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St Augustine`s R C High School
Broomhouse Road, EH12 9AD, UK Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 334 6801


Welcome to St. Augustine's R. C. High School's web site.

St. Augustine's  offers so many opportunities to its students. Our curriculum is broad, forward looking and flexible. The school is committed to ensuring that every student achieves his or her full potential. Our supported study programmes and extra-curricular activities offer something for everyone too!

St. Augustine's is a Catholic High School. As such we aim to model ourselves on Christ. The challenge to us all is to care for ourselves, for one another and especially for those less fortunate than ourselves. St Augustine's has a well deserved reputation as a caring Christian community.

Whether your child is already a member of our community or you are considering sending your child to our school in the future, I trust that you will find the site helpful.

Mr A. Gray
Head Teacher

About Our School

St. Augustine’s RC High School was founded in August 1969. It was a merger of two existing Catholic schools. One was Holy Cross Academy which was established in 1907. The other was St Andrew’s Junior Secondary which opened in 1962. St Augustine’s moved to its present site on the west of the city in October 1969.

It made sense to dedicate the new school in a new name. St Augustine has been given the title ‘Doctor’ in recognition of the great quality of his teaching. As the business of this school is teaching it is very apt that St Augustine has been chosen as our patron.

But St Augustine is also a very good patron because his life shows that it is possible to learn from mistakes!

Augustine was born in Thagaste in North Africa in 354AD. The goodness of his mother, Monica, was recognised when she was canonised a saint. However, in his teens and twenties Monica’s son was no saint. Augustine was only interested in pursuing his own pleasures.

In 386AD, in his early thirties, Augustine moved to Milan. There he met Bishop Ambrose who offered him friendship and whose preaching impressed him greatly. His mother also never stopped praying for her son. During the Easter Vigil of 387AD Augustine was baptised into the Church.

Augustine returned to North Africa. He was made Bishop of Hippo ten years later. Augustine committed himself to looking after his people. He did this with great care and devotion until his death in 430AD.

We are not suggesting that it is fine for young people to be interested only in their own pleasures. Nor do we expect them all to end up as official saints of the church! But we do recognise that we all make mistakes. We pray that our students have the same positive support and witness from their teachers and parents as St Augustine had from his.


School's Role of Honour

In the main stairwell of the school resides the Roll of Honour. This is the board which contains the names of former pupils who gave their lives in defence of the country.



S1 and S2

At first glance it must seem to students in First and Second Year that they are going to follow lots of new subjects. It is certainly the case that they will be taught by specialist teachers in specialist accommodation. They will hear of new titles for courses.

However, none of the courses in the first two years starts from scratch.

Every subject builds on the work done in our primary schools as is shown HERE.

S3 and S4

Less than two years after entering St Augustine’s students start to prepare for Third and Fourth Year.

There are three main changes at this stage:


every course leads to a nationally recognised award except Core PE


students follow fewer courses in the week


students have a choice of courses within broad guidelines

More details can be found HERE

S5 and S6

As students choose to remain at St Augustine’s beyond their statutory leaving age we give them more responsibility. We expect them to be more responsible in return!

We are very pleased that the proportion of students who do remain with us in Fifth and Sixth Years is growing steadily. St Augustine’s has an enviable reputation for achieving excellent results in Senior School exams.

More details can be found HERE


Homework is essential for the academic success of all students. (More...)

Reporting Home

Regular, ongoing and accurate assessments and reports home are essential. (More....)


There is a huge range of clubs and sporting activities in St. Augustine's. The list here only mentions some of what is available

Recent success for sporting achievement has included:

  • Under 18 girls football:- Scottish Champions
  • Under 16 girls football:- Scottish Champions
  • Under 13 boys basketball:- Scottish Champions
  • Under 13 girls basketball:- Runners Up (Scottish Championship)
  • Under 13 girls netball:- Runners Up (Scottish Championship)

and a whole host of individual pupils selected to play internationally for Scotland in Football, Basketball, Ice Hockey and Rugby.

Many pupils are also selected to play for Edinburgh in similar events.


Music and Drama

The school has very active Music and Drama Departments. Groups such as the school's Wind Band, Jazz Band and Guitar and String groups meet regularly, performing in concerts in and out of school and even in concerts in foreign countries.

Music students are entered into Associated Music Board exams and many also represent Edinburgh playing for the Edinburgh School's Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble and Wind Ensemble.

The Drama Department runs after school clubs for students and in July 2005 a group of S2 and S3 drama students performed in the BBC's One Night of Shakespeare Festival in the MacRobert Centre in Stirling. Two shows written, directed and performed by S5/6 students were presented in November and December of last year. The Department also runs trips abroad in conjunction will the Music Department so that pupils have a chance to experience different cultures and perform in a variety of exciting and different venues. The Department also runs regular trips to local theatres.


Other Recent Activities

  • The school held mock elections, voting electronically in an inter-departmental initiative involving the Modern Studies and Computing Departments

  • Pupils go on Work Experience to places such as the Scottish Parliament, local theatres and a wide range of local businesses

  • Pupils in S5/6 worked with people from The Ministry of Defence in a morning's role play exercise

  • Pupils in S1 to S4 took part in the UK Mathematics Challenge gaining awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels

  • Biology pupils took part in the Nuffield Science Summer School and the Life Sciences competition at Napier University

  • Chemistry pupils visited the Grangemouth Oil Refinery gaining important insight into our oil industry

  • the Advanced Higher English class spent a "Creative Writing" afternoon at "Little Sparta" on the outskirts of Edinburgh

  • Home Economics pupils successfully completed the REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene course

  •  The RE Department was instrumental in collecting several thousand pounds for charity.

  • 20 S6 pupils successfully completed an S QA unit in Community Involvement through the "Paired Reading" scheme in the Support for Learning Department

  • Staff accompanied pupils on regular visits and trips both within and outwith school hours, on various curriculum enhancing activities such as the Shakespeare Club, Theatre Trips, Battlefields Trip to Belgium, Music and Drama Trip to Venice, School Exchange with Florence

And lots, lots more.............


What we want of our students

Our challenge to students at St. Augustine's is:


  • to work as hard as you can

  • to respect yourselves and each other

  • to care for the school's environment

  • to care about the schools reputation

  • to make the most of your time here



St. Augustine's provides extensive support for its pupils in a range of ways; in Support for Learning, Support with Behaviour and Support with Growing in Faith.

Learning: Whole School Responsibility

Everybody has a difficulty learning something at sometime. It is the responsibility of every teacher to support students with their learning and this they do in a number of ways:

  • by finding time to talk to students individually

  • by showing students ways to improve their work

  • by letting students see examples of good work

  • by customising tasks and materials to aid learning

Find out more about Support for Learning HERE

Encouraging Good Behaviour
Students do not progress academically if they have not learned self discipline. Effective learning and teaching only take place in classrooms where there is good order. St. Augustine's runs smoothly when we all relate to one another in a positive cooperative way.
St. Augustine's has a range of support strategies to encourage good behaviour. Find out more details of how we encourage and support Good Behaviour HERE.

Support with Growing in Faith

  All young people explore:
  • what life is for
  • how they want to live their own lives
  • what values matter to them
  • what is right and what is wrong

As a Catholic high school, St. Augustine's is committed to helping our students on their journey to develop their beliefs and morals. Our model is Christ. Our support is his church.

Find out more about Support for Growing in Faith here.



Needs and Wants

With a son or daughter who has spent seven years at primary school you will be very familiar with some of the things we need you to do.`

We need you to:

  • give us an emergency contact number in case we need to get in touch with you at very short notice.

  • tell us if you change your address

  • explain absence.

We want you to:

  • help your son or daughter with homework

  • come to our Parents' Consultation evenings

  • support our policy on school uniform

And we want you to come to our social events, fundraising events, concerts, shows, and open evenings. Indeed, in anyway you can, we want you to show your support for St. Augustine's RC High School.


Compliments, Comments and Complaints

We would also like you to give us feedback We work very hard to make St. Augustine's a good school. we need your to tell us it you find it so.

We are only too delighted to receive comments or suggestions on ways we might do things differently or better. Our final school aim says "we are committed to continuous improvement".



If you remain unhappy with the way we handle your concerns then you can  telephone the Advice and Conciliation Helpline at 0131 469 3233

or you can write to the:

Principal Officer
Advice and Conciliation Service
Children and Families Department
Wellington Court
Waterloo Place

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