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St Augustine's RC High School

Coordinates: 53°48′58″N 2°25′37″W / 53.816°N 2.427°W / 53.816; -2.427

For other schools/colleges of the same name, see St. Augustine's (disambiguation)
St Augustine's RC High School
Mottoes Fidei Heredes
Established 1963
Type Voluntary Aided
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr Michael Wright
Deputy Heads Mrs. A. Wilkinson, B.Sc., N.P.Q.H.
Chair of Governors Mr Philip Gunn
Location Elker Lane
Billington
Lancashire
England
Local authority Lancashire County Council
DfE URN Ofsted Reports
Students 1060
Gender mixed
Ages 11–16
Colours Maroon     Blue    
Website

St Augustine's RC High School is a mixed 11-16 oversubscribed comprehensive school in Billington, Lancashire, England. St Augustine's has a large catchment area of 10 primary schools which include St.Charles R.C Primary School, St. Mary's R.C Primary School, Our Lady & St. Hubert's R.C Primary School, St. Mary's R.C Primary School, St. John's R.C Primary School, St. Michael & St. John's R.C Primary School, St. Joseph's R.C Primary School, St. Wulstan's R.C Primary School, St. Mary's R.C Primary School and Thorneyholme R.C Primary School .

History

The school opened in 1963 originally intaking 450 pupils. Its popularity has grown and it is now the largest RC High School in its LEA.

Curriculum

Curriculum at KS3

Subject Allocated Time
RE 8%
English 12%
Mathematics 12%
Science 12%
History 8%
RMFL 10%
PE/ Games 8%
Art 4%
ICT 4%
Geography 8%
Music 4%
Design Technology 6%
Drama 2%
PSHE 2%

Curriculum at KS4

Every student must take Maths and English along with either Double Award Science, or separate sciences. These are allocated 3 slots per week. Although St Augustines is a specialist language college, learning a language is not obligatory. Pupils must select more courses in order to fill the time table. Each non-core subject takes up 2 periods per week on the time table.

Notable Alumni

Cameron James Arthur

David Dunn

Senior Staff

  • Michael Wright, Head Teacher
  • Catherine Hughes-Gooding, Deputy Head Teacher (pastoral care)
  • Angela Wilkinson, Deputy Head Teacher (curriculum)
  • Helen Holt, Assistant Head
  • C. Greenough, Assistant Head.

Uniform

The main school uniform consists of:

Item Boys Girls
Blazer Black (maroon jumpers for year 11s) Black (maroon jumpers for year 11s)
Shirt Light Blue Light Blue
Tie striped in maroon, black and white striped in maroon, black and white
Lower Part Black Trousers Grey Skirt
Socks Black White
Shoes Plain Black Plain Black
  • Maroon V-neck pullovers optional during autumn/winter term (Years 7-10)*

Lessons

There are many different subjects taught at St Augustine's. In year 9, options are taken for pupils to choose their own subjects. All subjects are taken in years 7-9.

  • English - split into English Language and English Literature in year 10.
  • Mathematics
  • Science - in year 9 pupils can opt for 'triple science' (biology, chemistry and physics) or 'Science' (a grouping of all three)
  • Modern Foreign Languages - split into French, German and Spanish. In Year 10, Italian can by taken
  • Art
  • Resistant Materials
  • Electronics
  • Textiles
  • Food Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Music
  • Information Computer Technology (ICT)
  • History - splits into pre 20th century and 20th century at year 9
  • Geography
  • Drama
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  • PHSE

At GCSE level, pupils can also have 'study periods', which are free periods to catch up on work.

Also year 8 now take options they choose one subject (music, drama, P.E and technology subjects) and all pupils must take one language (French, Italian, German or Spanish)

Attainment

Year 5 A* - C 5 A* - C inc. Maths and English
2004 60% NA
2005 71% NA
2006 72% 58%
2007 76% 63%
2008 74% 61%


Criticism

In September 2007, six pupils were suspended and one permanently excluded after smoking cannabis at the school. The pupils involved were aged between 11 and 16 and three of them had to be taken to hospital after overdosing on the drug within school grounds. Head teacher Anthony McNamara commented "The matter has been reported to the police and the school is now taking disciplinary action against all the pupils concerned. " [1]

Achievements

St Augustine's won the DfES School Achievement Award for both 2000–2001 and 2001–2002. It was the only high school in Lancashire to be awarded Beacon status in 2002. In 2003 it became one of the first Leading Edge Schools in England and one of Lancashire’s first three Specialist Science Colleges. In 2008 it achieved High Performing Specialist College status and was also awarded Specialist Languages College status.

References

[1] http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/1721011.now_six_suspended_after_school_cannabis_probe/

External links

  • St Augustine's Official Website

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