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From the front, the school looks a hotch-potch of brick and pebbledash buildings of no particular distinction. However, surprises await. From the back of the building, the view over 13 acres of fields to the spread of the capital is astonishing. There are gardens, an apple orchard, a prayer garden, chicken runs. 'It feels like the countryside,' as a parent said. A pervasive air of orderliness and atmosphere of quiet study. Pupils pay tribute to the outstanding teaching, especially of many newer appointees - 'they are real experts in their subjects,' enthuse parents...

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What the school says...

We are an all-through, inclusive Catholic girls’ school committed to preparing girls for life long effectiveness and success. As part of their journey girls will learn of intellectual risk taking and emotional strength, reflection and self-knowledge, persuasiveness and team building as well as a cultural curiosity for an enriched enjoyment of life.

In our stunning 13 acres of grounds, girls have a physical freedom unique in central London. We aim to instil in them the emotional freedom to grow intellectually and spiritually and to understand the truth about themselves, others and our complex world. We will give them the courage to be ambitious and compassionate and we will provide a secure, happy and nurturing community in which to explore all of the above.

To this end we seek, develop and retain the best teachers who value well-being and the individual progress of each girl as much as they are relentless in their pursuit of academic excellence. Their goal is life-long success for each girl and they set the pace of energy and dynamism within which the girls flourish.

We warmly welcome prospective parents and pupils to come and visit St. Augustine’s Priory. Our main entry points are Nursery, Reception, 11 plus and Sixth Form, with entry considered in other years, subject to availability.

Please contact our Admissions Department on 0208 991 7519 or [email protected] to book a visit or register for our Open Days.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since 2012, Sarah Raffray BA (English and Latin, Manchester) MA (literature and modernity, Salford), 40s. With a career, seemingly, purpose-built for this post, Mrs Raffray is universally praised. She inherited a school with a venerable tradition but a recent, prolonged and very public upheaval accompanied by a mass exodus. It is a tribute to her energetic, frank and warm approach that the school is in such good heart and that it merits this, its first inclusion in The Guide. She knew what she was doing when she came here - 'I almost didn't apply but I had an "if not you, who?" moment and I absolutely believe in Catholic education, with a 21st century resonance. Unless you encourage people to sit still, go deeper and challenge things, everything becomes superficial.' School received an 'outstanding...

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