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GCSE results will be available for collection from 9am in the Hall on Thursday 21st August

St Joseph’s Catholic High School GCSE Results.

Students at St Joseph’s are today celebrating excellent GCSE examination results. The school bucked the national trend and increased both the overall pass-rate and the percentage of students achieving 5 A*-C grades including Maths and English. Of particular note is the spectacular performance of students in the all-important English GCSE with students achieving a record 92% A*-C a performance, a result that is significantly higher than the national average and that compares to some of the most prestigious institutions nationally.

The benchmark by which schools are judged has changed in recent years. Levels of progress from a student’s starting point are now deemed to be equally as important as overall attainment. Whilst the overall number of students achieving 5 A*-C GCSE is pleasing at 73% a record number of students made ‘exceptional’ progress in English and Maths. The increased performance of the cohort reflects the high levels of aspiration and challenge at the school. Headteacher Ciran Stapleton said of the results ‘’the exceptional performance of the students reflects the fabric of school community as a whole. The diligence of teachers, support of parents, the character and belief of the student body have all contributed to these excellent results’’. Record numbers of students will now remain at St Josephs to complete 6th form courses with numbers up by 50%.

Congratulations to all our Sixth Form students

• All Level 3 qualifications (BTEC and A2): A*-B= 50%, A*-C= 72%,  A-E= 98%.


• All BTEC: 69.3% Double Distinction * for BTEC (equivalent to 2 A* at A2), 92.3% Distinction*/Double Distinction (equivalent to 2 A*/ 2 A at A2) 100% pass rate at Merit level or above.

Head Teacher Ciran Stapleton said he was ‘delighted that this reflects a rapid improvement in results for the students. Next year St. Joseph students will be studying Law, Architecture, History, International Business, Business Management, Art, Musical Theatre to name but a few and taking our values to Portsmouth, Chichester, Kingston and Coventry among many others. Their success shows the potential this school has.
He added, ‘ There are many ways to measure the success of a school but the most important has to be Value Added which shows on that our students on average walked away with an average of a C grade per qualification . This is a testament to their efforts and those of the staff who walked every step of the way with them’.

Letter from HMI 09/06/14

Our mission is to ensure all children experience the love of Christ through the presence of each other, the staff, our parents and the Church. By working together we aim to deliver an education that is second to none within an unashamedly Catholic atmosphere that equips our next generation in a combination of intellect and Spirit, faith and reason, prayer and action, to lead and challenge society for the better.

We are inspired by St Joseph, patron Saint of workers and a member of the Holy Family. We aim to create a place where children aren’t just loved but that they know they are loved. It is this ethos that enables our children to become academically successful, one indicator being that the school was placed in the top 100 most improving schools in the country in 2012. Here, all children are developed according to their ability and we make every effort to ensure that we reach out to all regardless of background.

You’ll experience a happy atmosphere at St. Josephs in which the dignity and worth of each pupil and member of staff is recognised, developed and safeguarded. Our school is recognised for its atmosphere of welcome where all feel at home in a sense of safety and security. Staff are willing to be present with the pupils in friendship and to go that one step further, where this is necessary, to meet the needs of young people.

Ciran Stapleton,
Head Teacher