Saturday, 29 February 2020

‘Trailblazing approach’ is honoured

ST Joseph’s College is an independent day school located in the heart of Reading that welcomes

ST Joseph’s College is an independent day school located in the heart of Reading that welcomes boys and girls, aged three to 18.

It was recently named independent school of the year by the Times Educational Supplement, with the judges commenting on its “trailblazing approach” to developing the school.

Receiving such an award is a huge honour for any school but especially St Joseph’s College, which has been on an amazing journey over the last few years.

The award recognises the transformation of St Joseph’s from a girls’ school with just over 300 pupils in 2010 to today’s co-educational school with more than 500 pupils and an equal number of boys and girls.

During this same period the school has cut senior fees by 17 per cent, so the fees are now significantly lower than other local independent schools.

There has been a lot of debate in the national press about independent education becoming unaffordable, so St Joseph’s is delighted to be able to address this issue, making independent education more affordable and therefore available to a greater number of children.

The college has also implemented a campus-wide investment programme, which is ongoing as all aspects of the buildings and grounds are updated and improved, including the dining hall, swimming pool, classrooms and common areas as well as new artificial pitches.

The award is seen as a catalyst to strive for further growth and excellence.

However, more important than the award and the developments is the desire to create a school where each pupil is happy and enjoys coming to school.

With this in mind, St Joseph’s has created its mission around four key attributes that it feels each pupil should develop: commitment, collaboration, confidence and communication.

Each one is a thread that runs through each child’s spiritual, academic, pastoral and  extracurricular education, aiming to nurture skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

There is a strong focus on lifelong learning rather than just providing pupils with the skills to get into university.

Pupils love going to school at St Joseph’s and a regular parent and pupil satisfaction survey reflects this.

St Joseph’s is a unique place. It is a school where each pupil is known as an individual and will be fully prepared for adult life with the academic results and life skills that will allow them to shine.

This, to us, is the true measure of our success.

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