This school will value the uniqueness of each individual as a person made in the image of God, and called to be in relationship with God and with other people. All pupils and students are entitled to receive the best possible teaching and learning opportunities to enable them to achieve their full potential and to become good citizens of the world.
Saint Cecilia’s is a vibrant Church of England secondary school with a distinctive Christian ethos for pupils aged 11-18 years. It currently has over 900 pupils on roll, including approximately 200 students in its thriving Sixth Form. As a Christian school, we are proud to declare that we exist to ‘Glorify God through outstanding, enjoyable education’. The school values the uniqueness of each individual as a person made in the image of God, entitled to teaching and learning opportunities which will enable children to become a confident, competent, caring and self-reliant person, fully prepared for adult life and the world of work.
“You and your team have created a caring, supportive and successful learning community where pupils attend regularly and achieve well. Pupils reported that they feel safe and well supported in school. The school’s ethos is underpinned by the Christian faith and is much valued by parents and carers and pupils.” Ofsted, 2018
As one of the top non-selective state funded schools in Wandsworth, Saint Cecilia’s is renowned for its specialist teaching in Maths and Music. Pupils and sixth formers consistently perform well above average in GCSE and A level examinations. Every year, a high percentage of students are offered places at prestigious Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
Our rugby, netball, hockey, athletics and football teams successfully take part in weekly local and regional competitions. Saint Cecilia’s also has links with the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and each year a number of pupils are selected as ball boys or girls during the summer tournament. Pupils are offered a wide range of after school clubs such as netball, rugby, football (girls and boys), science, Christian clubs and music clubs. Pupils in Year 10 and above are also encouraged to take the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
We offer language exchange programmes to France and Spain, school trips in UK and abroad, including ski trips to Austria, Music tours to Belgium and Italy, visits to Barcelona, Paris, Iceland, Geography fieldtrips and many more.
Pastoral support and school community
Saint Cecilia’s has a strong pastoral system. Pupils and sixth formers are placed in small mentor groups and mentors play a crucial role in the social and academic development of each child. Our Bethany Centre accommodates all aspects of support and inclusion, ensuring we meet the needs of all pupils, including those with Special Education Needs, those who speak English and an additional language and those with personal struggles such as bereavement. Our school Chaplain, Revd Annie Kurk, offers prayer for all and is always available at break times for informal discussions. The school has a Chapel for the use of pupils and staff, both for voluntary services and private prayer and reflection.
The School Day
The school day starts at 8.50am. Pupils in Years 7-11 have a short break of 20 minutes and a 40 minute lunch break every day. Lessons are divided in to five periods of one hour. Each day ends either with an Assembly for selected Year Groups, a time when staff and pupils can collectively reflect on what each has achieved as well as providing an opportunity to participate in an Act of Worship, a smaller class-based Assembly with only a brief Act of Worship, or a Mentor Meeting.
In order to gain maximum curriculum flexibility, the school adopts a two-week timetable. The two weeks within the ten-day cycle are called Week A and Week B.
Pdf with the school day here