St Joseph's College, Stoke-on-Trent

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St Joseph's College
London Road

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Coordinates52°59′17″N 2°11′56″W / 52.988°N 2.199°W / 52.988; -2.199Coordinates: 52°59′17″N 2°11′56″W / 52.988°N 2.199°W / 52.988; -2.199
TypeMixed selective 11–18 grammar school
MottoFideliter et Fortiter
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FoundersChristian Brothers
Local authorityStoke-on-Trent
Department for Education URN131301 Tables
Head TeacherMs M Roberts
Age11 to 18
Colour(s)Black & red

St Joseph's College is a mixed selective 11–18 school in Trent Vale, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. The school's oldest and original building in this location is a Grade II listed structure which was previously a residential property before it was bought by the Christian Brothers in 1931.


The school was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1932. It moved into the present buildings in 1936, and was recognised by the Board of Education in the following year.[2]

St Joseph's was a direct grant grammar school until the 11-plus was abolished in Stoke in 1967, after which the grant was gradually phased out. The school re-opened as a fully independent school in 1980, and in the following years began to admit girls.[2] In the early 1980s the school pulled out of the Catholic reorganisation of secondary provision and decided to stay private. When grant maintained schools were allowed it started to admit non-few paying pupils. It is the only grammar school in the area as the council abolished the grammar system but as a private school it was allowed to continue.

After many years as a Preparatory and Senior School, the Preparatory School split off to form a new independent school elsewhere on the site, while the High School became a state-maintained grammar school. The school achieved Science College status in 2004.[citation needed] It is no longer a grammar-school however students must sit an entrance exam. [3]

Applicants to the school are required to take an entrance examination. Approximately 75% of applicants reach the school's qualifying standard, and places are allocated among these using other criteria (faith, siblings and distance). St Joseph's has Specialist Status for Science and Mathematics and is rated as Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. The College was amongst the first schools to convert to Academy status in 2011 and in 2012 became one of the country's first Teaching Schools.[4][5][6]

School site[edit]

The school has an extensive program of rooms and labs, the biggest are SC2 and SC6 in the Science Wing. A new Science Wing was added to the old building, forming a quadrangle in the centre of the school, which contains a heart-shaped pond overlooked by a statue of the Virgin Mary, marking the end of the second millennium. A statue of Edmund Rice is located outside the Year 7 corridor.

The Sixth Form Centre until 2008 was housed separately from the rest of the school in a Grade II listed building, which until 2001 was home to the Congregation of Christian Brothers who founded the school. Since their departure from the school premises in the summer of 2001, the Brothers' House has undergone extensive renovations.

From September 2008 onwards, 'Stone House' further down the A34 road towards Hanford took the Brother's House's place as Sixth Form Centre.

In 2018 Stone House was sold and the Sixth Form Centre was relocated to the 'Fideliter Building' - a chapel across the road from the main school site with a recent extension added - and the 'Olsen Building'. The Olsen Building is on the main school site and was built for use by Sixth Form students.

In 2019 a perimeter fence and gate system was built around the school site.

School song: Fideliter et Fortiter[edit]

Originally, there was two extra verse in the song:

When we grow old and the battle is raging,
when to the wide earth's far corners we're flung;
when we need faith in the conflict we're waging;
shall we remember how once we were young.

Fideliter et Fortiter, Fideliter et Fortiter,
Down the years we'll re-echo the song:
Faithful and strong. Faithful and strong.

Then we'll be true to devotions we've learned,
cling to our standards, be proud of our name.
Bear without hauteur the laurels we've earned,
strong in adversity, humble in fame.

Fideliter et Fortiter, Fideliter et Fortiter,
Down the years we'll re-echo the song:
Faithful and strong. Faithful and strong.[7]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "pupil premium policy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Dominic Hyland. "History of St. Joseph's College". Archived from the original on 19 May 2010.
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  4. ^ Graeme Paton (6 November 2007). "Top Catholic grammar school faces closure". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  5. ^ Ed Caesar (11 November 2007). "Best school in town and still they want to close it". The Times. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Save St Joseph's College, Stoke". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  7. ^ The School Song: " Fideliter et Fortiter" Archived 30 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Fay, Stephen (6 August 1995). "The rise of Dominic Cork". The Independent. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  9. ^ "UK: The Davidson Interview - Terry Green". Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  10. ^ Carter, Simon (27 April 2006). "Emma Jackson – stoke runner ranked fifth in the world!". Stoke & Staffordshire. BBC. Retrieved 11 October 2010.

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