St. Joseph’s College Higher Education Evening 2018

On Monday 18th June, St. Joseph’s held its annual ‘Higher Education Evening’ to support our year 12 students and their parents / guardians in understanding the overall UCAS process.  Alongside a keynote talk from Keele University covering all aspects of the University application process from guidance on personal statements to key deadlines and some details on the financial commitments and support available (See attached presentation), 24 universities from across the UK, from Exeter to Cambridge, UCL to Manchester hosted stands and answered hundreds of questions from both students and parents/guardians.

The feedback from the evening was excellent – confirming our intent to continue to grow and develop the event for next year.

Next steps

The evening is of course, just a starting point, supplemented by the excellent Staffordshire University Higher Education Fair which year 12 students attended earlier in June.

Following their end of year exams, all year 12 students will attend a dedicated Higher Education week with detailed guidance on personal statements, choosing the right course and the growing option of Apprenticeships.  By the end of the week, all students will have started their UCAS/ relevant application process putting them in an excellent position as they start their summer break.



Higher Education Booklet

To further support students, a Higher Education booklet has been produced – an electronic copy of which is attached.

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.

91%

Of our students achieved 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or greater, including English and mathematics in 2018.

98%

Of our A2 students pass their courses, with 54% achieving A* to B grades.

35%

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

OUTSTANDING

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