St Joseph’s College celebrates excellent GCSE results
Pupils at St Joseph’s College in Reading are celebrating an outstanding set of GCSE results, with grades up for the fourth year in a row. 47% of the results were at grades 9-7 (A*-A), with 96% at 9-4 (A*-C) and an overall 100% pass mark. 94% of pupils achieved 8 passes at grade 4/C and above, including English and Maths. Four pupils achieved all ten of their GCSEs at grades 9-7/A*-A.
As well as impressive grades in academic subjects, pupils have been getting involved in many extra-curricular activities. Louis, whose grades were 9 at 9-7/A*-A and one at grade 6 has had an exciting summer: “I’ve been on the choir tour to Italy, and when we returned I went straight into the studio to record three singles with my band. I’ve also played the lead role in the school production of Little Shop of Horrors earlier this academic year.”
Headmaster Andrew Colpus celebrated with the pupils this morning: “I’m proud of the achievements of each and every one of our pupils. The new GCSEs are tougher than in previous years and it was difficult to know how the pupils would perform. We are delighted with how hard they have worked, and the excellent grades they have been awarded as a result. We are very much looking forward to continuing to work with them in the Sixth Form, both in their A Level studies, and to develop life skills such as communication, commitment, collaboration and confidence.”
Congratulations to all our A Level pupils
We would like to wish all Year 13 students our warmest congratulations on their excellent A Level results this year, with 38% of results graded A* or A. All of our students are going on to university, with plans to study subjects as diverse as Veterinary Science, Music, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Global Sustainable Development.
St Joseph’s College is about more than just exam results though, and we are proud of our students who leave the school as confident young adults, having developed a wealth of skills as they have progressed through their years at St Joseph’s.
As well as studying for A Levels, they have spent their two years of Sixth Form preparing for their future careers and lives at university and beyond. Students have had opportunities to take part in a varied range of co-curricular and leadership schemes, both in school and in the wider community. These have enabled students to learn important life skills, as House Captain Katie Bouwer explains: “Being a House Captain has taught me patience and a real ‘can do’ attitude. I’ve only been at St Joseph’s for the Sixth Form but I could not have asked for a better two years. The school has definitely managed to get the best out of me.” She leaves with A*AB grades, as well as a Distinction in her LAMDA Gold Medal, and will study English at Bristol University.
Georgia Boyle agrees: “I’ve done a lot of public speaking in the Sixth Form which has really helped me to develop confidence. I’ve also been on this summer’s trip to Uganda, where we taught at a local school and helped in the community.” She is going on to study Medicine at the University of East Anglia.
Students have also studied for the Extended Project Qualification, which forms part of the Sixth Form curriculum, with 35% of students gaining an A*. This helps them to study at a deeper level and prepares them for the research and independent study they will be expected to undertake at university. Topics for these have been as diverse as “To what extent was Elisabeth I's image as ‘the Virgin Queen’ crafted?” and “Is the development of nuclear energy the answer to the earth's environmental crisis?”