A Firm Foundation with St Joseph’s GCSE results.
 
Year 11 Students at St Joseph’s School in Launceston were celebrating another excellent set of GCSE results in 2019.
The results highlighted the remarkable academic achievements of the pupils at this leading non-selective Cornish independent school where small class sizes and excellent teaching saw 91% of grades at levels 4-9 and 89% of pupils gaining at least 5 grades at Level 4-9 including Maths and English.
 
This shows the strength of the school and the hard work of pupils who achieved such good grades. While staff were delighted to see fully 18% of grades at the new upper levels of 8 and 9 – an outstanding achievement by any measure – it was the success of every pupil that mattered to every teacher.
Headteacher Mr Oliver Scott said “St Joseph’s is a school where children of all abilities can flourish, and I am delighted to see so many success stories here today. I am very pleased indeed that under the tough new GCSE system we have seen year-on year improvement and we now have 37% of all results at grades 7-9, which is a great reflection on the staff and students here at our school.”
 
“It cannot be stated enough that leaving Year 11 is about more than GCSE grades – however good they may be – and it is the confidence the children gain through their time here, and the friendships they form that they take also with them into the wider world. I am immeasurably proud of all of our Year 11 pupils for everything they have done here at school, and we shall will miss every one of them a great deal.”
 
Whether joining in Reception like Nico Gruzdev or into Year 10 as was the case for Alec Macdonald, the results demonstrate the benefits St Joseph’s can provide for any pupil. This cohort of Year 11s had a reputation for being a strong team, and of working together to get the best out of one another.
 
Looking at the GCSEs achieved by the class of 2019, this certainly showed that the Firm Foundation for Life that the school aims to provide for every pupil has been built for each of those leaving St Joseph’s this summer.
 
Congratulations to our GCSE class of 2019.

 

 

 

Very well done to Year 1 pupil Willow for her wonderful piece of writing describing her day out at Lanhydrock. Mr Scott was very impressed when she proudly showed her work.

Remembrance Day 2018

November 16th, 2018 | Posted by Oliver Scott in Headteacher Blog - (0 Comments)

While Remembrance Day is always a moment for reflection and commemoration, 2018 had added poignancy as it marked the centenary of Armistice Day. Remembrance parades and services were held around the world, and her in Launceston many pupils of St Joseph’s School paid their respects to those of the town who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War and subsequent conflicts.

Pupils from Year 3 to Year 11 we involved in the parade, and were proud to take their part in the community’s display of remembrance. Head pupils Lucy Dickson, Joseph Allen, their deputies Morwenna Parkhouse and Alec McDonald and Year 10 pupil Chloe Smith read the names of many of those immortalised on the town’s War Memorial.

In doing so, they followed pupils from Launceston College who similarly paid their respects. All pupils did extremely well. The decision to have the voices of the children of the town’s schools read the names of men who were not much older than children when they died was a moving moment for all in attendance.

As Headteacher, I am very proud of all of those who took part.

Remembrance Day shows such a strength of community in Launceston, and we are honoured to play our part in ensuring that those who lost their lives in the mud of Flanders and beyond are not forgotten. Through acts such as this, with so many of our pupils taking part, we can make sure that, as Binyon urges, ‘at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.

Community and partnership are key values at St Joseph’s School, Launceston and all involved in the Junior School are delighted this has now been recognised on the national stage with a nomination for Excellence and Innovation in Partnership at the Independent School’s Association Annual Awards.

St Joseph’s is one of only three schools to have made the final in this important category, one that shows both the value Independent Schools can bring to their community, and the value of working with others. The nomination recognises the hard work of the teaching and non-teaching staff in engaging with the local community, and working far beyond the classroom.

The school has worked hard over the past year to increase community access to resources and talents during the school day and beyond, something that is set to develop further in the coming year. Stand and Play, managed by the outstanding Mrs Hampton, has become a highly popular addition to the community offering for pre-school children, and allows children to develop in the outdoor setting of the orchard and outdoor classroom. Meanwhile, use of the school mini buses, hosting multi-skills and pre-school sports days and hosting maths teaching workshops, as well as science outreach and MFL offerings are key to community involvement.

Seeing the maturity with which Year 6 help children from local preschools and younger primary children at these events has been inspirational.

Headteacher Mr Scott said “I am delighted to see the hard work of so many outstanding members of staff recognised with this nomination. Whether we win at the Awards Ceremony or not, it is a credit to the willingness of those involved with St Joseph’s to go that extra mile that is recognised here. Well done to everyone involved. My thanks to the good people at the Independent Schools Association for recognising their hard work and passion.”

I am delighted to be able to announce that Mrs Caroline Skerry, our inspirational Year 4 teacher and all round St Joseph’s star, has made further waves in the world of science – her specialist subject, but just one of many at which she excels. Never one to stand still, Mrs Skerry has been in the process of applying for Leading STEM Educator status, and we have just had word that she has been successful.

The wise people at STEM Learning who have overseen her application wrote that “This application clearly demonstrates the change in practice and growth in confidence that the CPD you have undertaken has upon you, your colleagues and your pupils. We are pleased to award Leading STEM Educator.”

STEM Learning is an organisation with the stated goal of “working to achieve a world-leading education for all young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” a laudable goal and one that we very much buy into here at St Joseph’s.

I am looking forward to seeing Mrs Skerry continue to inspire young people throughout the forthcoming academic year and beyond: well done Mrs Skerry, we are all very proud of you.

Mr Scott.