One of the greatest challenges all A Level students face is that of managing their workload.
The three documents in this section form the bulk of the student planner and are the pages which we encourage the students to use in order to organise their work.
We continue to find that part time jobs, sixth form social life and hobbies / enrichment have a negative impact on the performance of those students who do not manage their time carefully. It is impossible to succeed at A Level with a mindset which believes that things can be left to the last minute.
For this reason, two of the documents refer to revision. Teachers and students who have experienced A Levels all agree, it is crucial to start revising from the beginning of the course and to keep on top of revision as you go along. Therefore we encourage students to make the most of “the Revision Room” in the Fideliter building – seeing it as a place they can consolidate and reinforce what they have done in class, rather than simply seeing this time outside of class as an opportunity to do homework, therefore avoiding the necessity to do it in the evening. The students who achieve most highly at A level are the ones who buy into this.
- The Fideliter Building – Revision
- Student Planners – Weekly Planning
- Student Planners – Revision Logging
An article on the benefits of Spaced Practice can be found here.
Kurtis SkellernKurtis 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 ShamsiSheeru 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 HurstCaitlin 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 SedgwickRose 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 ChurchSerena 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 HandyPeter 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.