50th Jubilee

The school will have special events, during the 2016-17 academic year, to celebrate 50 years since first opening its doors on 5th January 1967 – the first teaching day of St Augustine’s Secondary Modern, with 140 students and 9 teachers.

Where did it all begin?

The first teaching day of St Augustine’s Secondary Modern was the 5th January 1967. The school opened with 140 students and 9 teachers. But did you know that our story began back in 1873? After the Reformation, there were few Catholics locally in Trowbridge. The population of the town in the mid-19th century was 11,000. The area was too poor to afford its own Church and so the Army Barracks on the Frome Road provided the need for visiting Catholic soldiers to receive Holy Communion. They converted the ‘Upper Room’ of the Anchor & Hope pub on Frome Road and the first Catholic Mass was celebrated on Christmas day 1873 – the first time in Trowbridge since the Reformation!

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Join the Celebration – Saturday 15th July 2017

School dinner & disco at 7pm till late or Disco only at 8.30pm till 11pm. To purchase tickets please complete the form here

Please support St Augustine’s Catholic College by becoming a Jubilee Partner

We are very proud to report that St Augustine’s Catholic College has been successfully educating young people for 50 years. We have grown from a school that opened to 140 pupils in 1967 to one that now educates 1000 pupils every year. During this time we have established a strong reputation and prized Catholic tradition for high academic standards and bespoke pastoral care; our pupils leave with a vision for the future and a desire to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives contributing positively to society.

The college is placed in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally and recognised as one of the top schools in the South West of England. We are a Leading Edge school with a commitment to raising achievement through collaboration and innovation. We are honoured to have made a positive difference to so many lives, delighted that we continue to thrive as an outstanding school and proud of the pupils that we have helped to educate.

In order to sustain this excellent record of achievement for our children and their future, we need your help. The funding for schools has become incredibly challenging in recent times which is why St Augustine’s is launching the Jubilee Partner Programme in its 50th jubilee year. I would like to invite you to become either a Family or Business Jubilee Partner. By joining, you will get an opportunity to attend college events, publicise and promote your business and the satisfaction of knowing your contributions will have a direct impact on the lives of the young people in our college. Please join this inspiring and long-term partnership by making an annual subscription by cheque, standing order or bank transfer.

Please find  information about becoming a Jubilee partner below. We can be contacted at jubileepartners@sta.cc.

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Canon Hudson – Visionary Founder of St. Augustine’s College

Fr Hudson came to Trowbridge in 1925 from the Holy Cross parish, Bristol at the age of 29. He was described as ambitious, energetic and visionary. He was appointed canon in 1942.

Canon Hudson-Colourised by BobIn 1955 he was involved in the purchase of Bradford on Avon’s old town hall, to provide the Church of St. Thomas Moore and about this time he saw the need for a secondary school in the area. The money to build St. Augustine’s was raised with the help of the parishes in the surrounding towns. St. Augustine’s was opened in 1967

At his memorial service in 1974 it was said of him– “his know ledge of educational administration and his limitless energy served the cause of Catholic education in this area for many years, and the schools in Trowbridge stand as a memorial to this”.

Head Teachers – Past And Present

There have only been four Head Teachers of the College since its inception and they have made a huge difference over the years. With their vision and leadership the College has gone from strength to strength, both in numbers and academically and the college has been graded Ofsted Outstanding since 2007. Under the current Head Teacher, Mr Joe Alsop, the college has been placed in the top ten percent of State Schools in England. There is a thriving Sixth Form and applications into the lower school are invariably over-subscribed by double.

So who was your Head Teacher when you graced the College? Visit our Alumi Facebook to discuss.

pastheads-mrjohnsonTom Johnson
01/01/67 – 31/08/87

pastheads-mrcookBob Cook
01/09/87 – 31/08/00

pastheads-mrwallBrendan Wall
01/09/00 – 31/08/10

pastheads-mralsopJoe Alsop
01/09/10 – current


Looking back over 50 years