St Joseph's College
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Primary & Secondary
Post 16
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Upper Redlands Road
0118 9661000
3 - 18
Other independent school
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths

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Pre-Prep 3+

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School Description

St Joseph's College is a leading coeducational independent day school in Reading, Berkshire. The junior section is known as St Joseph's College Prep School. St Joseph's College achieves academic excellence in a caring and vibrant Christian community in which individual talents are recognised and developed. St Joseph's College was founded in 1910 by the Sisters of St Marie Madeleine Postel, whose aim was to provide a good education in a warm and loving atmosphere. Key points of entry are Early Years (Under 5s), Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12. Pupils can join St Joseph’s at any time during the academic year, subject to the availability of a place.
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News & events from St Joseph's College

Last update: 25 January 2021



Following on from winning Independent School of the Year at the hotly contested TES Independent School Awards, St Joseph's is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2019 awards in the 'Wellbeing initiative of the Year' category. 

This award highlights "an impressive initiative to improve mental health".  Read more here

Head Andrew Colpus said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted once again for these prestigious awards. The wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance at St Joseph’s College and we are very pleased to be recognised as a leader amongst independent schools in this category.”

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Andrew Colpus, Headmaster, recently answered this question on the St Joseph's College Blog.

"Choosing a school for your child, whether primary or secondary, can be a minefield. Considering factors such as academic results, wider social and moral education, ethics, school reputation, class sizes, peers, facilities – the list is endless and mind boggling.

However, it can be argued that the most important thing is the environment that your child will be in. This is the heart of a school, the hub from which all other aspects radiate. Faith schools undoubtedly have a strong basis for this environment, an ethos that stems from the religious establishment. Read the full story here >>

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Upcoming Virtual Open Events:

Wednesday 10 February

- Early Years Virtual Open Morning (09.30-10.30am)

- Years 7 – 11 Virtual Open Morning (11.00am-12.00pm)

Tuesday 9 March

- Early Years Virtual Open Morning (09.30-10.30am)

- Years 7 – 11 Virtual Open Morning (11.00am-12.00pm)


In October, we held our Virtual Open Evenings (Senior and Sixth Form). The recordings of these events can be found here. 

For children wishing to join in Reception to Year 6, or if you are unable to attend one of our virtual Open Events, we also offer virtual meetings with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Please contact us to arrange a virtual meeting or email [email protected]. We will resume visits in person as soon as we are permitted to do so.

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GCSE results 2019


The efforts and hard work of Year 11 students resulted in excellent GCSE results again in 2019 with 45% achieving grades 9-7, 98% gaining grades 9-4 and an overall pass rate of 100%. 12% of students achieved all ten of their GCSEs at grades 9 to 7.

Headmaster Andrew Colpus said: “I am delighted with how hard our students have worked to achieve such excellent grades across a wide range of subjects. Every student achieved seven or more GCSEs including Maths and English, which provides them with a firm foundation for their future studies.”



A level results 2019 

91% of A level students gained A* to C grades in the summer of 2019; a fantastic result. Many have gone on to their first choice university. Course choices range from Physics, Law and Geography to Music, Graphic Design and English.

Head Girl, Emily, took advantage of many of the opportunities available to students, including the CAFOD Youth Leadership Programme: “After being elected as Head Girl, I was keen to set up a project that would give something back to the school. In collaboration with the three other head students we started a mental health project, which aimed to raise awareness, get people talking, and reduce the stigma that has historically been attached to mental health issues. It was a fantastic project encouraging everyone to get involved and breaking down barriers”. Emily is now looking forward to studying Geography at Birmingham University.

Headmaster, Andrew Colpus, said: “I am delighted that all of our students have performed exceptionally well and achieved excellent results, as well as the skills they’ve gained in commitment, confidence, collaboration and communication, which will set them in great stead for their future success at university and in their future careers”.

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St Joseph's College Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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