At a time of great change in GCSEs nationally, one thing has remained constant: an exceptional 90% of GCSE pupils at St Joseph’s School, Launceston, gained the required 5 passes at grades 4-9 and A* to C including Maths and English that makes up the new national benchmark.

This year sees the first cohort graduating with their Maths and English results graded 1-9 instead of A*-G, and the pupils in both subjects did very well under the rigorous new examination system. The removal of controlled assessments for GCSE English has national implications, and pupil Mary Martin’s level 9 in English Language was one of only a handful awarded nationally.

Four pupils gained over half of their results at the highest grades of either A*, A, 7, 8 or 9 which is an excellent achievement for those individuals and St Joseph’s as a non-selective school.

Strengths highlighted within the results this year at St Joseph’s were Science, Music and Economics.

Headmaster Mr Oliver Scott welcomed the results saying “It has been a testing time with all of the changes we have seen nationally, but I am extremely pleased with the results the children have achieved. Each of them has a great deal to be proud of, although their achievements over their time at St Joseph’s will always be measured by more than just examination results. I am delighted to see that we maintain such a high pass rate, and look forward to further successes for all those receiving their results today. My thanks go to pupils, parents and staff for all they have done to ensure the children enjoy a great start in life, and I am looking forward to welcoming everyone back in September.”

St Joseph’s recent Prize Giving evening showed the confidence and achievements that pupils take with them when leaving the school, aspects of their characters that the children will take forward as they move on to their next challenges.

These excellent results demonstrate the effectiveness of high quality teaching and small class sizes on offer at St Joseph’s. The school has achieved a consistently high standard of examination results for many years now, but it is not complacent and will seek to build on this achievement.

Very well done to the class of 2017.


Science Award For St Joseph’s

April 14th, 2016 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in News | Results - (0 Comments)

On Monday 11th April the members of Miss Patten’s science club from last year were invited to the Otter and Butterfly sanctuary at Buckfastleigh to be presented with the schools Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award in recognition of the schools commitment to quality science provision. It was a hugely enjoyable day for everyone, and the children were even treated a talk on the work of the sanctuary. One of the true highlights of the day was coming face to face with some of the world’s most exotic butterflies. They also had encounters with inquisitive otters and watched them being fed whilst they showed off their swimming prowess underwater. The children were certainly very proud of their award as you can see.

Science Award

Showing a real strength in depth for a small school, St Joseph’s School Launceston took 3 netball teams to this national event for the first time. Held at Malvern St James, on Saturday 5th March 2016, the U14 competition was organised as a league while the U16 was played as 2 pools followed by a knockout.

All 3 of the teams started strongly in their 7 minute each way matches. The U16 team scored 11 goals in each of their first 2 matches, supporting and encouraging each other throughout: their tactics paid off, and at the end of the pool they had won 3, drawn and lost 1 taking them into the cup knockout.

They met The Grange School in the knockout and, after a very hard fought match, the score was 11 all: the team organisers advised that we would go to a golden goal and unfortunately they lost! However, they should be proud to say they very narrowly lost to the subsequent winners and should take pride that they were quarter finalist of this national event.

The U14 Lightning team went from strength to strength, scoring over 75 goals in their 8 matches and only conceding 15. As they went into their final game against Claire’s Court the points showed that whoever won this game would win the event. Even under this pressure the team took a commanding first half lead to begin the second 6-2 in front, and they didn’t lose from this strong position. The U14 Thunder team again had a good start, their team spirit was strong and they played very well. When they came up against the Lightning team in an all St Joseph’s battle they tried superbly well and we saw a great level of determination from every member of the team.

We are very proud to say the U14 Lightning team were crowned the ISA U14 National Netball Champions for 2016.

Thank you to Vicky Innes for her input and expert coaching with all the teams over the last term, and to Imogen Eddison for her support at the event.

U14 Lightning Team – National Champions 2016

Cathryn Nuta
Tillie Cholwill
Charlotte Nuta
Ava McDiarmid-Hall
Georgia Bolton
Zoë Woods
Bella Russell
Millie Turner

U14 Thunder Team
Ella Henry-Brock
Kitty May
Abi Marshall
Amber Quinn
Emma Honey
Hattie Loe
Lulu Howells

U16 Team
Tanna Rundle
Elysia Endacott
Emma Shaw
Holly Howells
Alina Nuta
Laura Sant
Zoe Williams
Kate Barrett

Music Success

February 15th, 2016 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Music | News | Results - (0 Comments)

Following on from the success of 3 pupils at St Joseph’s gaining places in the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain, a further two members of the Senior Chamber Choir and Canzonetta were successful in their auditions for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain (NYCGB) which were held in November.

Rosanna Rowe and former pupil Cordelia Wood were awarded places in the National Youth Girls’ Choir of Great Britain. Following a record number of students auditioning for places in this choir, around 6 places were available across the UK for the Girls’ Choir.

The NYCGB comprises five constituent choirs for young people aged between 9 and 25: the National Youth Boys’ Choir for boys of ages 9-15, incorporating the specialist changing voices ensemble Cambiata Voices; the National Youth Girls’ Choir for girls of ages 10-15; the National Youth Training Choir for mixed voices of ages 14-18; the National Youth Choir for mixed voices of ages 16-25 and the National Youth Chamber Choir for young professionals and those studying to become professional singers up to age 25.

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain meet twice each year, during the spring and summer holidays, for residential courses which means its member can still sing with their regular choirs during the rest of the year. The two intensive residential courses provide excellent opportunities to develop vocal technique across a wide range of challenging music, and gain outstanding performance experiences.

St Joseph’s is extremely proud of the fact that, despite being a small school, it can proudly boast of having 9 pupils successfully auditioning for and taking part in national ensembles.

These are:

National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain: Cathryn Nuta [Tenor Horn, Year 9], Charlotte Nuta [Cornet, Year 9], Holly Whale [Euphonium, Year 9].

National Children Choir of Great Britain: Fallon Gillies [Year 6], Maddie Marsh [Year 7], Hattie Loe [Year 9].

National Youth Recorder Orchestra: Cathryn Nuta [Year 9]

National Youth Choir of Great Britain: Cordelia Wood [Year 8], Rosanna Rowe [Year 10]

If you have a talented son or daughter who would benefit from the musical opportunities at the School, please contact our Registrar, Rebecca Walker on