Saint Cecilia’s is a vibrant Church of England secondary school with a distinctive Christian ethos for pupils aged 11-18 years. The school first opened in September 2003 on the site of Wandsworth Boys School. It currently has over 900 pupils on roll, including approximately 200 students in its thriving Sixth Form.
“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 various 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. The school has also many links with top universities to provide sixth formers with first-hand experience of higher education.
“Major trips in the UK and beyond are life changing for many students. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students is impressive and compelling.” SIAMS Report, 2016
Saint Cecilia’s has a strong pastoral system – we seek to provide for the personal welfare of each individual child so that there are as few barriers to learning as possible. We want pupils to leave us having achieved their full potential, able to think and make decisions for themselves.
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. Mentor groups meet regularly and their small size enables individual attention to be given to each child, as necessary. They enjoy social trips and activities outside the school day, participate in inter-mentor group competitions throughout the year and play a central role in the monitoring of pupils’ academic progress and achievement through regular analysis of their attainment grades. Mentor meetings also include a time of Christian reflection and meditation.
Every Saint Cecilia’s pupil belongs to a House during their time with us. The House system provides a sense of competition, embodies our values, ethos and is an integral part of our school community. 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.