St Joseph's College, Ipswich

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St Joseph's College
Motto Fides Labore Et Tenacitate
("Faith, Work and Tenacity")
Type Independent day and boarding school
Religion Christianity
Location Belstead Road
England Coordinates: 52°02′38″N 1°08′05″E / 52.043986°N 1.1348°E / 52.043986; 1.1348
Local authority Suffolk
DfE number 935/6044
Students 620~
Ages 3–18
Former pupils Old Birkfeldians

St Joseph's College is a co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils between the ages of 3 and 18, in Ipswich, England.

The college is situated near the centre of Ipswich in extensive grounds, on the site of Birkfield House. The grounds of Goldrood House and the Birkfield Mews, now boarding houses and infant school, were a later addition to the college.


Founded by the St John le Baptiste de la Salle order of Catholic brothers.

Recent developments[edit]

Since May 2000, the college has undergone a programme of refurbishment and reorganisation and improved its facilities and resources, including a new teaching and learning centre, science computer atrium, new arts and photographic suite, computer networking, a music technology suite and enlarged boarding accommodation.

An even more recent refurbishment programme took place in 2007 with a multi-million pound, state of the art, eco-friendly, junior school being built. Goldrood House has now gone back to being a boarding house instead of Hilbrow House that was off of the college's campus.

House system[edit]


Annual Rugby Festival[edit]

The Rugby Festival was started to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the College, but is now one of the annual premier schoolboy rugby tournaments.

The sides that are invited to attend are from both the state and independent sectors across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, bringing together the best of schoolboy 1st XV rugby. Next year the Festival will celebrate its 28th year.

Old Birkfeldians[edit]

The Old Birkfeldians is the Alumni Association of St Joseph’s College.[1] It is named after the site of the original school (Birkfield House). It has been merged with the Alumni Association of the old Junior School (Old Oakhillians).


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