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St Joseph's College

Belstead Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, England IP2 9DR

Age Range & Fees

Age Range3 to 18
Annual Day Fees *£11070 to £13905
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£22935 to £25080
Annual Full Boarding Fees *£24000 to £31905
* Currency: GB Pound

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
70Full Boarding19
5Weekly Boarding1

Number of Staff

Full-time: 155
Part-time: 13

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Mrs Danielle Clarke

St Joseph's College occupies an impressive 60-acre site in the heart of Ipswich, providing a serene environment for the education of girls and boys. Many start in our Nursery from the age of three, progress to the Prep School and remain with us throughout the Senior School until they are 18. Our day pupils thrive together with our full and weekly senior boarders.

Our facilities include the architect-designed award-winning Prep School, a sleek, state-of-the art Sixth Form Centre (opened September 2016), dance studio, auditorium, sports hall and Astroturf.

At the heart of St Joseph's is our inspiring Chapel. This provides an anchor for the school life that revolves around it. It captures the spirit of community which runs through the school, fostering an atmosphere of teamwork and support between staff and pupils; indeed it can accommodate all 700 of us. Our philosophy is centred on a strong sense of Christian community and a supportive family atmosphere permeates all we do.

Realising each pupil's potential is the bedrock of a St Joseph's education: we want each young person to be prepared to lead a fulfilled, productive, responsible, happy and successful life. Expectations are high, both academically and socially and each child's progress is carefully monitored through our excellent pastoral and support structures.

The College offers a wide range of traditional and cutting-edge academic subjects, creative and performing arts, sports and extra-curricular activities. A strong emphasis is placed on the development of personal and social skills and on establishing positive attitudes to learning and to school life.

As students progress through the College, they are given opportunities for increased responsibility to enable them to develop a sense of service. This strategy of building confidence without arrogance nurtures attributes essential for personal and professional success in adult life.
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    What we offer

    • Business studies
    • Design technology
    • Drama/Theatre
    • Economics
    • Electronics
    • Engineering
    • Geology
    • Government/Politics
    • ICT
    • Painting/Sculpture
    • Photography
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Chinese
    • English
    • English as foreign/2nd language
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Archery
    • Athletics
    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Cricket
    • Cross-country
    • Fitness training
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Hockey
    • Martial arts
    • Netball
    • Rounders
    • Rugby
    • Squash
    • Swimming
    • Table tennis
    • Tennis
    • Touch rugby
    • Volleyball
    • Adventure training
    • Ballet
    • Chess
    • Dance
    • Drama productions
    • Duke of Edinburgh Award
    • Horse riding and management
    • Language club
    • Public speaking/Debating
    • Rowing
    • Sailing
    • Shooting
    • Skiing
    • Young Enterprise
    • Band/Orchestra
    • Brass
    • Choir
    • Guitar
    • Jazz
    • Keyboard
    • Organ
    • Percussion
    • Singing
    • Strings
    • Woodwind
    • After school club
    • Before school/Breakfast club
    • Experience of expatriates' children
    • Experience of gifted children
    • Experience of international students
    • Experience of services' children
    • Particular diets
    • Rail/Airport services
    • School bus service
    • Dyslexia

    Method of Entry

    • Assessment
    • Entry test or exam
    • Report from previous school
    • Trial day at school

    Scholarships & Bursaries

    • Other bursaries
    • Drama
    • Academic
    • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
    • Art
    • Junior school entry
    • Music
    • Senior school entry
    • All-rounder
    • Other scholarships
    • 6th Form
    • Sport
    • Ballet or dance
    • Means tested bursaries

    Curriculum and Exams:

    • A Level
      Advanced Level Examinations
    • AQA
      Assessments and Qualifications Alliance
    • BTEC
      Business and Technology Education Council
    • Edexcel Foundation
    • GCSE
      General Certicicate of Secondary Education
    • IGCSE
      International General Certicicate of Secondary Education
    • OCR
      Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations

    Religious Affiliation:

    • All denominations welcome
    • Christian

    Teaching Languages:

    • English
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