Three St Joseph’s School pupils were recently presented with awards at the annual Launceston Golf Club presentation evening.

Jamie Barton (Year 11) who is Junior captain won several trophies however he won the most improved player in the men’s’ division which is a great achievement.

Christopher Turner (Year 10) won the Junior Championship.

Oliver James (Year 9) won the “The Achievement Award” in the Junior section.

Beth Ratcliffe, Junior Organiser at the Golf Club said ‘All the players from St Joseph’s School are a credit to the school and their parents. It is a great pleasure to have them as members of the Golf Club’.



The ISI report has now been published for St Joseph’s School 2014. Please click on the link below to view the full report.

We are very pleased with the report and as you can see there are many positives, not least of which is the fact that so many areas of activity within the school are rated as excellent.

It was very satisfying that the Inspectors felt that all the recommendations made in the last Inspection Report have been fully implemented.

The School will continue to develop and, as with any organisation, there are always areas for improvement and whilst being very happy with the report, there is no room for complacency and both the Governors, SMT and staff are committed to ensuring that St Joseph’s School remains the Independent school of choice in the South West.

If you have any questions regarding the report or any other aspect of school life please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sue Rowe


Quotes from the ISI Report 2014:

The school provides a highly tailored range of opportunities in the curriculum for children and pupils of all ages. And a good variety of activities, both of which greatly support their achievements.

Pupils of all ages have excellent attitudes to learning in that they are enthusiastic, committed and engaged in school.

Children in the EYFS and pupils in the junior and senior schools have excellent personal development, which is supported by highly effective, personalised pastoral care so that they are well prepared for moving on to the next stage of their education.

The pupils’ enthusiastic and successful participation in curricular and extra-curricular activities demonstrates that the school successfully meets its aim to give value equally to Academic achievement and to the wider areas of the curriculum.

Pupils perform to a very high standard in music.

Pupils and teams from the school achieve well in a variety of sports, including county and national representation in tennis, badminton, riding, swimming, athletics and netball.

Pupils of all ages show very positive attitudes to learning

The contribution of the schools curricular and extra-curricular provision is excellent.

High quality, imaginative resources and well-organised classrooms stimulate purposeful play in the EYFS and direct access to a secure garden area allows children to extend their learning outside. A nearby orchard is used exceptionally well as an outdoor classroom to explore the natural environment and to enhance children’s learning across the curriculum.

A particular strength of the curriculum is the flexible approach the school takes, with great emphasis given to suiting the curriculum to the needs of individual pupils.

Teaching effectively promotes pupils’ leaning and fulfils the aims of the school.

There is an excellent rapport between pupils and teachers and this engenders a lack of self-consciousness about volunteering answers and participation more generally. This is a particular strength of the school

The quality of the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.

The pupils’ social awareness is outstanding. Pupils are supportive of one another and have highly friendly relationships which promote the sense of community within the school. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary.

Pastoral care is a particular strength of the school. Throughout the school, committed and caring staff provide effective support and guidance for pupils and children in accordance with the schools aim. Pupils trust their teachers and carers.

GCSE Success

August 21st, 2014 | Posted by Lindsay Barton in Gallery | In The Press | News | Results - (1 Comments)

We are extremely proud of the successes the girls have achieved once again at St Joseph’s. 92% of our students achieved 5 A*-C grades, including maths and English, and 25% gained exclusively A and A* grades. Overall, 46% of all GCSEs taken by Year 11 were passed at A* or A grade. Given the non-selective nature of the school, with no entrance examination to join, this is a truly exceptional performance.

We are delighted that we have once again shown that our combination of an excellent curriculum and outstanding pastoral care has allowed every individual, regardless of ability, to succeed.

St Joseph’s has had a very exciting summer, with new ICT, Science and  Music classrooms developed in the main building and our all-weather pitch taking shape in time for September opening. As we welcome back a fully co-educational school in September, our focus remains on ensuring every child, whatever their talent, realises their potential.

A huge well done to the girls of 2014.

Top of the League

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Lindsay Barton in Results - (0 Comments)

St Joseph’s School has been ranked first in Cornwall for the second year running for GCSE results, with 100% of pupils attaining 5 or more A*- C grades including Maths and English according to results published today.

This result places St Joseph’s School in the top 100 Secondary Schools in the country across both Independent and State sectors and first in the Guardian table for non- selective Independent Schools.

Head, Mrs Rowe commented “This superb set of results show that St Joseph’s School continues to provide an exceptional standard of education to all our pupils. This is all the more impressive as we do not set an entrance examination.

These results are a reflection of our investment in small class sizes, which together with the excellent pastoral care and musical and sporting opportunities ensures St Joseph’s School offers a Firm Foundation For Life!”

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Superb GCSE Results 2013

August 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in In The Press | News | Results - (0 Comments)

On Thursday 22nd August 2013 pupils, parents and staff at St Joseph’s School in Launceston were celebrating a 100% five A* – C pass rate including Maths and English in the GCSE results. The pupils have achieved a superb set of GCSE results with 42% of the results being awarded at A* & A grades.

Head Teacher, Mrs Sue Rowe, said “These outstanding results reflect the hard work of pupils, staff and the valued support of parents, in our aim to provide the best possible education for all our students in this non selective school.

I congratulate the Year 11 students on these excellent results which give a strong foundation for the next stage of their lives.

St Joseph’s continues to progress with Year 7 in September comprising a 3 form entry for the first time in the school’s history and the introduction of new GCSE courses attracting significant interest.

I wish all our Year 11 students continued success.”

The top performers for 2013 include; Sophie Jarvis, Estelle Langthorne and Kate Marks.

St Joseph’s School is a small independent day school for children from age 3 to 16 which will be fully co-educational next year.  

As well as producing outstanding academic results, St Joseph’s offers excellent pastoral care and extensive extra-curricular opportunities.

St Joseph’s School will be holding its next Open Morning on Friday 4th October 2013: why not come and have a look or if you prefer, individual visits are available by appointment with the Registrar throughout the year. Please contact the Registrar, Rebecca Walker on 01566 772580 or

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