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Beyond the Classroom

At St Joseph’s we place great emphasis on enriching and enhancing the learning of our young people by encouraging them to try new challenges and experiences that will develop them as individuals beyond their academic studies.

Staff at St Joseph’s gain huge satisfaction from dedicating time, energy and expertise to develop passions that will last a life time. We have an extensive extra-curricular programme to suit all interests at St Joseph’s College including sports, music, drama, cooking clubs, first aid and art and craft. The wide range of provision available enhances the broad and balanced curriculum which we offer. 

Sporting Activities

Whilst St Joseph’s has a wide reputation for sporting excellence, above all we encourage participation in sport for all. Our main sports are rugby, netball, hockey, cricket, athletics, basketball, badminton, and tennis.

St. Joseph’s College PE department believe all students should be given the opportunity to develop and flourish in all aspects of sport, whether that be as a performer, a coach or even an official. Our wide and fully inclusive extra – curricular programme allows students to take part in a variety of different sports and take on numerous roles within the club. 


Music is at the heart of this happy school with our orchestras, choirs and various ensembles performing inside the school, across the community and even internationally. Our dramatic productions win plaudits for their flair and ambition and are always highly enjoyable for all.

If an individual shows a particular talent we will do our utmost to foster, encourage and promote that talent whatever the field. We are immensely proud of the award winning performances of many of our pupils but always encourage fair play and perseverance in addition to a winning mentality.

Design & Technology

The design department is a vibrant environment where students can explore their creative talents. Students have the opportunity to take part in the Young Engineer competition where they are set a design and make challenge and produce innovative products to solve specific problems. The event is sponsored by local engineering companies and the last competition involved students sending capsules into space to record wind speed and record footage of the journey to 12Km above the earth. The department also build and race electric cars in the Greenpower formula which takes place at racing circuits around the country.


St Joseph’s College is incredibly proud to be an accredited ‘Directly Licenced Centre’ which means we control the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme within the College.

We are delighted to be able to offer our students the opportunity to participate in the scheme as follows:

Year 10 – Bronze Award. Practice: 27th – 28th April 2024 (White Peak District), qualifying: 29th – 30th June 2024 (White Peak District).
Year 12 – Silver Award. Practice: 17th (eve) – 19th May 2024 (White Peak District), expedition 15th – 17th July 2024 (White Peak District).
Year 13 – Gold Award. Practice 14th – 16th June 2024 (Dark Peak District), expedition 15th – 18th July 2024 (Brecon Beacons).

Enrolment begins in September and activities will start straight away. All activities should be finished, or close to completion BEFORE the summer expeditions. Training for expeditions will take place on Saturdays within the Spring term with the expeditions themselves taking place in the late Spring/Summer

Basic information about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Please speak with Mr. Petyt  (DoE coordinator) and visit the Duke of Edinburgh website for further information and for a suggested kit list.

Best ever GCSE results!


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 students were entered for the EBACC


St. Joseph’s College is graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.