As part of our mission to prepare students for life beyond school we have a very proactive approach to exposing our students to the world of work.

We are extremely proud of record that no students leave St Joseph’s at the end of their compulsory education without securing a pathway into employment, further/higher education or training. A list of destinations for outgoing year 13 is available from the download zone or by clicking the tab on the right of the page.

Years 7 and 8

Careers Education as part of the PSHE curriculum begins in Year 7 and Year 8 when attitudes to learning, target setting and progress reviews are discussed in form periods.

Year 9

In Year 9 there is more emphasis on career exploration as pupils choose their optional subject at GCSE. An annual Industry Day is organised where local public service and commercial organisations work on projects with groups of pupils, enabling them to gain an insight into the world of work as well as learning key skills.

Year 10

All Year 10 pupils are required to participate in a week’s work experience. Placements come from from a wide range of commercial, businesses, public service and industrial organisations. Additionally, all Year 10 students take part in an Enterprise Week, in which they set up their own companies, produce goods to sell and compete to make a profit at the end of the week. During the Enterprise Week, students are encouraged to think about publicity, finance, sales and marketing to name but a few.

Year 11

Each student, once they reach Year 11, will be allocated at least one careers interview with the school’s independent careers advisor. During this time, they are encouraged to consider their options after leaving school, as well as which A level and degree courses might suit their chosen career path.

Years 12 and 13

There is ample opportunity for students to complete further work experience once they reach the sixth form. This is likely to be more focused and career-specific than the Year 10 placement. Sixth formers are also strongly advised to have at least one appointment with our careers advisor, in order to gain vital information about university courses, student finance, UCAS, gap years and apprenticeships.

A Higher Education Week takes place each year for Year 12 students, in order for them to gain a real insight into all the different factors they must consider before applying to university. Significant support is invested in helping students who wish to apply to complete their UCAS applications.

For all Students

Local employers visit our school frequently to talk about careers and/or to lead sessions or assemblies. Some examples include our local army careers officer and our local Chief Inspector of police. We are fortunate enough to have excellent links with a variety of organisations in our community and we utilise these links to the full, in order to provide our students with the best possible practical advice.

Our Careers Adviser attends parents’ evenings for Year 9 – 13 and is happy to speak to parents and students alike.

Pupils are also encouraged to use the careers section in the main library, which is open to pupils at lunchtime and after school. Careers computer software is also available on the school network.

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 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and mathematics in 2017.


Of our A2 students pass their courses with 62% achieving A* to B grades.


Many of our A2 students go on to the most demanding university courses, with 35% going on to Russell Group universities.


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