Welcome to St Joseph's College
St Joseph’s College was founded by the De La Salle Brothers in 1855 and has been located in a number of sites across London during its history. These sites now give their names to our 6 ‘Houses’ and are at the heart of our house system. The College finally arrived at our current location on Beulah Hill in 1904. This makes St Joseph’s College one of England’s oldest and most established Catholic State Funded Boys Schools. Girls are admitted into our thriving 6th Form. St Joseph’s College in one of the top performing boys’ state schools in the area.
As a College, at our core, we are an unambiguously Christian School, inclusive of people of other faiths. Our Christian dimension permeates and shapes every aspect of school life: tone atmosphere, spirit, signs, symbols, relationships, curriculum, requirements and regulations.
Our policies are centred on our young people, designed to prepare them to take their place in society. We are determined to enable our students to “live life to the fullest” (Jn. 10:10) through a quality human and Christian education.
At the core of what we want a St Joseph student to embody when they leave the security of the college on their life journey are these 5 fundamental respects.
Respect for Self
Respect for Others
Respect for Learning
Respect for Community
Respect for Faith
During the Academic year 2018-19 we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the death of our founder, St. Jean Baptist De la Salle. In so doing, we will spend the year reflecting on three key features of Lasallian education. These are:
A human and spiritual education: which enables students to reach their full potential through a holistic approach, addressing members of our community’s spiritual, academic and social needs.
Conscious awareness of the presence of God in the educational setting: across every aspect and all people within our educational community.
Quality relationships: Lasallian educators are mindful of their responsibility to promote healthy relations with staff and students alike.
As Headmaster, I feel very privileged to be able to play a role in the future development of this historic College and the lives of our school community. As a Roman Catholic Comprehensive College, we aim to help everyone in our community to grow in faith and make the most of their talents and abilities.
The culture and ethos of the College is centred on our high expectations of ourselves and each other: All students who attend the College have the opportunity to maximise their academic potential, their talents and their abilities across a wide range of activities both academic and vocational.
Our motto “Fearless Faith’ provides us with the inspiration that, in order for our students to take on the challenges of an ever-changing world and realise their dreams, when they leave the college they are:
Confident: Have self-belief and communicate clearly in any situation.
Determined: Work hard to achieve in all aspects of life.
Enthusiastic: Learn from mistakes and maintain a positive outlook.
Independent: Take responsibility for themselves and their learning.
Creative: Explore many different paths to develop understanding
Considerate: Strong in their own faith and values whilst respecting other views and values.
At the heart of our College lies our strong sense of faith, community, the values we strive to maintain, our commitment to realising the potential of each and every young man and woman in our care and in providing a balanced education that addresses the academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of our students lives.
I look forward to welcoming you to our College and showing you its work in action.
Mr D Garrido
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