We are delighted to announce that recently released Department of Education League tables for summer 2019 have proven just what exceptional results are achieved at St Joseph’s School, Launceston.

The percentage of pupils achieving GCSES at Grade 5 or above in Maths and English was an excellent 67% against a national average of 40% and a Cornwall average of 39%. The best performing state-funded school in Cornwall achieved 40%, and St Joseph’s was ahead of many South West Independent schools – including a number with selective intake – by a wide margin.

The school’s Attainment 8 score was also one of the top two in the county – an outstanding achievement for a non-selective school. Attainment 8 measures a student’s average grade across eight subjects and is designed to encourage schools to offer a broad, well-balanced curriculum. With St Joseph’s scoring 57.2 against a national average of 44.7 and a Cornwall average of 45.4, it is clear that this balance is being very successfully struck at St Joseph’s.

St Joseph’s is a dynamic and forward-looking school with traditional values and results from Reception to Year 11 demonstrate the pupils’ engagement with all they do. Children’s wellbeing is at the heart of the school, and success is built on the fundamental belief that a child who is happy and safe will succeed – and we know that success takes many forms.

Confidence and happiness underpin the academic results, results that demonstrate the benefits of small class sizes where children are keen to learn from passionate, dedicated specialist teachers.

While Year 7 is currently full, places are available for September Year 7 2020, and we are taking registrations for our Reception Class 2020.

We are very aware that Early Years are vital to a child’s education, and the fact that in 2019 100% of pupils in the Early Years achieved the expected level across the five key areas – Reading, Writing, Speaking, Numbers and Shapes and Space – against the national average in writing of 72% shows the strength of the firm foundation for life that we build.

We take pride in the success of every child, whatever their ability or areas of strength. Their results, and the school’s performance, shows just how much pride the children take in their own results – and how well they work to achieve them.





Eco-Schools Bronze Award

November 25th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Gallery | In The Press | News - (0 Comments)
Congratulations to our newly formed Eco Committee who in less than a term have already achieved the Bronze Award! Working with Mr Cattell and Mrs Jones, the Junior and Senior committee have been given this award to recognise their achievement in working towards a sustainable future for the school. The Junior and Senior committees each have action plans and now have varying targets to work towards. The next steps for the councils are:
1- To present their audits and action plans on a display somewhere in the school – watch this space!
2- To meet as a full Council, inviting governors as well as staff, and work out their first steps in addressing our action plans and making sure real change is effected in the school.
Well done to all of our enthusiastic Eco members: we look forward to working with them to achieve the Silver Award.

Children In Need 2019

November 19th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in In The Press | News - (0 Comments)

Last Friday, schools around the nation raised money for Children In Need. St Joseph’s school decided to take on the feat of collectively achieving the distance of Cornwall’s coast which is a massive 483 km. Throughout the day all students from Reception Class right through to Year 11 used the rowing machines, treadmills and bikes to reach the target. The Junior School pupils collectively swam 27 km during their swimming session, giving the rest of the school a great kick-start to the challenge. With great efforts and red faces we managed to swim, cycle, run and row a victorious 531km (330 miles) and raise over £280! Well done to everyone who participated and thank you to all who donated.
Ellie Tucker – Marketing Prefect

Full Steam Ahead

September 26th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in In The Press | News - (0 Comments)

We love this article recently published in the A+ Education Guide written by our very own Mrs Skerry!

Former pupil Zola Courtney has released her debut single ‘Nothing to lose’ ! A song about self-acceptance and “being honest about who you are”.
Congratulations Zola Courtney we are all so very proud of you and this fantastic single!
Zola joined St Joseph’s at age 3 and when leaving at the end of Year 11 secured a place on the Music Performance Course at The Brit School in London. Over the past two years Zola has been spending time writing and performing in London and LA working with a number of different producers and songwriters.
You can watch the full music video below. We look forward to hearing more music from Zola when she releases her first EP!