Avila Partnership



The Avila Partnership formed in 2014 is a commitment to sustaining outstanding Catholic Girls’ education through shared practice between St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls and Ursuline High School. Together we share good practice, benchmark data and provide collaborations between departments and facilities. Both Schools recognise and value collaborative learning. Avila is also an NPQ provider, National professional qualifications (NPQs) are a national, voluntary suite of qualifications, designed to support the professional development of teachers and leaders.


Avila Book Launch

On Thursday 16th October 2020 we virtually celebrated the unveiling of our Avila Partnership ‘What Makes Great Catholic Schools’ publication at St Philomena’s High School. The book compiles 14 case studies from Catholic schools in south London, Surrey and Kent. It explores a variety of different issues affecting Catholic schools today and how living out the school ethos is an extremely valuable tool in ensuring the wellbeing and development of our young people.

Many thanks to our school contributors; Ursuline High School, Bonus Pastor Catholic College, The Holy Cross School- New Malden, The John Fisher School- Purley, Richard Challoner School- New Malden, St Michael’s Catholic College- Bermondsey, St Matthew Academy-Blackheath, The Federation of St Elphege’s Catholic Schools- Wallington, Regina Coeli Catholic Primary School- South Croydon, St Teresa’s RC Primary School- Malden, St John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive- Chatham, the Archdiocese of Cairns- Australia and finally Peter Flew (Director of the School of Education at University of Roehampton) for our forward.

For further information about the programme, please email enquiries@stphils.org.uk 

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St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

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Carshalton Surrey


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