Fantastic news from Saturday’s swim meet at the ISA National finals where Olivia Shute, Ella Shaw, Louisa Smith, Thomas Greet, Peter Ray, Ella Henry Brock, Olivia Collings, Chloe Smith, Marlo Downs, Jake Winmill, Ava Mcdiarmid Hall and Celyn Ensell Bowen all represented the school and performed brilliantly at the London’s prestigious Olympic Pool.

Peter, Olivia, Ella and Louisa all managed to win Bronze medals in their events, while Thomas returned with a Silver medal. Outstanding results, and great credit to their hard work and determination. My thanks to all staff who made this possible, and the parents who supported.

St Joseph’s School Launceston has once again been ranked first in Cornwall for GCSE results, with 96% of pupils attaining 5 or more A*- C grades including Maths and English. As this was their first mixed year group, the results are even more impressive.

Maintaining their outstanding record for topping the Cornish league tables, in results published yesterday by the Department for Education, ensures St Joseph’s reputation for academic excellence remains as strong as ever.

Headteacher Mr Scott commented “I am truly delighted to see the hard work of the children and staff can be seen by all. It also shows just how well we have worked to become a mixed school, and for the first mixed cohort to improve on the results of our final all girls year is even more exceptional.

St Joseph’s is about providing children with the key skills and confidence to become independent learners, and with our small class sizes and belief in motivating every child, the results are there for all to see. Well done to all the boys and girls of the St Joseph’s class of 2015.”

Congratulations to ex St Joseph’s School pupil and former Head Girl Kate Marks who has shown her academic excellence to secure the offer of a place at Cambridge University from September 2016. Kate will be aiming to study History at Murray Edwards College, at the University of Cambridge.

Kate Marks

Kate is a real St Joseph’s success story, having joined in the Junior School and going on to become Head Girl. She managed to balance this with her studies – gaining 11 GCSEs, all A* and A before moving on to 6th Form. After 7 years at St Joseph’s Kate will take her A Levels at Exeter School.

Head Teacher Mr Scott said ‘This is a fantastic achievement for Kate, to be offered a place to read a hugely competitive subject at one of the world’s great universities. She fully deserves her success, and I am delighted to see the foundation provided here at St Joseph’s paying off. Kate always puts 100% into all she does and her teachers are delighted to see this paying off. Well done Kate.’


Photographed below are the super U9 netball team who played last week away to St Petroc’s School. The U9 team played extremely well winning the match 5 – 1. Well done to Sophie, Martha, Kelly, Olivia, Louisa, Ella, China and Georgie.

U9 Netball Team

U9 Netball Team


Many congratulations to the Senior Chamber Choir members who have just passed their Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Dean’s and Bishop’s Awards. The following were all successful in the Dean’s Award: Beth Spink passed with Merit and Maia Hanbury-Tenison, Holly Kitson, Rosanna Rowe and Izzy Stacey all passed with Distinction.

Alina Nuta was very successful in the prestigious Bishop’s Award and passed with Distinction.   All the girls were presented with their distinctive green and purple ribbons by the Dean and Bishop at a special service at Truro Cathedral.

This national examination tests a wide range of knowledge and understanding. Not only did everyone have to perform up to four pieces of music, perform aural and sight-singing tests, but they had to undertake a very rigorous and lengthy viva-voce exam, answering questions on the Church’s calendar, liturgy, suitable music for the different services and seasons within the church, compare, contrast and analyse anthems and discuss their musical experience and contribution within the choir too – no mean feat.

St Joseph’s has been entering candidates for the Dean’s Award since 1995 and the Bishop’s Award since 1999 and, according to RSCM Headquarters, has had the highest total number of successful RSCM Dean’s and Bishop’s Award winners in the whole of the South West.

Well done to them all!

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