St Joseph’s College has had an exceptional year, winning four prestigious awards. The school has grown significantly in both pupil numbers and reputation over the last six years, due to a ground-breaking strategy of cutting fees and increasing investment, together with becoming fully co-educational.
At the TES Independent School Awards in November 2015, St Joseph’s was named Independent School of the Year, and also received the Financial/Commercial Initiative of the Year award.
St Joseph’s implemented a courageous strategic and financial plan that appeared counter-intuitive in reducing fees and increasing investment. Yet the decision was a successful one that not only paid dividends for the school but set an example to the rest of the sector. The judging panel said the school demonstrated “outstanding initiative that shows there is always hope if you have a strong vision and stakeholder support… a trailblazing approach.”
St Joseph’s College was shortlisted in the Education Business Awards a few months later in July 2016, and won the Outstanding Progress (Independent Schools) category, the only award available to the independent sector. Judges were impressed with the school’s vision and development over the last six years from a girls’ school of just over 300 pupils to a co-educational school of over 500 pupils.
And in November 2016, the Leadership Awards were held in central London, rewarding strong leadership across all industry sectors. St Joseph’s was presented with the award for Outstanding Leadership Team, and was the only school to win an award.
Mr Colpus is delighted that the school’s success has been recognised by three different prestigious organisations. “St Joseph’s College has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last few years, and continues to flourish and improve. The Governors took a leap of faith six years ago, making some bold decisions for the future of the school. Their vision is now being realised and St Joseph’s is becoming widely recognised for its pioneering approach.
“But this is just the start for us. We are continuing to invest in our school, and our fees remain modest compared to other independent schools. We have recently revised our scholarship programme and continue to seek ways to make St Joseph’s affordable, accessible and successful – and also somewhere pupils love coming to school.”