St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls

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St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls
St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls.jpg
Established 1893 (1893)
Type Voluntary aided school
Religion Roman Catholic
Head Girl Isabel Munden
Location Pound Street
Greater London
 England Coordinates: 51°21′56″N 0°10′09″W / 51.365431°N 0.169129°W / 51.365431; -0.169129
Local authority Sutton
DfE number 319/5406
DfE URN 103013 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18

St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls is a school for girls (aged 11–18) in Carshalton, South London, England. Ofsted praised the school as 'outstanding'[1] and the Archdiocese of Southwark found the establishment to be 'a very strong school'.[citation needed],[2] the chair of governors is Dr. Mary Howard, and the current Head Girl is Isabel Munden.


The school was founded by the Daughters of the Cross in 1893 and is situated in twenty-five acres of parkland with some notable buildings.[3] It used to be a college school for boys but later was transformed into a girls school.

In 2004 it was awarded Technology College status. In April 2006, it was awarded a language college status alongside the technology college status. In 2007, a new learning resource centre, including a library, was opened.

The school provide the ball girls for the tennis tournament the Aegon Championships, held annually during June at Queen's Club, West Kensington, London. The school was featured in a music video by Travis, called Driftwood.

Pastoral Care[edit]

There are seven forms in each year each with a designated house. These are: Yellow house, Orange house, Green house, Blue house, Purple house, Red house and White house. The forms in each year are named after famous ancient armies, e.g. Persians, Romans, Carthaginians, Greeks, Medes, Athenians and Spartans.

School uniform[edit]

The school uniform consists of a brown blazer, a brown, yellow and blue tartan kilt, a creamy yellow blouse, cream socks and a brown jumper. Every student has to have the same bag and the dress code is very strict. Ratings by UK Today's School Uniform Chic 2013 Special Edition, have shown the St Philomena's uniform to be among England's most unattractive in the non-government school category.


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