Listening to the feedback from our students
The college has excellent facilities, and embraces the passion that students share for their extra-curricular activities. Having just moved into our new study room dedicated to the patron saint of teachers, the Sixth Form are all aware of the foundation on which the College’s spiritual life is based. The Catholic ethos runs through all aspects of the College, promoting an inclusive, supportive and caring atmosphere, which benefits students and members of staff alike. With only a year left at St Augustine’s, I know that I have benefited immensely from the approach the College takes to education and the development of its students, and am grateful in the knowledge that I have exceeded my own aspirations because of it.
My progress here cannot be summed up any better than by the fact that one of the most common activities I engage in at the moment is public speaking. Compare this with me in 2007 and I hope you get a sense of just how nurturing St Augustine’s really is.
Furthermore, school staff continuously sacrifices significant amount of their free time to ensure that students are actively engaged in learning. This can be seen by the huge number of school trips which take place every year; they often allow students to have a direct experience with things being taught at the school. Lastly, St Augustine’s provides something for everyone. Ranging from drama and art, to science and sport, every single student of St Augustine’s is able to find something that he/she loves doing, and is able to pursue his/her passions and interests throughout their time at the school.
The spiritual dimension of the College is explored mainly through prayer and charity work and will help to develop the students into mature young adults. Having been a student at St Augustine’s myself for almost six years, I feel that this school has thoroughly prepared me for life after education, and I could not be more grateful to my peers and to the staff of this excellent school.
Throughout academic life there are chances to get involved outside of lessons, from young enterprise to pilgrimages to Rome, as well as a variety of extra-curricular activities. The school is focused on student’s spiritual growth which is achieved by the excellent pastoral care from the pastoral team and the newly appointed sixth form pastoral base, which ensures that every student is cared for.
The sixth form contributes to the vibrant environment at the college, with many schemes to support lower school, including the mentor system and a recent paired reading group. The senior sixth form team and the senior leadership team work together to develop new ways of improving college life for everyone, and work hard to keep communication channels open between leaders, teachers, parents and students, this makes St. Augustine’s a warm and welcoming school that nurtures students throughout their school career.
Teachers go beyond what is expected of them and they are second to none, frequently giving up their free time to support at an academic and personal level, and achieving great relationships with students and excellent results. Students are given the opportunity to develop into well rounded young adults and are encouraged to nurture and support younger pupils.
Extracurricular activities are of a very high standard, with a huge selection from sports to debating and politics, creating common interests between students. The College offers impressive facilities and equipment, including a new state of the art sixth form building with a light airy feel which is a pleasant place to study and a home for existing and new students.