St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary School and Holy Cross Catholic Primary School in Catford are members of the federation of Aspire London. The partnership brings enormous benefits to both schools. It enables our children to enjoy termly trips and visits with ‘our cousins’ and our staff to access greater professional development. The Federation has an Executive Headteacher, Miss Mary Collins and each school has a Head of School. There is one Governing Body to oversee both Schools, helping us to maintain our high standard.
The Annunciation and St. Augustine’s Church
Our School is situated next door to our Parish Church of The Annunciation and St. Augustine’s Church on Beckenham Hill. Our Parish Priest, Fr. Sam Ofia, is a regular and welcomed visitor to our School. Our children attend Mass both in our Church and our School. We are also fortunate enough to use the Church for some of our fabulous Christmas and Easter performances. We are blessed to be a part of such a special community.
Archdiocese of Southwark
St. Augustine’s Parish sits within the Archdiocese of Southwark. The Education Commission is the arm of the Diocese who work with schools and we are well supported by this team. Schools within our Deanery work especially closely together, these schools include: Holy Cross, Good Shepherd, St. Saviour’s, St William of York, Our lady and St Philip Neri, St Joseph’s, St Winifred’s, St Mary Magdalen and our local secondary school, Bonus Pastor.
Lewisham Local Authority
At St. Augustine’s we work very closely with our local authority, Lewisham. They are a supportive and strong authority who are inclusive and proactive. The authority is a rich source of professional development opportunities for all our staff. Lewisham Local Authority offer a wide range of professional services which we purchase annually to complement our School offer. As a school we work collaboratively with other local schools keeping up to date with new ideas and initiatives to improve our children’s opportunities and experiences. As an authority we believe that together we are stronger.
We are proud to be part of Challenge Partners, a practitioner-led group of more than five hundred schools from across the country. Our Executive Headteacher is a Senior Partner within the organisation. Leaders come together to share ideas and help each other improve our schools. At St Augustine’s we share the Challenge Partners belief that if we collaborate and share our wisdom we can build a world-class education system that can transform children’s life chances. Our local Challenge Partner hub offers a wealth of expertise and support and opportunities for professional development.