St Joseph's College, Reading
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|Type||Independent day school|
|Headmaster||Mr Andrew Colpus|
|Founder||Sisters of St Marie Madeleine Postel|
|Location||Upper Redlands Road
|DfE URN||110111 Tables|
|Houses||Bernadette, Clitherow, Postel|
St Joseph's College (formerly St Joseph's Convent School) is a coeducational independent day school in Reading, Berkshire, England. In September 2010, it changed its name to St Joseph's College to reflect the move into co-education. The junior section is known as St Joseph's Preparatory School.
It was a member of the Girls' Schools Association until the move into coeducation. The head is now a member of the Society of Headmasters & Headmistresses of Independent Schools.
St Joseph's Convent School was founded in 1910 by the Sisters of St Marie Madeleine Postel, whose aim was to provide a good education in a warm and loving atmosphere. Julie Frances Catherine was born in Barfleur, France in 1756 and was a pioneer in education, basing her teaching on the De La Salle method. She took the name Marie Madeline after being made a superior and was canonised in 1925, nearly a century after her death.
The Sisters continued to run the school until 1981 when the Rev. Mother Provincial decided that because of the changing role of the Sisters, the school should close. However, after intervention by the Parents’ Association and with the co-operation of the Superior General, the school was able to continue as an educational trust whose members form the governing body. The first lay headmistress was appointed in 1981.
In September 2009, the board of governors voted for the school to become a fully co-educational school after initially introducing boys to the preparatory school. St Joseph's Convent School became St Joseph's College in September 2010 to reflect this change.
During the first three years at the school, pupils study Mathematics, English, Modern and Classical Languages, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Design and Technology, including Textiles, Food and Information Technology, Music, Drama and Physical Education. In Years 10 and 11 students are prepared for public examinations.
They all study the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science and Religious Studies, with up to four further subjects chosen from option groups. Accelerated teaching also leads to many pupils being entered early for GCSE English. Pupils are guided carefully at all stages, particularly in their selection of GCSE options during Year 9 and sixth form options in the course of Year 11.
The School Council consist of pupils elected by their year group to represent them in all aspects of pupil life within the College. Each meeting is chaired by the Head pupils. Every pupil belongs to one of the three houses: Bernadette Isidore, Clitherow Jude and Augustine Postel.
Pupils are encouraged to be involved in a wide variety of activities and non-academic pursuits. A wide range of clubs and societies are open to all pupils throughout the College. Many take place during the lunch break and include string and brass groups, windbands, recorder groups, choir, swimming, theatre studies, computing and a variety of sports. There are opportunities to be involved in the community through Young Enterprise, CAFOD and OXFAM.