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Our Community


We believe we have an important role to play in the wider community.

St Joseph's is fully committed to fostering partnerships in the local community and beyond. We encourage students to take an active and constructive part not just in the life of our school community, but also to develop a sense of compassion and concern for others locally and globally, to enable students and the College to give something back.

The College is especially proud of those students who volunteer to support the Osiligi project in Kenya, where the College is supporting the Obaya Maasai co-educational school. It is a valuable partnership that is mutually beneficial, for their students and ours, for staff and the community. Such projects offer life-changing experiences for students, and reflect the College’s ethos and values.

Our annual Shoe Box Appeal and St Joseph’s People in Need Campaign at Christmas, ensure that students help families and children in the local Ipswich area and internationally. Other charities supported by the College have included Children in Need, Macmillan, St Elizabeth’s Hospice, EACH, Comic Relief and Save the Children.

In addition to charity connections, the College maintains links with local businesses, sports, cultural and arts groups including Red Rose Chain (theatre), Civil Service Netball, University Campus Suffolk (UCS), Copdock Cricket, Grasshoppers, Stonelodge Academy, St Mark’s School, Dance East, The Suffolk Carpentry and Renovation Club, and the Pauline Quirk Academy.

St Joseph’s College also partners with XUK, the provider of residential summer schools, which uses the Birkfield campus and facilities to deliver its specialist language training courses, primarily to European students. To find out more, click here.

Our links with the community continue to expand, and we welcome approaches from other interested parties. If you would like to explore possible links with the College please contact the Bursar at