Our Senior School caters for girls from Form III (Year 7) to Upper VI (Year 13). Girls join St Augustine’s from a variety of schools across Ealing and beyond, as well as our own Junior School, attracted by our uniquely nurturing environment and the space to thrive. Our daily Chiswick minibus means that girls living further afield have transport options.
In this Ealing Senior School, we focus on developing an individual love of learning and aim for girls to emerge equipped with the personal attributes, intellectual skills and knowledge to engage fully with the world of opportunities that awaits. We educate the whole person and we are proud that girls leave us as self-aware resilient young women who have flourished in an environment of intellectual and spiritual growth. They are as articulate and forthright as they are compassionate and community-minded.
Girls attain outstanding results in an environment where they feel at home and able to stretch themselves with confidence and encouragement. Each girl is individually cared for in our supportive pastoral system. We dedicate time to developing and maintaining strong relationships with our girls on a day to day basis and through the precise attention paid by our excellent staff to each of their pupils. In addition, new girls have mentors as part of the Big Sister, Little Sister programme and throughout the school, from Preps to Juniors to Seniors, there are links between year groups.
At each stage, girls are guided and motivated by our Pathways programme which includes careers fairs and workshops, taster days and study days, educational visits and religious retreats.
Our focus is on preparing our girls to be the young women who make a difference in the world of industry and the professions and who are prepared for leadership. Our PSHE programme develops themes for the personal enrichment of our pupils all the way through the school and includes visits and speakers from expert organisations on a wide variety of topics that affect our young women.
Our relationship with our girls’ parents is close, co-operative and one which emphasises regular feedback and engagement. In addition to parents’ evenings and reports during the year, we offer workshops for parents on issues which affect modern families and hold regular talks on themes of interest which parents are warmly invited to – most recently our 100 Years of Faith Veritas Lectures. We have a vibrant Parents’ Committee which organises a full programme of exciting and dynamic activities for our families throughout the year from Fireworks to the popular Summer Fair and Parents’ Socials. Parents are always welcome to speak to us at any time.
With a wide range of extra curricular activities and clubs, before, during and after school, our girls are busy and thriving in the wonderful space afforded by our remarkable grounds.
Alongside this weekly programme there are day and residential trips on offer for pupils all the way through the school across the subjects and beyond. In 2018-2019 various day trips included the likes of workshops at the Globe theatre, theatre trips to see Annie and Footloose, History trips to Hampton Court, Government and Politics trips to the National Archive, Music trips to the Albert Hall, IT trips to the escape rooms at Bletchley Park, PE trips to conferences about women who have won Olympic Gold Medals, and Geography trips to London Docklands to study Urban Regeneration and a coastal trip to Brighton.
Optional residential trips also vary between year groups. Form III are offered a residential trip to High Ashurst which promotes a bonding experience between old and new students. There are also a range of residential and overseas trips each year, this year these trips have included a hockey tour to Holland, DOE Bronze and silver awards, a Classics trip to Pompeii and Naples and even a Geography trip to New York. Up and coming overseas trips include a Spanish trip to Salamanca, a history trip to Berlin and a ski trip to Canada.
Our outstanding grounds (including astro turf, meadow, prayer garden, orchard, and so on) offer girls the space to reflect, to enjoy the freedom of being outside and engage with their peers from the whole school.
The broad range of subjects offered in the Senior School includes Russian and Spanish in addition to French, Latin and Greek; it includes Government and Politics, Psychology and Economics as A level alongside a strong core of Science, the Arts and English.
We have excellent teaching spaces for Science, Art and Music, as well as dedicated well equipped study space for our Sixth Form. Girls here know their teachers are dedicated to their progress and interested in them as individuals.