Our aim is that students leave with a clear set of moral values on which to base their lives; we support and challenge them to be the leaders of tomorrow. We want our young people to be well-mannered, accomplished and yet humble.

‘The sixth form is outstanding. Students follow mainly academic courses and most go on to university. They leave the sixth form ready to make a contribution to the world around them.’ OFSTED 2014

We welcome both our own pupils and those from across the city and beyond to join our Sixth Form, taking great care to introduce newcomers to our ethos and spirit. Our 6th form open evening for entry in September 2020 will take place on 7th November 2019, at 7pm on the main school site

At the Fideliter Building, St Joseph’s Sixth Form centre, students enjoy their own state of the art teaching, learning and study facilities as well as a separate dining room and social space. This is now complemented by additional independent study space at the nearby Fideliter building.

The student experience is enriched by opportunities to take part in an eclectic range of life-enhancing pursuits including community service, the prefect system, music, sport, drama, retreats and charitable work. Every February we take a group of staff and sixth form students out on immersion to the developing world. We initially began with a two week journey across Sierra Leone, and have since expanded the program to incorporate simultaneous experiences to both Sierra Leone and India.

Students are encouraged to aspire to go on to continue their studies at University, including at the world’s very best institutions, however we respect and support the desire of an increasing number of students to consider more direct pathways into employment including apprenticeships and higher education programmes.


A traditional sixth form curriculum is offered. Students are encouraged to study, in depth, three A Level subjects, although four are available in exceptional circumstances. In addition to the academic curriculum, enrichment opportunities are vast for our sixth formers. There are a wide range of subjects on offer, as seen below.

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
    Food Technology
    Product Design
    Fashion and Textiles
  • Economics
  • English Language & Literature
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Studies

Success Stories

  • Kurtis Skellern

    Kurtis Skellern

    Kurtis Skellern from May Bank, Newcastle, joined our Sixth Form after completing his GCSEs at Wolstanton high school. After working incredibly hard for 2 years and having his sights set on Oxford University, his dream of reading Law at Oxford is now a reality. Kurtis gained AAA grades in his Economics, History and Politics A Levels.
  • Sheeru Shamsi

    Sheeru Shamsi

    Sheeru Shamsi from Meir, Stoke on Trent, joined our Sixth Form after a period of ill health and home schooling. His personal determination and academic rigour have enabled him to gain entry into Keele university after he gained incredible grades of A*AA in Maths, Further maths and Chemistry.
  • Caitlin Hurst

    Caitlin Hurst

    Caitlin Hurst from Basford, Newcastle, joined St Joseph’s College in Year 7 and chose English Literature, Politics and History for her Sixth Form studies. She has undertaken a variety of whole-school activities, including a visit to Sierra Leone on immersion, and has gained an incredible set of A Level results; A*A*A. She has accepted a place at Durham University to study Law.
  • Rose Sedgwick

    Rose Sedgwick

    Rose Sedgwick from Newcastle has been through St Joseph’s College from the beginning of Year 7 and has had a life-long ambition to become a vet. After gaining a wide variety of relevant work experience and working hard to secure her grades of A*AA in Biology, Chemistry and Geography, she will now move to Liverpool university to study Veterinary science.
  • Serena Church

    Serena Church

    Serena Church from Endon, Staffordshire came into the sixth form after going through the school from Year 7. An aspiring medic, and a well-respected member of our school community, she has now secured her place at Leeds University to study medicine after gaining AAA in Biology, Chemistry and maths
  • Peter Handy

    Peter Handy

    Peter Handy from Stone, Staffordshire, joined our sixth form after completing his GCSEs at Alleyne’s High School in Stone. He has been an incredible asset to our school, not least to our physics department and after achieving an incredible set results; AAAA in maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics, he is off to Nottingham University to study physics.


Of our students achieved  English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 4 or greater (secure pass).


Of our students achieved English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 5 or greater (good pass).


Of all grades achieved at GCSE were grade 7 or higher.


Of our students achieved grade 7 or higher in 5 or more GCSE subjects.


Of our A2 students pass their courses, with 51% achieving A* to B grades, and 22% achieving A* or A grades.


St. Joseph’s College is delighted to have maintained its ‘Outstanding’ status at its most recent Ofsted inspection in 2014.