St Augustine’s Priory, a leading Catholic Independent Day School for girls aged 3-18 located in Ealing, has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, and here’s why…

Exceptional teachers

The Nursery & Preps Department of St Augustine’s Priory is a key entry point for pupils joining Ealing’s top performing GCSE school (DfE 2015 & 2016). Bespoke indoor learning facilities are ideal for pupils’ development and they benefit from highly-trained, well qualified staff.

In the Junior School, a team of exceptional teachers encourages and stretches the girls in all aspects of their education and development. A rich curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop their individual talents and a range of workshops and educational visits enhances the girls’ learning.

A focus on developing an individual love of learning equips girls with the personal attributes, intellectual skills and knowledge required for lifelong success

Girls attain excellent results in the Senior School, an environment in which they feel both challenged and supported. A focus on developing an individual love of learning equips girls with the personal attributes, intellectual skills and knowledge required for lifelong success.

The school’s recent Diocesan Inspection Report (May 2016) graded St Augustine’s Priory as ‘Outstanding’, the highest possible grade, in all categories across both Classroom Religious Education and The Catholic Life of the school.

Inspectors observed, “The sense of community, underpinned by Catholic tradition and practice, provides a nurturing environment where pupils flourish academically and spiritually.”

The freedom to explore 13 acres of grounds

The 13 acres of grounds in which the school sits provide a physical freedom unique in the heart of London. The Forest School, Meadow and Open Air Theatre all utilise the natural setting, encouraging young learners to enjoy an emotional freedom to grow intellectually and spiritually, creating an atmosphere ideal for expanding young minds.

The school’s ambitious capital development programme plans significant investment in further developing students’ facilities, including a new purpose built Sports Hall and Performing Arts Centre, to complement the existing full-size Astroturf and specialised Science Centre.

St Augustine’s Priory has a history of partnership-working with other local schools, regularly hosting activities such as Modern Languages Day, Science Day and even a Quicksticks Hockey festival. The school’s Chapel is also a popular destination for Deanery school retreats. Such events serve to create friendships and new learning opportunities for local school pupils, as well as sharing our resources with those who may otherwise not have access to state-of-the-art facilities.

Guidance from industry professionals

Facilities such as these thereby contribute to the wider, cultural experience of students. The Summer Arts Evening, for example, run by faculties from across the arts, attracts industry professionals such as architects, poets and musicians. Not only does this offer students a credible source of perception and understanding, but provides role models – real-world examples of achievement to which the girls aspire.

Subject specialists across the curriculum ensure girls pursue their ambitions, from publishing the poetry they write under the tuition of a Faber New Poet to composing the Mass of St Augustine, their own Mass setting certificated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

St Augustine’s Priory students perform exceptionally in the UK Mathematics Trust Challenge, and more recently a GSCE student was accepted onto the STEM Potential programme at Imperial College.

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