STRATEGIC PLAN 2018–2023
A seamless education
St Joseph’s takes in Prep School pupils from the age of three and fosters a sense of belonging from the very start right through until they leave as young adults at 18. We want to develop the College so that there is greater collaboration between the Prep and Senior Schools and that each section of the school works together, whilst focusing on the specific needs of each age group.
Size of the College
Pupil numbers are rising fast and approaching 600, when the College will be full. We aren’t planning to grow beyond that number, as this size will make optimum use of our site and facilities – without losing the sense of family that makes St Joseph’s unique.
2. SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
3. TEACHING AND LEARNING
St Joseph’s is on a mission to achieve even greater academic results, especially at GSCE and A Level. But we’ll never lose focus of our key philosophy – to ensure that every pupil develops the key attributes of commitment, collaboration, confidence and communication.
St Joseph’s aspires to be at the forefront of digital teaching and learning. As leaders in pastoral care, we also place great emphasis on the importance of online safety.
Investing in great staff
Our renaissance is largely due to the excellence of our staff. St Joseph’s soaring reputation puts the College in a great position to continue attracting the most talented teachers, investing in their development and retaining the best staff.
4. GENERATING REVENUE
Seven years ago we cut fees by 17%, and our fees are still significantly lower than any other independent school in the local area. St Joseph’s College requires investment to ensure that the school infrastructure is updated and the beauty of our historic buildings is safeguarded. We are future-proofing the school while staying committed to offering a rewarding, outstanding-value education for all our pupils. We will continue to monitor fee strategy and any decision on change will be carefully considered.
Our bursary fund exists to help parents who may struggle to afford the full fees. We are committed to maintaining this fund and providing financial support for parents who need it most. Funding will continue to be offered to both existing parents and families who are new to the school.
5. PASTORAL CARE
Together as one
We know and look out for every single St Joseph’s pupil. Personal wellbeing is paramount and we strive to create a learning experience that challenges and supports pupils every step of the way. This approach produces resilient, determined and confident individuals.
6. PERFORMING ARTS
7. OUTDOOR LEARNING
8. LIFELONG LEARNERS
Education that lasts a lifetime
A St Joseph’s education is much more than a stepping-stone to university or a career. It’s about developing well-rounded citizens with a sense of responsibility, compassion and respect, and providing a moral and spiritual framework that guides the individual for a lifetime. Our curriculum is under constant scrutiny and will evolve to ensure that pupils have the skills to help them succeed in life.
It’s not just our pupils who learn at St Joseph’s. We want to advance inspirational teaching throughout the College and enable staff to share best practice. We aim to recruit and retain the best teachers and develop their skills so they can progress within the College while getting the very best out of every pupil.
9. FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT
10. GREAT CONNECTIONS
We aim to forge greater connections with our influential neighbours. Reading University is on our doorstep, Henley Business School and many leading tech companies are close by and these offer a world of possibilities. We want to tap into our alumni, working in a wide range of professions, to give pupils insight and inspiration.