St Joseph's College, Upper Norwood

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St. Joseph's College
Motto Fides Intrepida (Faith without Fear)
Established 1855
Type Academy
Religion Roman Catholic
Headmaster Mr. David Garrido
Founder St. John Baptiste De Lasalle
Location Beulah Hill
SE19 3HL
51°25′14″N 0°06′25″W / 51.4206°N 0.107°W / 51.4206; -0.107Coordinates: 51°25′14″N 0°06′25″W / 51.4206°N 0.107°W / 51.4206; -0.107
DfE number 306/5402
DfE URN 138221 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1080
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Former pupils Old Josephians

St Joseph's College is a boys' secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in the Upper Norwood area of the London Borough of Croydon, England. The school is a single sex educational establishment for boys up to the age of 16 and in cooperation with Norbury Manor High School for Girls, operates a co-educational sixth-form for boys and girls aged 16 to 18.


The school trustees are the De La Salle Brothers. The College was founded in 1855 and was located on High Street in Clapham between 1855 and 1888. The school has been on its present site in Beulah Hill since 1904. The De La Salle brothers were all poor from the help of John Baptist De La Salle they built a similar school for boys because there was already a similar school for girls and they named it after St Joseph.


The current Hall and Science Block was constructed in 1964, followed by a Design and Technology department in 1975, which has since been refurbished. The school features a newly built History block which includes four Classrooms and an office.It has been a voluntary aided school as of 1973. In 2003, it became a Mathematics and Computing specialist school.[citation needed]


In 2011, Headmaster Connolly retired, and was succeeded by Mark Franchetti who was replaced in 2015 by David Garrido, the current Headmaster. In the same year, a local internet company, Limetree, decided to sponsor the senior school football team at the school.[citation needed]


  • 7 ICT Suites including the Cisco Academy Suite.
  • Newly refurbished Learning Resource Centre has replaced the degraded library.
  • A swimming pool and a well conditioned sports hall.
  • New Apple Mac Music Studio.
  • Major refurbishment of many classrooms for the 2010/11 school year.

GCSE results[edit]

GCSE results are above the local average, and the national average (LEA average score 54.2%, national average 56.3%)[citation needed].

GCSE and equivalent over time (all subjects):

  • % of 15-year-old pupils achieving 5 or more grades A*-C - 2002 58.0%
  • % of 15-year-old pupils achieving 5 or more grades A*-C - 2003 63.0%
  • % of 15-year-old pupils achieving 5 or more grades A*-C - 2004 56.0%
  • % of 15-year-old pupils achieving 5 or more grades A*-C - 2005 65.0%

Famous former pupils[edit]

  • Andrew Grima (1921-2007), British jewellery designer
  • Roddy McDowall (1928–1998), British and American radio, stage, film, and television actor, director and photographer
  • Dickie Henderson (1922–1985), British comedian, dancer and entertainer
  • Martin Long (1950-), founder of Churchill Insurance Company, co-owner of Crystal Palace F.C.
  • Myles Kenlock - Current footballer for Ipswich Town Football Club
  • Luke Tunney - Trumpet player, Teardrop Explodes to Joe Cocker and many more

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