Listening to the feedback from our students
When approaching what I believe to be the most important aspects of life at St Augustine’s Catholic College, there are many things to consider, primarily being the purpose of attendance at school. In broad terms the purpose of attending school should be to attain a worthwhile education. This is something that St Augustine’s does exceptionally through its teaching, pastoral care and vocational guidance. The wealth of knowledge at the fingertips of every single student is what makes St Augustine’s, not the finished product of education, but the catalyst for intellectual revelation. But personally the most important aspect of life at St Augustine’s Catholic College is the attention it gives to upholding the wellbeing of its students. This is done not only by facilitating the humane uniqueness of all the students, but by promoting it. Over the past 6 years this college has alluded me to opportunities and experiences which have shaped my person in light of the messages of the Gospels and helped me to recognise the honesty required to be a good citizen for the world in the 21st century.
Although first and foremost a school, life at St. Augustine’s includes far more than work; having built strong relationships with all my teachers, I know that they go above and beyond what is required of them to ensure that not only does every student have a complete knowledge of the subject, but that they enjoy learning too. I have participated in both musical and sporting sides of the college’s extra-curricular life, having had the opportunity to challenge and further my own interests, such as in the annual Young Musician competition, or at school sports days or clubs. 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.
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.
There are many important things about the life at St Augustine’s. The school can proudly say that it holds a sound and meaningful set of principles and beliefs at its heart. One of the most important things is the Catholic ethos of the school. St Augustine’s provides opportunities for individuals to enrich not only their personalities, but also to grow and mature in their faith. In addition, the chaplaincy offers a huge amount of support and help for the students who are trying to find what they are looking for in life, offering guidance and solutions to students’ problems. This also links in with another aspect of St Augustine’s which is truly unique to the school, namely the commitment and dedication of the staff to their students. St Augustine’s, yet again, has been listed in the top 100 schools in the country. A continuous achievement such as this, clearly displays the incredibly high standard of education which is received at the college. 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.
St Augustine’s Catholic College is a welcoming, academic college with strong technical merits in sports and technology, but that also excels across the curriculum at both GCSE and A-Level. This is the result of a dedicated teaching staff that strive to foster a strong working ethos in their students and in return create passionate pupils who are genuinely enthused about their subjects. The College also contains a compassionate, supportive pastoral unit; everybody looks out for one another and there is always somebody you can turn to – this is partially down to the strong spiritual dimension that is shared at school. We’re also fortunate to have teachers that are willing to commit countless hours of time outside of the classroom to help students achieve in extra-curricular fields from Model United Nations to our high-achieving sports teams. St Augustine’s is a community wherein anybody can be successful through hard work and dedication, a process that begins early in Year 7 and concludes with many Year 13s gaining their first choice university places.
St Augustine’s Catholic College is a school like no other. A terrible cliché it would seem, but here all clichés are thrown out the window; stereotypes are forgotten, students are eager to come to lessons and the dedication of the staff to providing a bright and positive future for each student is astounding. Students are enabled to discover and develop their own unique interests and talents by the opportunities presented here in the form of trips, clubs, extra-curricular activities and many more. 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.
St Augustine’s is a united college that strives for success academically and spiritually. The catholic ethos shines throughout the college, as students start with morning reflections to prepare for a day of learning. The vast range of opportunities offered heightens student’s school experience and allow personal development of individuals. 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.
The St Augustine’s community is extremely special, the Christian atmosphere is naturally welcoming with students who display a strong sense of pride and teaching staff that not only show true dedication to providing the pupils with an outstanding education but are also caring and approachable. Our community promotes thanking God for the good and supports each other in making the most of our unique talents with a wide variety of clubs opportunity’s and resources, as well as celebrates our achievements. The Sixth form is an intelligent, vibrant and sociable group of people which are bursting with an enjoyment for life. Throughout a student’s educational journey we are not only urged to do well in our studies but also develop ourselves as selfless, honest human beings and grow into bright and good people.
St Augustine’s Catholic College is a Catholic community where each individual is valued and challenged to discover their talents, develop their passions and aspire beyond expectations. As well as providing a fantastic education, with dedicated teachers who have a genuine belief in the potential of every student, our school offers a huge variety of extra-curricular activities to enable you to discover and develop new interests, build your confidence and expand your horizons. It is a school where everyone’s contribution is valued, where you will learn important lessons for life and develop lasting friendships, and where the happiness of every student is central. Everything that happens at St Augustine’s is underpinned by the school’s Catholic ethos, its strong sense of community, and the emphasis on respecting and valuing everyone’s beliefs. As St Augustine’s students we know how lucky we are to be given these opportunities and we feel proud of our school and its achievements.
Our college offers a unique, spiritual and traditional approach to education encapsulated by the school motto ‘Ora et Labora’- Prayer and Work. The spiritual dimension of the college is an important aspect and we have a strong bond with the surrounding parishes. Our Priests visit the school on a regular basis to celebrate mass with us which enables us to strengthen our Catholic faith and is a special time for the college community. 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.