St. Joseph's Catholic College
St. Joseph's isA Good School , Ofsted 2014.
Teaching is typified by good, professional relationships between teachers and their students. Teachers have high expectations with regards to students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning, Ofsted 2014.
The Principal and senior leaders have maintained improvements at the college, particularly with regard to thequality of teaching and students’ achievement, Ofsted 2014.

Principals Message

Welcome to St Joseph’s Catholic College. When speaking to prospective parents I usually start with the question what do we want for our children? Our answer in St Joseph’s is that we want them to be happy and we want them to achieve to their full potential. Our aim is to provide a caring and supportive environment in which each individual can progress academically, spiritually and culturally.

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The College is open as normal.
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Post Sixteen Prospectus

Dates for your Diary


Sixth Form Application Deadline
Wednesday, 17th December

Christmas Services
Wednesday, 17th December

College Closes for Students
Thursday, 18th December

College Re-Opens for Students
Monday, 5th January

On Thursday 18th December, students will be finishing at 1:20pm

The College reopens to Students on the 5th January 2015. We would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.


Starting at the end of January 2015, there will be a course taking place at St. Joseph's for parents who do not speak English as a first language.

Please click here for more information on the course and how to sign up for a place.

In this Advent of expectation draw us together in unity, that our praise and worship might echo in these walls and also through our lives. In this Advent of expectation draw us together in mission, that the hope within might be the song we sing, and the melody of our lives. In this Advent of expectation draw us together in service, that the path we follow might lead us from a stable to a glimpse of eternity.

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to you to share the positive news regarding our recent Ofsted inspection. The Ofsted judgements were that St Joseph’s no longer requires Special Measures and is Good in all categories.

This news is very encouraging for us all as it demonstrates that the changes we have worked hard to introduce into the College are proving to be successful. The removal of Special Measures is not easy and Ofsted only recommend it when they are confident that the future of the school is secure. Many schools in the Special Measures category move to the Requires Improvement category. St Joseph’s has moved straight to Good. This is particularly impressive as it has been accomplished in just under fifty school weeks.

Ofsted make the following judgements which feed into the overall judgement.

  • Achievement is good
  • Leadership is good
  • The behaviour and safety of pupils are good
  • The quality of teaching is good
  • The Sixth Form is good

Throughout the inspection, Ofsted were impressed by the hard work, commitment and dedication of our staff and students. They share our confidence that standards are good. They are impressed by the strong improvements in the quality of teaching and the changes to the curriculum.

As a parent, I hope that you will be pleased with the many positive comments that the Inspectors made about our community, in particular they said:

  • “A culture of working together exists to ensure that students receive a highly effective educational experience”
  • Our students are “polite … exhibiting good attitudes to learning”
  • “positive working relationships exist between teachers and students ”
  • “Teaching across most subjects and in the Sixth Form, is at least consistently good”
  • “The quality of feedback and marking students receive is usually of high quality”
  • “Achievement has risen significantly across the college and continues to improve”
  • “Our Sixth Form students are making good progress”

I would like to thank all those parents who responded positively to the Parent View questionnaire. 86% of the 107 respondents said they would recommend the school to other parents. We do know we still have some areas to improve. However, I hope you agree that today’s news is incredibly encouraging and provides evidence that we are going from strength to strength.

I would like to thank all students, parents, staff and Governors for their hard work and dedication since the College was placed in Special Measures 14 months ago. This is an important judgment for the College and our wider community. I am delighted that our combined hard work has been recognised by Ofsted. You can read the full report on our website or ask at Reception for a paper copy.

We look forward to continuing this positive trend into the future.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Hughes

Click here to view the report

As part of looking to gain our eSafety 360 mark, we have been asking Staff, Students and Parents to complete surveys about eSafety. It would be greatly apprecitaed if parents and carers of students could take five minutes to fill this survey out below. The survey is anonymous, and designed to obtain an idea of how you use computers at home and how much you know about eSafety.

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Free School Meals

Claiming for free school meals (FSM) means that the College can also get up to £900 of additional funding per child for uniform, equipment and educational trips, all items your child will benefit from. Our card payment system also makes being on FSM discrete and anonymous. We are all living through challenging times financially so if you think your circumstances make your child eligible for FSM please apply using the form below or call 01793 714201.

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Contact Us

St. Joseph's Catholic College
Ocotal Way

01793 714200
Student Absence: 01793 714236
Post Sixteen: 01793 714243

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