FAQ Support test
FAQ Support test
Q. How can I add my child to the waiting list?
A. To enquire about a place or to register your child on the waiting list for Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 or Year 10, contact the College through the 'Contact Us' tab or telephone 020 8325 4630.
Q. Can non-Catholics apply to the College?
A. Yes, applications are invited from all parents who wish their child to receive a Catholic education. The High School welcomed into its first two cohorts of pupils a number of children of other faiths and traditions, and some of no declared faith. In the Primary School, 10 of the 30 places in Reception class are allocated without reference to relgion. Children who have these places will have priority should they wish to transfer to the high school after Year 6. Catholic schools in England and Wales educate over 800,000 children and young people; over 25% of whom are non-Catholic. The College seeks to be more than just a place where pupils are equipped with learning and skills for the workplace and responsible citizenship. Rather, to be a community where the spiritual, cultural and personal worlds within which we live are harmonised to form the roots from which grow our values, motivation, aspirations and the moral imperatives that inform our choices and actions as persons (Gravissimum Educationis).
Q. How will the buildings be developed?
A. The College site will be developed over the coming years as the roll increases. The first stage of building work has been completed on time and within budget. The former Curriculum and Teacher Centre has been completely refurbished to provide new classrooms, science labs, music rooms and so forth with modern IT facilities and soft and hard play areas. Everything one should expect in a school. The sports hall has a professional kitchen to provide meals cooked on site for staff and pupils, a main hall for sport, worship, drama and events as well as assemblies. The RACC building (former grammar school) came into the possesion of the College in 2014. It has been completely refurbished and provides all the accomodation the College requires until September 2017. A new teaching block including a dining hall is currently under construction and will be completed in September 2017.
Q. What sports are offered and where will PE and sport take place?
A. The College has indoor and outdoor sports facilities and benefits from a partnership with St Mary's University College together with other Sports Clubs in the local area via the Richmond School Sports Partnership. The College offers a wide a range of activities within the school day and after school including rugby, Association Football, netball, basketball, rowing, fencing and cheer leading. The College offered 20 sports overall during the last academic year The College values competitive and social sport to encourage and develop health related fitness habits in our young people.
Q. Is the Primary separate from the high school?
A. The Primary School is in the same building as some of the High School classrooms but it is self-contained and has its own hard and soft outdoor play area. The Primary School will be relocated in a new building on the site in Setpember 2017.
Q. How will my child be taught?
A. The College seeks excellence in all subject areas. In the high school, the College teaches children in groups of up to 25 through a wide and engaging curriculum. Religious Education is the core subject to which all other subjects relate. The College seeks excellence in all subject areas: Mathematics, English, Sciences, Modern and Classical Languages, the Arts, the Humanities, Physical Education and competitive sport, and a particular specialism in Music will be developed. Every pupil will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument..
The governing body has appointed a highly talented, experienced and dedicated teaching and support staff to ensure that each pupil reaches his or her full potential across a wide and engaging curriculum. The staff places great emphasis on pastoral care and seeks to inculcate in the pupils kindness, consideration and respect for others.
See Curriculum, Teaching and Learning through the 'About the College' tab or more details.
Q. What are the term dates and when will the school day start and finish?
A. Term dates can be found under 'About the School' on this website. The school day timings are also detailed there. The high school and primary school have different start and finish times.
Q. Where can I purchase the uniform?
A. Uniforms help define the ethos of a school and the standards expected. They help give pupils pride in their school and make them ambassadors for their school in the community. The Pupils will be expected to wear the official College uniform at all times. The primary school will have a different uniform from the high school but they will share the same badge and colour scheme.
Stevensons is the official uniform supplier. Stevensons has a branch in Twickenham only a few hundred yards from Clifden Road. Uniform is available instore and online at www.stevensons.co.uk. The various items were selected after consultation with a panel of parents and pupils. Personal fittings can be arranged for each child. (See 'Uniform' under 'About the College').
Q. What is the governors’ fund?
A. All Voluntary Aided Catholic schools must find a proportion of their capital budget through voluntary contributions. This is normally raised through parental contributions and donations from parishioners and the wider community. Parents at the College are expected to contribute to this fund although this is not compulsory and the details of any donations are highly confidential. Some parents give considerable sums, some a few pounds a week but every penny is spent on improving the educational facilities at the College. As the College is part of the Diocese of Westminster and, as a charity, it is allowed to claim back tax through Gift Aid. The College needs to raise considerable sums in order to complete the building project and a series of fundraising events and planned giving schemes will operate over the coming months and years. Most of the 400+ Catholic schools and colleges in London were built through the generosity of generations before us.
Q. When are the open days?
A. Open days for the High School and Primary School have taken place. College tours are still available. See Admissions.