St. Joseph's Catholic College

St. Joseph's isA Good School , Ofsted 2014.
Teaching is typified by good, professional relationships between teachers and their students. Teachers have high expectations with regards to students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning, Ofsted 2014.
The Principal and senior leaders have maintained improvements at the college, particularly with regard to thequality of teaching and students’ achievement, Ofsted 2014.

A welcome from the Principal

Welcome to St Joseph’s Catholic College. When speaking to prospective parents I usually start with the question what do we want for our children? Our answer in St Joseph’s is that we want them to be happy and we want them to achieve to their full potential. Our aim is to provide a caring and supportive environment in which each individual can progress academically, spiritually and culturally.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Post Sixteen Prospectus

Dates for your Diary

Year 8 Parents Evening (ABLM)
Thursday, 23rd April

Year 7 Inter-school Gifted and Talented Day
Thursday, 23rd April

Year 8 Parents Evening (CESW)
Tuesday, 28th April

I write this piece for the newsletter in the week that the Department for Education (DFE) releases the official School and College performance tables. There is a great deal of detail in these tables showing the progress our students have made and allowing comparisons with other schools locally and nationally. In the local newspaper we were ranked as the top school in the town on the five A*-C including English and Maths measure, but I would draw your attention to one point which is not explained by the DFE. The government made a change to the rules for compiling such tables which allows only the inclusion of the first sitting of any exam. Therefore the students who did resits and improved their grades are not included in the tables. Our view is to do what is best for the students so any decisions about resits are made on this criterion. Our Key Stage 4 percentage of students achieving 5A*-C GCSE including English and maths appears as 67%, which was the highest in Swindon but the actual figure achieved by our young people is 70%.

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The regional schools commissioner for south-west England Sir David Carter visited St. Joseph’s Catholic College this week. Sir David is responsible for making decisions about academies and free schools across the south-west. He met with Mr Hughes and students as well as visiting lessons in English, Art and History. Sir David said he was “very impressed by St. Joseph’s and the strong improvements achieved through the focus on teaching and feedback to students”.

Mr Hughes said he was delighted that Sir David had taken the time to come and see the quality of education given in St Joseph’s. He had discussed with him some of the problems facing schools at the moment and had been very proud of to show him the excellent work being done around the college. “It was particularly good to hear our young people talking about their learning and being able to explain what they were doing so well to Sir David”.


Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to you to share the positive news regarding our recent Ofsted inspection. The Ofsted judgements were that St Joseph’s no longer requires Special Measures and is Good in all categories.

This news is very encouraging for us all as it demonstrates that the changes we have worked hard to introduce into the College are proving to be successful. The removal of Special Measures is not easy and Ofsted only recommend it when they are confident that the future of the school is secure. Many schools in the Special Measures category move to the Requires Improvement category. St Joseph’s has moved straight to Good. This is particularly impressive as it has been accomplished in just under fifty school weeks.

Ofsted make the following judgements which feed into the overall judgement.

  • Achievement is good
  • Leadership is good
  • The behaviour and safety of pupils are good
  • The quality of teaching is good
  • The Sixth Form is good

Throughout the inspection, Ofsted were impressed by the hard work, commitment and dedication of our staff and students. They share our confidence that standards are good. They are impressed by the strong improvements in the quality of teaching and the changes to the curriculum.

As a parent, I hope that you will be pleased with the many positive comments that the Inspectors made about our community, in particular they said:

  • “A culture of working together exists to ensure that students receive a highly effective educational experience”
  • Our students are “polite … exhibiting good attitudes to learning”
  • “positive working relationships exist between teachers and students ”
  • “Teaching across most subjects and in the Sixth Form, is at least consistently good”
  • “The quality of feedback and marking students receive is usually of high quality”
  • “Achievement has risen significantly across the college and continues to improve”
  • “Our Sixth Form students are making good progress”

I would like to thank all those parents who responded positively to the Parent View questionnaire. 86% of the 107 respondents said they would recommend the school to other parents. We do know we still have some areas to improve. However, I hope you agree that today’s news is incredibly encouraging and provides evidence that we are going from strength to strength.

I would like to thank all students, parents, staff and Governors for their hard work and dedication since the College was placed in Special Measures 14 months ago. This is an important judgment for the College and our wider community. I am delighted that our combined hard work has been recognised by Ofsted. You can read the full report on our website or ask at Reception for a paper copy.

We look forward to continuing this positive trend into the future.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Hughes

Click here to view the report
Section 48 Report December 2013

College Profile on Ofsted Website
Ofsted ParentView

We have set up and confirmed the dates for our Uniform Pop-Up shops for 2015. The shops will be taking place on the following dates:

Wednesday, 29th April 2015
Tuesday, 7th July 2015

More information will be provided closer to the dates of each event. We look forward to seeing you there.

Year 10 Alternative Curriculum were fortunate to have Joffre White, a professional, published author and Patron of the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature, to join them for a recent lesson. This lesson was an introductory session which will eventually lead to our students producing copyrighted pieces of creative writing which will also assist them with their ASDAN qualifications.

Joffre engaged the students with his views (and theirs!) on current popular teenage fiction and its presentation on the big screen. We also considered the freedom we enjoy in the UK to enjoy literature and to be creative.


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Free School Meals

Claiming for free school meals (FSM) means that the College can also get up to £900 of additional funding per child for uniform, equipment and educational trips, all items your child will benefit from. Our card payment system also makes being on FSM discrete and anonymous. We are all living through challenging times financially so if you think your circumstances make your child eligible for FSM please apply using the form below or call 01793 714201.

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