ST JOSEPH’S COL­LEGE

Bel­stead Road, Ip­swich, Suf­folk, IP2 9DR

EADT Suffolk - - Education - ad­mis­sions@stjos.co.uk | 01473 690 281 www.stjos.co.uk

We Cel­e­brate the Arts and Value the In­di­vid­ual

In our fam­ily-ori­ented school there are 600 in­di­vid­u­als and no need for stereo­types. You won’t find the stu­dents split into fac­tions – the aca­demic high fly­ers may well also ex­cel on the stage and the sporty ones find their sec­ond home in the art room. Our core val­ues are summed up in the words As­pi­ra­tion, Re­spect and Con­fi­dence, cho­sen by the Col­lege com­mu­nity as cru­cial out­comes for our chil­dren. Th­ese val­ues un­der­pin the stu­dents’ busy, pro­duc­tive days. Aca­demic re­sults are im­por­tant to us. Our Sixth For­m­ers’ progress at A-level has just been rated amongst the top 15% na­tion­ally for value added by the De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion. Our stu­dents go on to top uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try. We are known for our sport; the Col­lege is a cen­tre for elite young sports­men and women, with ex­cep­tional coach­ing and fa­cil­i­ties. Our an­nual Rugby Fes­ti­val is renowned across the UK and our girls’ U13 squash team has reached na­tional level. Many stu­dents have taken up ca­reers in pro­fes­sional sport. We are also proud of our ex­tra­or­di­nary pro­vi­sion in the Creative and Per­form­ing Arts. As with Sport and Aca­demics, the Arts per­vade Col­lege life – from first steps in per­cus­sion in the Nurs­ery to LAMDA Gold Medals in the Sixth Form. We don’t see the Arts as just an af­ter-school ac­tiv­ity, but as a means of self-ful­fil­ment and as a po­ten­tial ca­reer path. Whilst each year a hand­ful of top tal­ents will go on to lead­ing art and drama schools, the rest of the stu­dent body will also have grown in as­pi­ra­tion, re­spect and con­fi­dence through the creative process. Our an­nual mu­si­cal show per­formed in a pro­fes­sional the­atre is one high­light. An­other is our Arts Week, when ev­ery­one is urged to take their courage in their hands and per­form… or paint or cre­ate an art installation, write a poem, read a piece of lit­er­a­ture spe­cial to them­selves. The list is al­most end­less. We of­fer a va­ri­ety of schol­ar­ships and awards each year, recog­nis­ing aca­demic, sport­ing and artis­tic talent.

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