St Joseph's College

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Upper Redlands Road
0118 9661000
3 - 18
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) or A*-C including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths

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St Joseph's College is a leading coeducational independent day school in Reading, Berkshire. The junior section is known as St Joseph's College Prep School. St Joseph's College achieves academic excellence in a caring and vibrant Christian community in which individual talents are recognised and developed. St Joseph's College was founded in 1910 by the Sisters of St Marie Madeleine Postel, whose aim was to provide a good education in a warm and loving atmosphere. Key points of entry are Early Years (Under 5s), Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12. Pupils can join St Joseph’s at any time during the academic year, subject to the availability of a place.

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News & events from St Joseph's College

Last update: 21 November 2019




Following on from winning Independent School of the Year at the hotly contested TES Independent School Awards, St Joseph's is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2019 awards in the 'Wellbeing initiative of the Year' category. 

This award highlights "an impressive initiative to improve mental health".  Read more here

Head Andrew Colpus said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted once again for these prestigious awards. The wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance at St Joseph’s College and we are very pleased to be recognised as a leader amongst independent schools in this category.”

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Andrew Colpus, Headmaster, recently answered this question on the St Joseph's College Blog.

"Choosing a school for your child, whether primary or secondary, can be a minefield. Considering factors such as academic results, wider social and moral education, ethics, school reputation, class sizes, peers, facilities – the list is endless and mind boggling.

However, it can be argued that the most important thing is the environment that your child will be in. This is the heart of a school, the hub from which all other aspects radiate. Faith schools undoubtedly have a strong basis for this environment, an ethos that stems from the religious establishment. Read the full story here >>

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Our next Early Years Open Mornings and Senior Open Mornings are:

Thursday 13 February

Wednesday 11 March

Senior School events are for pupils joining the school at Year 7 or above. They start with a tour of the school followed by an address by the Headmaster, and the opportunity to talk to key members of staff. 

Early Years Open Mornings (9.30am - 11.00am) ) are for parents interested in our Early Years Centre, for children from the age of 3. These are informal occasions and all family members are welcome to accompany you.

Please contact the Admissions department on 0118 984 6909 or email [email protected] for more information on registration lists.

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GCSE results 2019


The efforts and hard work of Year 11 students have resulted in excellent GCSE results again this year, with 45% achieving grades 9-7, 98% gaining grades 9-4 and an overall pass rate of 100%. 12% of students achieved all ten of their GCSEs at grades 9 to 7.

Adelle performed exceptionally well gaining grades 9 and 8 for all ten of her GCSEs, and a grade A for Further Maths. Adelle has many interests and enjoys her time at St Joseph’s, praising the school for its diversity: “They try to build you up in every area, not just with academic subjects, but also extra-curricular activities. As a keen musician I have taken part in many concerts and I also belong to three choirs.” Adelle is going on to study A Levels in Maths, Biology and Art, which are her favourite subjects. She is hoping this will lead her to a degree course in Psychology or Medical Sciences.

Aarya achieved grades 9 to 7 for all her GCSEs. In addition she passed Electronics with a Distinction: “I am so excited with my results, the past two years here have been amazing. Coming to St Joseph’s in Year 10, I didn’t think it would be easy to fit in as well as I did, but everyone made me so welcome. I particularly love Maths and Chemistry and I am going to study these for A Level with Biology. Eventually, I’d like to go on the study Natural Sciences, Medicine or Chemistry.”

Susan gained two GCSEs at grade 9 and five at grade 8 as well as a Distinction in Electronics: “Studying for GCSEs is definitely stressful but the teachers have been so helpful and supportive, giving frequent encouragements of ‘you can do it!’ In Year 10, I also had the opportunity to get involved with the manufacture and presentation of a Formula 1 car, as part of STEM activities, which was brilliant.” Following her work on an academic project aiming to raise awareness of ME, Susan was awarded a Scholarship in 2018. She now looks forward to the Sixth Form to study Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths.

Harry, a keen sportsman, gained grades 9 to 7 for all of his ten GCSEs, including a grade 8 for PE: “I’ve been able to play a lot of sport at St Joseph’s, particularly rugby and football, which are my favourites. Also completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award gave me the chance to help coach a football team.”

Elizabeth also gained grades 9 to 7 for her ten GCSEs and is very happy with her results: “One of the many things I like about St Joseph’s is the small classes, which create an excellent learning space. The school has the feel of a strong community and I have built strong relationships with the teaching staff as well as the students.”

Hannah agrees that the small teaching groups make it easier to learn and develop good relations with students and staff: “I was extremely nervous today before opening my results envelope, but relieved and happy when I saw my grades. I’m proud that all the hard work paid off and I am looking forward to joining the sixth form to study English, History and Philosophy & Ethics. I’ve been very happy at St Joseph’s and have taken advantage of the many opportunities available, including teaching dance to people with special needs through work experience with StopGap.”

George is going on to study Physics, Maths and Geography having gained two GCSEs at grade 9 and four at grade 8: “It’s been hard work but a good experience: the standard of teaching is great and the teachers helped us to believe in ourselves. I’m looking forward to joining the Sixth Form.”

Jessica is delighted to gain seven GCSEs at grade 9 and two at grade 8, together with a grade A for Further Maths: “I have loved it here at St Joseph’s. The teachers taught us in a way that gets you passionate about the subjects, and I am so pleased with my results.”

Headmaster Andrew Colpus said: “I am delighted with how hard our students have worked to achieve such excellent grades across a wide range of subjects. Every student achieved seven or more GCSEs including Maths and English, which provides them with a firm foundation for their future studies.”



A Level results 2019 


Many congratulations to all of our Year 13 students for their hard work and achievements. 91% of our students gained A* to C grades, which is a fantastic result, with many going on to their first choice university. Course choices range from Physics, Law and Geography to Music, Graphic Design and English.

Isabel gained an A* for Drama as well as an A grade in Music, and is going on to study Music at York University: “My time at St Joseph’s has been a fantastic experience. I came to the school in Year 5, following my two brothers, who had both attended the school, and I wouldn’t have wanted to go anywhere else. The music and drama departments are just amazing! I selected York as my first option because it was recommended to me as having a great reputation for music, and when I attended their Open Day, I really liked it.”

Jacob achieved AAB grades in Maths, Physics and IT and has gained a place at Exeter to read Physics: “I’ve needed to put in some hard work, but it has also been fun. I’ve been able to get involved with a number of initiatives that have helped to build my confidence, for example CyberCenturion, a visit to CERN and STEM activities. The teachers here are great, really supportive, and helped me out when needed. Physics is my favourite subject so being able to study it for a degree will be brilliant.”

Dillon has gained a place at Southampton University to study Biochemistry: “I am so pleased to be going to Southampton. I’ve worked hard and all the teachers have been a great help, in particular my Maths’ teacher, who gave me huge support, which I believe has enabled me to gain a Grade A for Maths.”

Jemima is also heading for Southampton, where she has been offered a place to study Biomedical Sciences. Jemima joined St Joseph’s when she was five: “I am so grateful to the school for the good start and everything it has given me. The teachers have not only supported me academically, they have helped to prepare me for life and the challenges that lie ahead.”

The experience of being part of St Joseph’s College is about much more than just exam results. We are extremely proud of all of our students who leave us as confident young people.

Head Girl, Emily, has taken advantage of many of the opportunities available to students, including the CAFOD Youth Leadership Programme: “After being elected as Head Girl, I was keen to set up a project that would give something back to the school. In collaboration with the three other head students we started a mental health project, which aimed to raise awareness, get people talking, and reduce the stigma that has historically been attached to mental health issues. It was a fantastic project encouraging everyone to get involved and breaking down barriers”. Emily is now looking forward to studying Geography at Birmingham University.

Caitlin gained an A* in Drama and is going on to study English and Drama at Royal Holloway: “The drama department is excellent at St Joseph’s, having opportunities that I don’t believe would be available elsewhere. I received a lot of support, especially when times got a bit tough, and being a Drama Prefect presented chances to help and work with younger pupils, which has added to my experience.”

Stuart has made a significant contribution to St Joseph’s music department, nominated as a Music Prefect and also overseeing the Junior Windband. Stuart, who joined the school in Year 7, said that getting involved with music completely altered his approach to it: “It changed my attitude from merely liking music to actually feeling I was a musician. In many ways I shall be sorry to leave St Joseph’s, it’s such a close community and I have been very happy here. I will be especially sorry to leave the music department, which has been fantastic, but I am looking forward to taking on new challenges at Royal Holloway. I’ll be studying Law with International Relations including a year out in industry.”

Getting involved with Young Enterprise in Year 12, has encouraged Alex to pursue a degree in International Business at Sussex University: “The Young Enterprise team I led as Managing Director focused on selling electrical gadgets and providing a service for recycling electrical products. I enjoyed it so much I decided I wanted to follow business as my career.”

Clodagh is very excited to be going to Exeter University to study Medical Sciences: “This is the course I most wanted to do, and it’s brilliant that I got a place. I have been at St Joseph’s since I was three years old, and have enjoyed every year at the school. The teachers are always helpful, they show that they care about you, and they’re so enthusiastic about their subjects, it becomes contagious! I have made loads of good friends and I plan to keep in touch with all of them.”

Headmaster, Andrew Colpus, said: “I am delighted that all of our students have performed exceptionally well and achieved excellent results, as well as the skills they’ve gained in commitment, confidence, collaboration and communication, which will set them in great stead for their future success at university and in their future careers”.


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