Year 7 starting Setpmber 2016
Please click here to view the "Prepared for Learning" information for the first day of term.
Philomenian Issue 16 July 2016
To view the end of term edition of the Philomenian please click here. Thank you.
Open Day 2016: for prospective Year 7 entrants September 2017
Thank you to all visitors who attended our Open Evening on Tuesday 5th July 2016. For information relating to the evening please click on the link below. There is a further opportunity to visit our school in September. For information relating to our Open Mornings please click below. Thank you.
Open Day 2016
Results Days and Year 12 Enrolment: August 2016
For details of the public examinations result days in August and Year 12 Enrolment into our Sixth Form for September 2016, please click here. Thank you.
Summer Reading Lists 2016
For details of the Summer Reading Lists for Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 please click here.
Please click on the link below to view the letter regarding student medication. Thank you.
Letter to parents re: student medication
St Philomena's is ranked in the Top 100 Schools in England for 5th consecutive year:
Please click here to view the letter from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools
Welcome to St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls’ website. We really hope you like what you see here because choosing a secondary school for your daughter will probably be one of the most important decisions you make as a parent.
Founded by the Daughters of the Cross in 1893 and set in 25 acres of parkland, St Philomena's offers exceptional education to girls and young women aged 11 to 18 years (Ofsted 2008).
At St Philomena's we have a clear, distinctive Catholic ethos that helps our students to feel completely secure and this brings with it a sense of shared ownership in the school. Our students are inquisitive, open to new ideas, hungry to learn and aware of their responsibilities to others and to the world in which they live.
We are rightly very proud of our academic record, the students and their achievements. We actively encourage our students to take a lead role in their education, develop their learning whilst maturing into confident, resilient, resourceful young women able to face any challenge.
Our commitment to you is that your daughter will be welcomed to St Philomena's as a child and will leave as a young woman, with a broad and balanced breadth of knowledge and experience, enriched by her education and ready to embrace the challenges presented by the wider world.
We hope you will enjoy exploring our website.
Miss Noone BSc (Hons) MBA
For 2015-2016, St Philomena's Parent Association (SPA) are to support resourcing additional libraries for Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students.
At St Philomena’s
- The principle of equal value of each student operates in all that we do.
- We promote the highest achievement in all students.
- We support spiritual, moral, cultural, emotional and physical development.
- We enable students to make informed decisions based on sound judgement.
- We create a well ordered, stimulating and supportive learning environment
At St Philomena’s the health, safety and well-being of every student is permanent importance. We expect all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment to safeguarding the young people in our care.
We listen to our students and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection and students are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (March 2016) and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (Sept 2016) and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies where possible. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss O’Reilly (Assistant Headteacher)
The Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Miss Noone (Headteacher), Miss Aquino, Mr Balachandran, Mr Arthur, Miss Clark, Miss Gray, Mrs Hussain, Miss Izzard, Miss King, Mrs Snowden, Mrs Town, Miss Wheeler
The Safeguarding & Child Protection Policyis available here.
St Philomena’s is an exceptional school. It is successful, very popular and has a deservedly good reputation. The Catholic ethos underpins the friendly, purposeful environment and reflects the school’s core mission of ‘Learning through rigour and care’. It is highly effective in providing an inclusive and challenging education where every child is supported and encouraged to do as well as they can.”
- Pupil Premium Award 2015
Congratulations Letter from Rt Hon David Laws MP 2015
- St Philomena's is in the Top 100 Schools in England for Baccalaureate (core academic subjects)
Congratulations Letter from Nick Gibb MP
- St Philomena's is in the Top 100 Schools for 4th consecutive year
Letter from Rt Hon David Laws MP 2015
- Value Added - GCSE Results 2013 - 14
Value Added measures are used to show how much progress students make in the school from the end of primary school (end of Key Stage 2) up to when they take their GCSE exams (end of Year 11).
Value Added for St Philomena's 2013 - 14 was 'Outstanding'.
The highlights are St Philomena's was placed in:
- Top 2% of schools nationally for overall Value Added. (This was based on First Entry results. Students sat their Maths GCSE early in November 2013).
- Top 3% of schools nationally for English
- Top 4% of schools nationally for Science
The Sunday Times produces a guide to schools for parents and St Philomena's was ranked 38th best of all comprehensive / partially selective schools in the country.
- St Philomena's is in the Top 100 Schools
Read the full text of the letter from Rt Hon David Laws MP
3. Additional Information:
- School Shop
The School Shop is open twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1.00pm - 1.30pm and is located in the Red Room Foyer. The shop is for student stationery and will sell branded pens and Oyster Card wallets as well as general stationery supplies.
News & Events
Student Leadership Elections The students recently held the elections for the new Student Leadership Team who will replace are current team from April 2016. Congratulations to the new Head Girl Carmen...Read more
Breathe Week During Lent, the RE Department together with the Chaplaincy hosted ‘Breathe Week’ in the Chapel (Monday 29th February – Friday 4th March). This was a chance for all students...Read more
Commissioning Mass Bishop Paul Hendricks celebrated the Commissioning Mass on Monday 21st March where eighteenYear 12 students were commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. The Commissioned students lead Eucharistic...Read more
British Science Weekis a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths - featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. At...Read more
Fifty Year 10 students took part in the Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ Scheme designed to help students develop their speaking skills. Students learnt how to introduce themselves to a group...Read more
Sutton Schools Netball Tournament at St Philomena’s School The annual Sutton Schools Netball Tournament was held at St Philomena’s School on Saturday 14th March. The event, attended by local schools, was...Read more
Indoor Athletics The Year 7 and 8 Borough Indoor Athletics event was held on Monday 11th January at Nonsuch High School. All of the students performed very well with the Year...Read more
The Sutton Supremos Leadership Academy The Year 9 Sutton Supremos Sports Leaders have had a busy year! They have achieved two National Governing Body Awards in officiating and they have used these...Read more
During February half term a group of Year 12 students from St Philomena’s travelled alongside John Fisher School to Boston, USA for our annual school ski trip. This was a...Read more
Walk to School Week: 16th - 20th May 2016 St Philomena’s is embracing the Living Streets’ Free Your Feet Challenge. This is a week-long activity from Monday 16th to Friday 20th May....Read more
Easter Egg Hunts: Sixth Form The Sixth Form Easter Egg Hunt took place on Friday 18th March. There were many coloured sticks located around the school for the Sixth Form to...Read more