St. Joseph's Catholic College

Teaching and Learning

The College encourages all students to believe that success is founded on four key principles: self-belief, an ability to get along with others, organisation and persistence. They open the door to not only successful learning, but also to life.

The College is proud to offer its students a curriculum that is innovative, broad and balanced. We operate a personalised curriculum to ensure the academic and pastoral needs of our students are met. An example of this is where certain students sit some GCSEs at the end of Year 10, moving on to courses that give more depth and variety during Year 11.

The College is at the forefront of change regularly reviewing our curriculum to ensure it best meets our students’ requirements, listening to their changing needs (as well as those of employers and higher education institutes), and responding where appropriate.

In Key Stage 3 and 4, the College has shown steady improvement by increasing the percentage of students achieving five or more A*- C GCSE grades (including Mathematics and English) by 7% in three years, from 48% in 2009 to 55% in 2011.  In Key Stage 5, 91% of students achieve two or more A levels or equivalent, with 73% achieving three or more.  The College sees this as very much an upward trend, and we are relentless in our pursuit of improvement in all these areas.   

In Key Stage 3, students study a wide variety of subjects including Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, a Modern Foreign Language, Music, Art, Design Technology and Physical Education.

In Key Stage 4, students continue to follow the core curriculum of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Language (if chosen as an option in Year 8) and Physical Education. During Year 9, students have the opportunity to choose three other subjects they wish to study up to GCSE level. During the year, they have a variety of opportunities that are aimed at helping to inform this decision, which include taster sessions and a Transition Evening. Further information can be found in the Year 9 into 10 Transition Booklet by following this link.

Further details about all these subjects can be found on each department’s web page and from the Year 9 - 10 Options Information document here.

We offer a wide variety of Level 3 courses, including A Levels, BTECs and applied courses. We also offer an interesting Level 2 package in the Sixth Form, which prepares students for work or further study. Further details about Key Stage 5 can be found by following this link.

Details of KS4 courses the exam boards and revision guide can be found here