non-selective education in state funded schools continues.