When I first came to the college in 2007, I found it very hard to express myself and felt timid compared to my peers. Thankfully for me, I think one of the best things about St Augustine’s is that it brings out the best in students in so many ways. Not only do children develop academically, thanks to the thorough and passionate teaching of staff in all subjects, but they also develop as people. In most cases growing to be compassionate, driven and ambitious members of society. Our academic success is something we are very proud of, yet we are also brilliant at providing extra-curricular activities that are massively fulfilling. Students are always able to suggest new ideas and the school offers an extensive array of opportunities accessible to all years from residential trips to a state of the art climbing wall. Sometimes it is easy to forget that we are a comprehensive with the budget restrictions that imply. This is all underpinned by the Catholic ethos throughout the college, bringing the different areas of the community together to give a cohesive and caring school that I cannot rate any higher.
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.