Pupils at St Joseph’s College in Reading are celebrating an outstanding set of GCSE results, with grades up for the fourth year in a row.
- 47% of the results were at grades 9-7 (A*-A),
- 96% of the results were at grades 9-4 (A*-C)
- overall 100% pass mark.
- 94% of pupils achieved 8 passes at grade 4/C and above, including English and Maths.
- Four pupils achieved all ten of their GCSEs at grades 9-7/A*-A.
Headmaster Andrew Colpus celebrated with the pupils: “I’m proud of the achievements of each and every one of our pupils. The new GCSEs are tougher than in previous years and it was difficult to know how the pupils would perform. We are delighted with how hard they have worked, and the excellent grades they have been awarded as a result. We are very much looking forward to continuing to work with them in the Sixth Form, both in their A Level studies, and to develop life skills such as communication, commitment, collaboration and confidence.”
Congratulations Year 13
We would like to wish all Year 13 students our warmest congratulations on their excellent A Level results this year, with 38% of results graded A* or A. All of our students are going on to university, with plans to study subjects as diverse as Veterinary Science, Music, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Global Sustainable Development.
St Joseph’s College is about more than just exam results though, and we are proud of our students who leave the school as confident young adults, having developed a wealth of skills as they have progressed through their years at St Joseph’s.
As well as studying for A Levels, they have spent their two years of Sixth Form preparing for their future careers and lives at university and beyond. Students have had opportunities to take part in a varied range of co-curricular and leadership schemes, both in school and in the wider community. These have enabled students to learn important life skills, as House Captain Katie Bouwer explains: “Being a House Captain has taught me patience and a real ‘can do’ attitude. I’ve only been at St Joseph’s for the Sixth Form but I could not have asked for a better two years. The school has definitely managed to get the best out of me.” She leaves with A*AB grades, as well as a Distinction in her LAMDA Gold Medal, and will study English at Bristol University.
Students have also studied for the Extended Project Qualification, which forms part of the Sixth Form curriculum, with 35 % of students gaining an A*. This helps them to study at a deeper level and prepares them for the research and independent study they will be expected to undertake at university. Topics for these have been as diverse as “To what extent was Elisabeth I's image as ‘the Virgin Queen’ crafted?” and “Is the development of nuclear energy the answer to the earth's environmental crisis?”
The A Level examinations this year have been particularly challenging, as an increasing number of subjects are now linear qualifications, with no opportunity to sit mid-course AS Level exams. All results in these subjects have been determined by the final examination papers sat in May and June.
Despite this challenge, all our students have performed exceptionally well and have achieved excellent results, as well as skills such as commitment, confidence, collaboration and communication, that will ensure that they are successful both at university and beyond in their future careers.