Austin Friars St Monica's 奥斯汀中学， Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 9PB
Tel: 01228 528042 Fax: 01228 810327
• CO-ED, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 471, Upper sixth 42
• Termly fees £1277–£2666
• Enquiries/application to the School Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1951 and originally a boys’ school, girls were first accepted in
1986. It is situated in spacious grounds overlooking the historic city of
Carlisle. A Catholic foundation, it is open to all denominations. The aim is to
foster pupils spiritually, academically, socially and physically and all pupils
are encouraged to develop their potential. A wide-ranging education is provided
and examination results are good. There is a variety of sports and activities
and a number of county representatives; it was recently awarded a Sportsmark
gold award. An increasing commitment to local community schemes and the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Good use is made of the cultural and physical
attributes of the Borders and Lake District.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 3–18; 471 day pupils (258 boys, 213 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 5, 11, 13 and 16. Common Entrance and own
entrance exam used; for sixth-form entry, 4+ good GCSEs (preferably grade B in
sixth-form subjects). No special skills required; a Catholic foundation but all
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 7 pa scholarships, value
£1232–£3032: most awarded at 11. Variable number of means tested bursaries.
Parents not expected to buy books; average extras, £100.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Christopher Lumb, in post from 2004. Educated at universities
of Cambridge and Manchester (chemistry, PGCE). Previously Deputy Head at Mount
St Mary's College (Spinkhill).
Teaching staff: 39 full time, 8 part time. Average age 39.
GCSE: 37 in fifth form, gaining at least grade C in an average of 8
subjects, with GCSE score 53 (58 over 5 years).
A-levels: 34 in upper sixth. 62% pass in 4 subjects; 29% in 3 subjects.
Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 389.
University & college entrance 95% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (5% after a gap year). 10% took courses in medicine,
dentistry & veterinary science, 12% in science & engineering, 12% in law, 19% in
humanities & social sciences, 15% in art & design, 24% in vocational subjects.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 18 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level,
usually a broad range; in addition, most take A-level general studies. 35% take
science/engineering A-levels; 33% take arts/humanities; 32% both. Key skills are
taught in discrete units and incorporated into A and AS-levels.
Vocational: RSA course in Clait for pupils, staff and parents.
Special provision: Help for dyslexic pupils.
Languages: French and Spanish offered at GCSE and A-level. Pupils in
school from France, Spain and occasionally Italy.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week) and across the
curriculum. 60 computers for pupil use (8+ hours a day), all networked and with
e-mail and internet access.
Music: 32% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Some 6 musical groups: band, chamber music groups, choirs, brass
ensemble. Members of city, county and regional youth orchestras.
Drama & dance: Both offered. LAMDA exams may be taken. Some pupils are
involved in school and house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 5 A-level. Photography, graphics,
batik, 3D also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics, basketball, tennis, netball,
dance, gymnastics, volleyball, cross-country, swimming compulsory. Optional:
orienteering, soccer, badminton, canoeing, golf. County representatives at
rugby, hockey, tennis and cross-country; national tennis finalists; county
honours in wide range of sports. Sports Council Gold Sportsmark Award.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional at age 14. Regular mountaineering expeditions
to French and Austrian Alps; Adventure course to Spain; climbing/walking trips
to Scotland and Lakes. Up to 15 clubs, eg computer, debating, chess, bridge,
Uniform: School uniform worn; sixth form may also wear suits.
Houses & prefects: 3 competitive houses. Prefects, school captains, head
of house and house prefects appointed by the Headmaster and
Religion: Assembly compulsory three days a week. All invited to attend
Mass during the week.
Social: Public-speaking competitions, choral works, careers conventions.
Organised trips abroad to eg France, mountaineering expeditions (eg Alps),
adventure course (Spain etc). Sixth formers may bring own car, bike or motorbike
to school. Lunch self-service. School tuck shop and clothing shop. No tobacco
allowed; alcohol on supervised social occasions.
Discipline High expectations of personal and social conduct, managed
by peer review, prefect system, staff disciplinary system. A pupil being
discourteous would result in a reprimand and encouragement to improve behaviour;
a pupil caught smoking cannabis on the site would expect to be excluded.