St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Billington

Coordinates: 53°48′58″N 2°25′37″W / 53.816°N 2.427°W / 53.816; -2.427

St Augustine's RC High School is a mixed, age 11-16 school in Billington, Lancashire, England. The School specialises in languages and science.

St Augustine's RC High School
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Elker Lane

TypeVoluntary Aided
MottoFidei Heredes (Inheritors Of The Faith)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1963; 58 years ago (1963)
Local authorityLancashire
Department for Education URN119801 Tables
Chair of GovernorsMr Philip Gunn
Head teacherMr Michael Wright
Deputy Heads
  • Mrs C. Hughes-Gooding
  • Mrs. A. Wilkinson
Age11 to 16
HousesBarlow, Clitheroe, Fisher, Line, More, Owen, Southworth, Ward.
Colour(s)Maroon  Blue 
Previous HeadteacherMr. Anthony McNamara


The school opened in 1963 originally intaking 450 pupils. Its popularity has grown and it is now the largest Roman Catholic High School in its LEA.


Curriculum at KS3Edit

Subject Allocated Time
RE 8%
English 12%
Mathematics 12%
Science 12%
History 8%
RMFL 10%
PE/ Games 8%
Art 4%
ICT 4%
Geography 8%
Music 4%
Design Technology 6%
Drama 2%

Curriculum at KS4Edit

Every student must take Maths and English along with either Double Award Science, or separate sciences. These are allocated 3 slots per week. Although St Augustines is a specialist language college, learning a language is not obligatory. Pupils must select more courses in order to fill the time table. Each non-core subject takes up 2 periods per week on the time table.


There are many different subjects taught at St Augustine's. In year 9, options are taken for pupils to choose their own subjects. All subjects are taken in years 7-9.

  • English - split into English Language and English Literature in year 10.
  • Mathematics
  • Science - in year 9 pupils can opt for 'triple science' (biology, chemistry and physics) or 'Science' (a grouping of all three)
  • Modern Foreign Languages - split into French, German and Spanish. In Year 10, Italian can by taken
  • Art
  • Resistant Materials
  • Electronics
  • Textiles
  • Food Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Music
  • Information Computer Technology (ICT)
  • History - splits into pre 20th century and 20th century at year 9
  • Geography
  • Drama
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  • PHSE

At GCSE level, pupils can also have 'study periods', which are free periods to catch up on work.

Also year 8 now take options they choose one subject (music, drama, P.E and technology subjects) and all pupils must take one language (French, Italian, German or Spanish)


Year 5 A* - C
2004 80%
2005 85%
2006 86%
2007 87%
2008 89%
2009 90%


St Augustine's won the DfES School Achievement Award for both 2000–2001 and 2001–2002. It was the only high school in Lancashire to be awarded Beacon status in 2002. In 2003 it became one of the first Leading Edge Schools in England and one of Lancashire’s first three Specialist Science Colleges. In 2008, it achieved High Performing Specialist College status and was also awarded Specialist Languages College status.

Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ "David Dunn launches charity to help young Blackburn people". The Lancashire Telegraph. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  2. ^ The Daily Telegraph[bare URL]

External linksEdit