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. 

Key Stage Three

In Years 7, 8 and 9, Careers Education is introduced as part of the PSHE curriculum, when attitudes to learning, target setting and progress reviews are discussed in form periods. All students start to learn vital employability skills throughout the curriculum as a whole, in which an emphasis is put on teaching teamwork, time-management, communication and organisational skills.

In Year 9 there is more emphasis on career exploration as pupils choose their optional subjects at GCSE.

Key Stage Four

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.

Key Stage Five

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.

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, apprentices from Bentley 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. Any student between Years 9-13 is welcome to request a full careers interview at any point during the school year, in order to gain tailored 1-2-1 advice on careers and higher education.

Pupils are also encouraged to use the careers section in the main library, which is open to pupils at lunchtime and after school. Our librarian, Miss West (, coordinates our careers programme. All students from Year 9 upwards are given the chance to visit the Apprenticeship Bus, which makes an annual trip to the school during the spring term. This gives them insight into apprenticeships at all levels.

During the course of the school year there are numerous compulsory and optional careers events.

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.