Year 12 Assessment
Students will be completing some form of assessment in each subject before the end of the 2019/2020 academic year. This is to help students prepare for the upcoming exams in the autumn term. 

UCAS Predicted Grades

  • UCAS predicted grades will communicated with students in the autumn term after a set of autumn term Year 13 exams take place.  UCAS predicted grades will be largely based on the autumn term exams, but consideration will also be given to sustained evidence of performance in assessments during the course of the year using the professional judgement and experience of teachers that know the students. This sustained evidence will include:
  • Assessment data from exams/ tests and assessments carried out throughout the year;
  • Classroom performance and engagement with / approach to the subject;
    • Any extenuating factors which may have led to a specific case of under-performance”
Next steps in UCAS preparation

To further support students, a Virtual Programme document was sent out to students / parents. 

Step One – June 2020 – Exploring Course And University Options.

  • Universities are rapidly evolving their online presence from offering virtual tours and scheduled online Q&A sessions with admissions tutors and current students, to ‘webinars’ on key subject areas including how to research universities and courses.
  • Whilst it is by no means exhaustive (and we are certainly not advocating these universities above others), the Virtual Programme document contains the online offerings of a broad range of universities from Keele to Exeter, Bangor to Nottingham to start off the journey.  This document is preceded by specific links from UCAS, The Complete University Guide and The Student Room Guide alongside YouTube clips offering guidance on how to research courses and universities.
  • Students should spend time in June reviewing this document and putting some time aside to consider and explore their interests, possible courses and also universities.

Step Two – June/July 2020 – UCAS, Choices, Personal Statements And So Much More

  • Later in June / early July, we will send out a detailed programme of activities to support students in making choices (be that university, apprenticeships or the job market).
  • We will also be on hand to support with any questions, and will run a number of online sessions e.g. for those interested in applying for medicine, a session on the UCAT / BMAT process.
  • Of course, we may be in a position to run some sessions in school but it is important that you all have access to the resources to accommodate all situations.

To virtually support students through their journey into Higher Education, a Higher Education Support booklet was emailed to students

For more information on Degree Apprenticeships, please click on the following link:

Higher Education Booklet

To further support students, a guide book to the Higher Education application process has been produced.

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.