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St Joseph's College

St Joseph's College

Belstead Road, Ipswich, IP2 9DR, Suffolk

01473 690281


St Joseph's College
School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Principal Mrs Danielle Clarke
Date Appointed 2014
Co-ed Age Range 3-18
Reception - Year 2 £9,870
Years 3 - 6 £12,810
Associations BSA, AGBIS, ISCis, SofH

Everyone wants the very best for their child and for their child to be the very best they can be. I believe a St Joseph's College Prep School education fosters this by treating each child as an individual and making them feel valued.

Every child is unique but all benefit from excellent foundations laid down when they are very young, and by the creation of aspiration.

Academic standards and rigour are a given at St Joseph's, but we provide a great deal more than exam success alone. We add value to the education process on many levels, by offering a wide and varied curriculum, enhanced by a diverse range of extra-curricular clubs. Most importantly, we maintain an invariably warm and welcoming environment. The children want to be here.

Core subjects are vital, but we place equal value on what happens beyond them - sport, music, drama, art, engineering and the excitement of variety add extra dimensions to a child's life.

Extra-curricular activities introduce children to new skills, engage them in social activities, develop positive learning traits and help to shape their lives in a positive way. We see brilliance in every child. That is our watchword and one we believe in wholeheartedly. Every child has talents and skills; some of these are more difficult to find and recognise, but St Joseph's College Prep School is excellent at unearthing hidden talents as well as nurturing the more evident ones.

We have introduced Engineering and Forest Schools to ensure that we are offering the most relevant curriculum for our pupils. We want them to have the tools to be able to make a positive contribution to a changing world.

Visiting speakers come to us and we go out on local and residential trips to enhance learning and to engage with diverse cultures, attitudes and interests. These experiences stimulate aspiration and engender mutual respect.

Our class sizes are smaller than state primary schools, with a favourable ratio of staff to pupils. Our children benefit from specialist teachers in music and PE. As part of a through-school taking children right up to A-levels, we have access to impressive facilities and a wealth of expertise.

Additional support can be given when needed, building the confidence which is so important for a child. Equally, further individual challenges are put in place for our high flyers, whatever their area of excellence. Our enthusiastic and passionate teaching staff inspire and nurture a love of learning and instil inquisitive learning in pupils, allowing all our girls and boys to become independent thinkers.

The happiness and wellbeing of pupils is paramount and lies at the heart of everything that St Joseph's does and achieves.

The Prep School nurtures young minds during their formative years and is vital in shaping each individual child, promoting self-esteem and encouraging all to develop and flourish. Values, standards and expectations remain high on the list of priorities, as do discipline and mutual care.

A sense of family epitomises our school, built upon open communication. We like to involve parents in the school community: they are always welcome to pop by and speak to the teachers. The partnership between parent, school and child offers 360˚support, ensuring every opportunity is available for our pupils to flourish both academically and socially.

We ensure that children feel safe and secure. They leave us with a wealth of happy memories, often a legacy of lifelong friendships.

We like to strike a balance between traditional and innovative practice and our Prep School education ensures that every child will move to senior school as a well-rounded individual, having forged a niche of their own. They are prepared for a changing and evolving world but, more importantly, they are ready for the next stage of their education.