Summer Reading Lists 2017
To view the Summer Reading Lists for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 please click here
Philomenian Issue 22 July 2017
The July edition of the Philomenian is now available. Please click here to view. Thank you.
Headteacher's End of Term Letter to Parents July 2017
End of Term Letter July 2017
Information: Prepared for Learning
Please click on the link below for Prepared for Learning information:
Prepared for Learning
St Philomena's is in the Top 5% of Schools Nationally for sixth consecutive year
Please click on the links below to view the Headteacher's letter, the letter from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools and details of our Progress 8 Commendation:
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.
Ms Noone BSc (Hons) MBA
For 2016-2017, St Philomena's Parent Association (SPA) are to raise funds towards a covered eating area for 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 Policy is 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:
The photographs of the Gala Concert are now available in the Gallery. Please click below to view. Thank you.
Gala Concert 2016
- 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
Translation of Blessed Marie Therese Two hundred and thirty five years ago Jeanne Haze who reposed to the call of Service established a wonderful community of selfless women called the...Read more
Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ Scheme designed to help students develop their speaking skills. Students learnt how to introduce themselves to a group in an interesting way and later developed their...Read more
A Level Art Student Prize Winner Samantha Simpson, A Level Art student, was shortlisted for the Perspective Art Prizerun by Children and the Arts and supported by the Jack Petchey...Read more
The Year 13 Prizegiving was held on Friday 12th May 2017. It was a truly inspiring event, the school will miss the leadership and support the Year 13 students have...Read more
Valencia was one of the most memorable trips we had been on. We experienced many new things and had a lovely time. The weather was really hot and sunny, this...Read more
On the 11th of May, GCSE Geography Students had the opportunity to visit the River Tillingbourne in Surrey. We started the day by going to a Field Studies Centre called...Read more
The Gym and Dance Display was held at the end of April 2017. It was the perfect opportunity to showcase the many talented student performing many varieties of dance, gymnastics...Read more
Although I have skied in Europe several times, I have never skied in North America and to be honest I wasn’t expecting the contrast between the two continents to be...Read more
Upon arrival at Cambridge train station, we were greeted by organisers from the Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU) shadowing scheme who then directed us to the appropriate college, Emmanuel College,...Read more
My day consisted of two activities: the first was entitled ‘Harry Potter and the Translator’s Headache’ which is self-explanatory. We talked about the difficulties between trying to keep close to...Read more
On Tuesday 14th March, I was lucky enough to take part in a Study Day for English at Hertford College, Oxford. This involved two academic taster sessions in small groups,...Read more
Year 7 Kew Gardens Visit All Year 7 students visited Kew Gardens at the beginning of March as part of a cross curricular Science, Geography and Art curriculum study visit. They visited...Read more
Palace of Westminster As part of the History curriculum, Year 8 are learning about King Charles I. To aid their learning, Year 8 attended a workshop held at the Palace of...Read more
Pickles Theatre Company Visit On Monday 20th, a theatre company from Belgium came to our school to perform to students in Year 9 and Year 10 who learn French. They...Read more
We have had an exciting year so far in Science, with lots of excellent activities. In the first term Year 7 visited the Natural History Museum where they learnt a lot...Read more
Breathe Week This year our Lenten Breathe Week theme is “Let your light shine” and explores the call that each of use receives from God to be women for others. The...Read more
Commissioning Mass This year saw the largest number of Year 12 students commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers. A total of twenty five students were commissioned as Ministers during the special commissioning...Read more