Beyond the Classroom

“Grow as a person, discover new horizons, realise your strengths and abilities and leave as a well rounded, confident, mature young woman, ready for the next phase of your life. “

Pastoral care

Pastoral care, complemented by the strong Sixth Form PSHE and citizenship curriculum, supports our girls so that they feel empowered to take responsibility for their learning and future plans and encourages them to pursue excellence as well as to make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community.

To facilitate the transition into Sixth Form, students follow an initial intensive induction programme supported by ongoing individual guidance and mentoring. Small, mixed form groups include both Lower VI and Upper VI students to ensure that both new and rising students receive bespoke individual attention to monitor academic progress and personal development.

The student’s Form Tutor and Director of Sixth Form are always available to advise girls if they have any work-related or personal problems and can personalise their support. We have a School Counsellor who works closely with the girls and is available for drop-in appointments as well as a School Health Officer who is available at any time.

“The Sixth Form is a family. Although we are strong minded individuals we are also a team. We have learnt to work together effectively, through events such as Feast Day and Charities Week where a great deal of responsibility is placed upon us, but together we can deliver and make our teachers proud.” Sixth Former

Leadership opportunities

Priory 6 girls take on a range of leadership roles and responsibilities within the school as part of the Senior Leadership Team or Prefect roles. As well as representing the views, interests and aspirations of the student body through Student Council, girls have the opportunity (through our Big Sister Little Sister programme) to interact with and mentor younger girls further down the school.

Priory 6 Co-curricular Programme

Priory 6 also teaches life skills, risk-taking, curiosity and resilience in order for encourage the development of mature, self-aware, confident and responsible adults through a wide-ranging co-curricular programme which forms a vital part of the Sixth Form experience. Girls both attend and lead clubs. These include:

  • Biomedical Club
  • Criminology Club (For Seniors)
  • Debating
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award
  • Fiver Challenge (with Juniors)
  • Gardening Club (for Seniors)
  • LAMDA courses
  • Life Drawing
  • Priory 6 Media (photography and film making)
  • Priory Purpose (charity fundraising projects)
  • Priory Players (theatre company)
  • School Production (leadership roles eg Assistant Director/Stage Manager)
  • STEM Club
  • Voluntary work
  • Young Enterprise

Travel Scholarship

St Augustine’s Priory prides itself on enabling girls to look outwards and beyond the prescriptions of the A Level curriculum. St Augustine’s girls know who they are, they are clear about the values which inform us as a Catholic school and they know that they have a great deal to contribute to the wider community.

A generous fund is available each year, to assist girls in taking a trip of a life time, with a focus on service, as well as exploring new parts of the world. Girls go through a rigorous application process and scholarships are announced each November for trips the following summer. This is real preparation for the world beyond school. Since the programme was launched in 2015, Priory 6 students have volunteered in Nepal, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

In 2017 Priory 6 were commended for their performance in the London School of Economics Model United Nations Summit.