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St Augustine's Priory Ealing Views Please

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zanzibarmum Fri 26-Dec-08 22:24:31

What are the strengths and weaknesses of St Augustine's Priory Catholic independent school in Ealing. All views welcomed.

Northstar25 Wed 17-Feb-16 21:59:46


Cookingwine Tue 16-Feb-16 18:29:48

I think so, at primary they have RE, and mass is compulsory, you can't opt out even if you are not Catholic. They learn about other religions too but not in the same depth.

Northstar25 Tue 16-Feb-16 18:15:25

Thanks cooking wine ! Is religious studies a seperate subject that is graded ?? Is it very intense ?

Cookingwine Mon 15-Feb-16 22:18:07

Notting hill is much more academic than SAP, at least at secondary. The transfer to secondary is not automatic, even the internal girls have to take the 11+, whereas everybody is welcomed to stay at SAP. Both my daughters attend SAP at primary and are really happy. I don't know much about the secondary side of it yet, they are doing quite well until GCSE I believe, the 6th form is really small and lots of girls leave at that point.

Northstar25 Mon 15-Feb-16 20:56:50

our daughter has got through st augustine's and notting hill and ealing ( for reception ) ! anyone has any views ? we are confused as both the schools seem good.

Toooldforthat Sat 09-May-15 21:27:51

That's good. We were really impressed too when we visited it.

Toooldforthat Sat 09-May-15 21:27:51

That's good. We were really impressed too when we visited it.

Yara24 Sat 09-May-15 18:22:41

Really liked the school, open space very secure and the staff is very friendly. I registers my daughter and hopefully will start in September!

Yara24 Sat 09-May-15 18:18:55

The school, staff, and girls were amazing. My husband and I loved the school and the open space. I registered my daughter and hopefully will start in September this year.

Toooldforthat Sat 09-May-15 17:43:46

Did you and your daughter like the open day?

Toooldforthat Sat 09-May-15 17:43:45

Did you and your daughter like the open day?

Yara24 Fri 08-May-15 17:18:37

Good to hear your DD liking the school, I will attend the open day tomorrow and hopefully she will start in September!!

Toooldforthat Fri 08-May-15 16:03:43

My DD joined in Y4 last year, and liked it from the start. We are really happy with the school. I like the atmosphere, the staff, the grounds and facilities, DD is making good progress, finds her lessons interesting, I cannot fault it so far. I know that quite a few parents are taking their daughters out to more selective schools for secondary, or they want co-ed etc, but the majority is staying.

Yara24 Thu 07-May-15 22:34:30

Toooldforthat, thanx for the reply. My daughter will be yr 2. Since she started her yr1 the school changed the class teacher with 2 external teachers and than in Feb had the permanent class teacher which than had to take 2 weeks off sick. She never liked her she said the teacher is always grumpy! Also it's coed but the ratio of boys and girls is not equal in her class, 4 girls and 14 boys!

Toooldforthat Thu 07-May-15 21:53:26

In which year your DD would be? Why is she not happy? It is a mixed ability school, and it is relatively small, but really lovely.

Yara24 Thu 07-May-15 13:57:02

Hi to all mums,
Am thinking to move my daughter to st augustines this September as she's not very happy in her current school! Friends recommended st augustines and said its very good and others said its not very academic! Any help????

Bazelle Tue 10-Mar-15 22:25:15

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Bazelle Tue 10-Mar-15 22:25:15

I moved my DD there 1 1/2 years ago for Y4 as she was not happy at her prep school. Her 2 siblings were fine but they would have been happy anywhere to he honest. She has blossomed and absolutely adores St Augustine's. She wants to stay there for secondary. Academically it is really different than the pushy prep school where she was and I am slightly worried about the maths. However, I am really impressed with science, music, PE, ICT and French, and the amazing atmosphere and pastoral care. I have taken the decision to move my youngest DD there too, she will be starting in Y3 in September. And I'll keep an eye on the maths in the meantime and do some Bonds assessments papers from time to time to make sure everything is on track. I am not against hiring a maths tutor if necessary, everything else is really good. I think the new headmistress is really nice and succeeding in reassuring the parents. They are losing less and less of their brightest girls at secondary, and have had a record numbers of 11+ applications this year so I believe the school is on the up.

Rafia Thu 23-May-13 23:40:08

My daughters go to St Augustine's. I love it, and they love it. There are lots of reasons for this. some of which are below:

The school seeks the opinion of the parents, and actually takes their views on board, which I found refreshing

I heard that the academic side of it may need some improvement.
We joined the school in September, so it is still early days to see results, but so far as I can see, the teachers are great. They are creative, supportive and sensitive to my daughters' needs, skills and talents.

There is great communication from the school (in all its aspects; headteacher, health staff and teachers); Parents are encouraged to communicate with the school, and students are encouraged to talk to their teachers.

I just think it is one of the greatest schools in Ealing

EalingGal Thu 23-May-13 09:55:35

I was lucky enough to attend St Augustine's Priory until 1993 and had a great time there making friends for life whilst receiving a rounded and full education. Now a mother with two girls I had no hesitattion in choosing St Augustine's for them as it is is unique. The stunning grounds let them have a sense of freedom and space, and the school is welcoming, inclusive and kind with the girls at the centre of all that they do. The exam results are now amazing (much better than in my day) but you never get the impression that the girls are being hot housed. The new headteacher Mrs Raffray is great and has a passionate, clear and focussed plan for taking the school forward and I can't wait for my girls to enjoy their time there just as much as I did.
I can't recommend St Augustine's Priory highly enough.

clarecog Wed 22-May-13 11:36:30

My daughters joined the school 3 years ago, having moved to the UK from South country, new schooling system, new to just girls. They were welcomed in with so much care and immediately made friends. They have blossomed there in all aspects; academic, sporting, music, drama and self development. Both my daughters love the school and never want to leave.

RobertaCJ Mon 20-May-13 16:37:34

We looked at a number of schools in Ealing for our daughter and were delighted when she was offered a place at St Augustine’s. I have a number of friends who went there in the 80s and 90s and the school has changed considerably. The new headmistress, Mrs Raffrey, has made some amazing improvements since she joined in September.

Our daughter has settled in really well and is flourishing. She really enjoys going to school and is constantly learning and discovering new things. The girls really care for each other and the older ones look after the younger ones. There is definitely a strong sense of community between parents and girls. The school caters for all and the facilities are fantastic – plenty of grounds for all the girls, and even a forest school, which is a great testament to Miss Keane.

I would definitely recommend St Augustine’s!

elmssewinglady Fri 17-May-13 13:08:28

Interested in hearing up-to-date reviews of the school! Views welcome

mrsshrimpy Sat 02-Jul-11 20:55:12

Completely agree it's a really lovely unique school, my daughter left at the end of sixth form having been there since aged 8. She has a great group of friends, excellent exam result and such fond memories

MrsFinucane Fri 21-Aug-09 17:15:45

I am a current parent of a six form student. I have complete praise for the Headmistress Mrs Gumley Mason and the school. My daughter has been there for just the sixth form, she has cpmpleted the lower sixth and now is about to go into the upper sixth.

My daughter was a great girl altogether on joining St Augustine's Priory and she has excelled further by being surrounded by equally positive and co - do people.

I only wish I had more daughters to send there, so I would have a longer association with the school.

Sarah Finucane

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