Mobile Phones in School - New Rules

December 2017

Dear Parents / Guardians,
At St George Catholic College we constantly strive to keep all your children as safe as possible.
Whilst accepting that the use of new technologies is now common place and although most of our students use their mobile phones in a sensible way, we now believe that in order to ensure that no student is subjected to any acts of cyber bullying, sexting, sending or receiving inappropriate pictures/information whilst on site, the following will now be implemented.
From Monday 8th January 2018 the use of mobile phones / digital devices will be banned during the school day. They must be kept in the student’s school bag at all times.
 This means that all students will not be allowed to use their mobile phone / digital devices at all on the school site at any time and for any purpose. This includes break and lunchtimes.
We do understand that you may feel that your child is safer carrying a mobile phone to and from school. However, it must be switched off throughout the school day, including break time and lunchtime:
·       08:40 till 16:00.  If students needs to contact their parents within the school day, they may go to reception or talk to their Progress Leader.
Please do not ring your child during the school day. If you need to contact your child, please ring reception and a message will be passed on. 
Should a student be seen with his / her mobile phone / digital device on site, then it will be confiscated and placed in the school safe. On the first instance your son / daughter will be able to collect their phone at the end of the day from the office. If this happens again, parents will be invited to come to school to collect it at the end of the day. Should this reoccur, the device will be confiscated again and you will be invited to a meeting.

Failure to comply with this rule will fall under the refusal to follow the college’s rules and will be dealt with under the behaviour policy.

The misuse of mobile phones and other digital devices can put students at risk and can trigger interventions from the police.

We hope you will support us in our efforts to keep all our students safe and happy whilst at school.

Yours faithfully

James Habberley
Head of School



We currently have vacancies for support and teaching staff.  Please go to http://www.stgcc.co.uk/pages/college_information/vacancies.html

The Dragon - Latest Issue

View Dragon News Magazine

You can now read the latest edition of the Dragon, our student news magazine, by following the link above.


St George "Outstanding" by Local Authority

St George Catholic College has been graded Outstanding in all areas by the local authority following its inspection on Wednesday 22nd November 2017. 

Key findings from the report are listed below:


  • “The school has a tremendously strong culture and ethos of support yet maintains high expectations of all its pupils”·        
  • “This is a very well led school with a strong record of improvement over several years. It is now performing at a very high level in all aspects of its work”.
  • “Child protection and safeguarding procedures are very good quality and they are operated rigorously”
  • “Pupils enjoy being at school and many relish their learning and the broader opportunities they are presented with here. Staff speak of there being a great sense of family”
  • "Overall attendance is outstanding”
  • “Pupils with SEN made very good progress over their time here”

    The inspectors also noted:
  • “Pupils capacity to discuss and debate work in lessons is a key factor in their very good learning
  • “Instances of low-level disruption are rare”
  • “Bullying is very rare but when it happens it is tackled caringly, assertively and effectively”
  • “The overall P8 score in 2017 was an impressive +0.57”
  • “Pupils therefore attained, on average nearly half a grade more in each GCSE than their peers nationaly.
  • “Pupils make very good progress in mathematics by the end of KS4”
  • “Pupils capacity to discuss and debate work in lessons is a key factor in their very good learning”

  • “Pupils with English as an additional language made very good progress”


ICT Technician Required

St George Catholic College
ICT Technician 

·       Closing Date: Tuesday 05 Dec 2017 (5pm)
·       Interview Date(s): Thursday 07 Dec 2017
·       Contract/Hours: Permanent, Full-time
·       Salary Type: Support Staff
·       Salary Details: Grade 5 Range £17,678- £20,403
·       Hours of Work: 35 - 37 hours per week (hours to be negotiated) 52 week contract
·       Location of Role: St George Catholic College, Leaside Way, Southampton, SO16 3DQ
·       Contact e-mail address: head@stgcc.co.uk
Job/Person Summary

St George Catholic College is an oversubscribed and growing college, both in terms of the number of students on roll and in terms of the ability of the students who are joining us. The College has a proven track record of success and is rated by Ofsted as good with outstanding features. The college achieved its best ever results this year with 77% achieving the grade 4-9 in English & Maths. It is ranked in the top 2% of schools nationally for progress and the top two schools in Hampshire and Southampton.

The Governors wish to appoint an ICT technician who would help run the college network and assist in day to day issues connected with IT. Around the college your responsibilities will include diagnosis and technical support for the network, hardware and software issues and be a front line of support to staff and students. The Head Teacher is looking for someone with the drive and ideas to help maintain and improve upon the high standards set within this area. The College is due to expand over the next two years with a new Science and Technology block that will include an additional ICT Suite.

You will
Be in sympathy with the Catholic ethos of the college
Have the energy, commitment and vision to make a real difference
Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Have the ability to inspire, motivate and be able to develop the potential of colleagues and students

We offer
A strong commitment to your professional development and career management.
An opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic, creative and motivated department.

Application Procedure

For further details of this exciting opportunity, please see the vacancies section of our website Vacancies Page or contact Jenny McGregor via email (head@stgcc.co.uk)
Visits to the college are welcomed and can be arranged by contacting the College.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Interview date: Thursday 7th December 2017

St George Catholic College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Any appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS Check.

The Governing Body is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


New PE Calendar

Parents and pupils can now view our after school PE activities online.

 View Calendar

 Please click the link above or visit the PE Extra Curricular page of our website


GCSE 77% grades 4-9

Revised GCSE results show that pupils at St George achieved 77% grades 4-9 in 2017 with English grades rising to 81%.  Full details of our GCSE success this year are at:



St Anne’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College and St George Catholic College

New Leadership at the 

Top Two Schools in the City

This September sees the start of a new leadership structure at the two highest performing schools in Southampton, St Anne’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College and St George Catholic College. Lyn Bourne, the newly appointed Executive Headteacher of both schools said “This term we are launching an exciting new style of school leadership for the two Catholic secondary schools in Southampton. I will be responsible for the strategic leadership of both schools, working in partnership with two newly appointed Heads of School; James Rouse, at St Anne’s and James Habberley at St George who will be responsible for the day to day leadership of each school.”

This new structure has already proved beneficial to the development of staff in both schools providing additional leadership opportunities and retaining high quality teaching staff. “The sharing of ideas and successful strategies between the two schools has already had an impact on our plans for the year ahead.  

There is real potential for both schools to achieve even higher standards in future,” said James Rouse, Head of School at St Anne’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College.
Both schools have been extremely successful this year, achieving outstanding results and recruiting high numbers to the sixth form at St Anne’s as a result. “We are both extremely pleased with our results, ranking as the two highest achieving schools in the city. We are looking forward to consolidating these achievements and developing even more effective strategies to improve outcomes for our students,” said James Habberley, Head of School at St George Catholic College.

The new leadership structure has been developed by the Governors of both schools, with the support of the La Sainte Union Trustees of St Anne’s and the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. Parents and pupils were informed about the plans last term, and have already seen the potential benefits of this new way of working.
Lyn Bourne added; “Being responsible for the development of both of these amazing schools is a real privilege. I am looking forward to getting to know the whole community of St George Catholic College and to working with both Heads of School to find ways to build on the outstanding success of each school, strengthening the quality of the education we provide to young people in Southampton.”


Letter from Our Head of School and Executive Head Teacher

11th September 2017  
Dear Parents
It is with great pleasure we write this introductory letter to you as the new leaders of Saint George.  We have had a really positive start to the new College year with another record breaking set of GCSE results, the best ever for the college at 76% 4-9 (A*-C) in Maths & English and on the new measure of 51% 5-9 (A*-B). An indication of the positive impact we have on our students is the stunning predicted Progress 8 score of +0.3 which in essence means on average every child did better by a third of a grade than they should have done in eight of their subjects.  The last three years have seen our results improve year on year and we continue to rank amongst the best schools nationally for progress and attainment as one of the top two performing schools in Southampton.  We would like to thank all our students, staff, parents and governors for all the hard work they put into realising this achievement against increasingly challenging criteria being set by the government each year.  Our challenge for the year ahead is to keep this positive momentum going.
This outstanding achievement is only part of our success story. The College is now oversubscribed in a number of year groups and we start the year with 800 students on roll, mixed in every year group. Two new classrooms for Geography and Languages have been built to accommodate the expansion of the College. The next phase of development will be the long awaited new Science and Technology block. We are now in the final stages of the design phase with building works due to start in January 2018. 
The College has a spring in it its step as it continues to move forward from the two “Outstanding” judgements achieved in the Local Authority inspection last year and the recent Diocesan inspection in the summer term. We have a great deal to celebrate and we are determined to continue to build on this success; a message we have given to all of our students in their first assemblies of the new school year.
 We look forward to working together to encourage our students to strive to make the most of every opportunity and achieve the very best standard possible.
Please can we ask that you help by making sure that the students have their planners signed weekly, and that the whole school agreements are also signed on page 14 & 15.  The planner has information about the topic students are studying in each lesson so that hopefully you can keep up with their lessons and have conversations at home about their learning journey.  Thanks in anticipation for your help with this initiative.
Hopefully your child will have informed you about our forthcoming Open Evening at the College on Thursday 5th October 2017.  As usual the College will close at 12.20 pm to prepare for the evening.  A large number of students will be asked to stay through to the evening to help with the event.  The bus companies have been informed of the changes and will be available at 12.20 pm. 
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of a number of forthcoming events:
1.     Thursday 21st September 2017 6:30pm–Year 11 Core Intervention Evening              (English, Maths, Science & Religious Studies)
2.     Thursday 28th September 2017 5:30pm – Year 7 Settling in Evening
3.     Thursday 5th October 2017 12:20pm – Early Closure – Open Evening
4.     Thursday 19th October 2017 6:30pm–Year 10 Core Information Evening & Year 10 Work
Experience Evening. (English, Maths, Science & Religious Studies)
5.     Friday 20th October 2017 Half term
6.     Monday 30th October 2017 – College Re-Opens

Finally, we would like to thank you and our students for their excellent start to the term.  The uniform is the best that we can remember, the attitude and atmosphere around the College is terrific, making it a real pleasure to be part of the Saint George Catholic College Community.
Best wishes for another successful year!
Yours faithfully
Mr J Habberley
Head of School

 Miss Lyn Bourne
Executive Head Teacher


GCSE Results Exceed Expectations

Our GCSE results this August are well above predicted levels and place us among the highest achieving secondary schools in Hampshire.

With 76% gaining 4-9 and 51% 5-9 in English and Maths, the results are our best ever and our provisional progress of +0.32 is predicted to place us in the top 5% of schools nationally.

84% of pupils achieved a grade 4 or above in Maths and 80% in English.

EBACC 30% 4 - 9
EBACC 23% 5 - 9

Congratulations to all our students!


St George Graded Outstanding

Our latest validation report by the Portsmouth Diocese has graded St George as outstanding.  To read the report please go to St George Sec 48 Validation 2017


College Leadership

­19th June 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

College Leadership

Further to my previous communication in March this year when I informed you that Graham Wilson, our Headteacher, was leaving St George,  I am delighted to update you on the progress to replace him whilst maintaining continuity and minimizing any upheaval during transition.

It is with great pleasure that I am able to tell you about an exciting opportunity for the future of St George and for Catholic secondary education in Southampton.

The Governors of St George and the Diocese of Portsmouth have approached the Governors and Trustees of St Anne’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College to develop a new role of Executive Headteacher in providing strategic leadership to each school through a joint partnership alliance.  We have agreed the terms of our co-operation in principal to enable us both to communicate this exciting news whilst the final details between our Governing Bodies are being drafted.

The proposal would mean that Lyn Bourne, currently Headteacher of St Anne’s would take on this role and she would therefore be sharing her time 50/50 between both school sites.  A new Head of School would be appointed internally at each school to have the day-to-day responsibility for the running of St George and St Anne’s respectively.

It is important to note that the two schools would remain separate institutions, continuing to develop their own  distinctive character with St Anne’s remaining under the Trusteeship of the LSU Community and St George, the Diocese of Portsmouth.

The final details are currently being discussed by both Governing Bodies and this will be concluded on a timely basis.  Please be assured that the best interests of our students continue to be the first consideration at all times and any decisions will be made accordingly.

If you have any questions/comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely.

Kind Regards,

Charles Marchetti

Chair of Governors

view on website - letters page


Student Newsletter Online

Our student reporters have been out and about, interviewing and gathering news about their school. Follow the link below to see their latest edition of "The Dragon" online.

The Dragon Issue 2 (Spring 2017)

Newsletter (Spring Term)

Our latest St George Newsletter is now available to view on our website. 

Link to Newsletter Page



Catholic Celebrate week-end at St George College

Southampton 10th Anniversary Celebrate Weekend 2017

Saturday 30th September 2017, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. to Sunday 1st October 2017, 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

The Southampton team are looking forward to welcoming you to, this, our 10th anniversary Southampton Celebrate Weekend. Following last year’s successful event, we will again be at St. George Catholic College. We have a great line-up of speakers who will challenge and enrich us, together with great Praise & Worship, daily Mass and Prayer Ministry. The wonderful Steve Murray will once again be sharing his talents with us.

The theme this year is: “Seek First His Kingdom” Matt. 6:33 (NIV)
Speakers confirmed so far are Michelle Moran, president of ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services), and Gary Stephens from the Prince of Peace Community.


Adults Over 22 years £40
Young adults 16–21 years old £20
Children 3–15 years old £10
Crèche Under 3 FREE
For more information please click here go to our websiteYour fee includes a hot meal on Saturday evening.
All children attending groups must have a designated adult present at the main conference.


SEN Provision Letter

SEN Inspection
Please visit our Letters page to download a letter to parents concerning the inspection of Local Authority schools for SEN provision.
St. George will not be visited during the inspection, however, parents and carers can contribute their views. The attached letter provides details of the different ways that this can be done. view page


St George Pupils wins national award from the Knights of St Columba

During the Advent Mass at the end of term (2016) St George pupils were presented with prizes for the Knights of St Columba national prayer and essay competition.

The winners were: 

Prayer Competition Winner – Year 7-9 (12-14 y.o.) – Katie Bignell who was 1st at local and provincial level and 2nd Nationally.

Prayer Competition Winner – Year 10-13 (15-18 y.o.)  –  Ben Orchard who was 1st at local and provincial and National Winner.

Essay Competition Winner – Year 7-9 (12-14 y.o.) – Michael Thomson who was first at local and provincial and National Winner.

This outstanding display is the best in the College's history and is further proof of the Holy Spirit at work.

(The photo shows Katie, Ben and Michael receiving their awards from Knights Robert Corry and Local Provincial Sean Smith.)


An End of Year Message from the Headteacher

End of Year Message 2016

St George celebrated its most successful year for achievement with both our attainment and progress making us one of the most successful schools in the country.  This was further confirmed by our recent Local Authority Inspection which graded us outstanding in all areas.

The college continues to strengthen with more than 400 families choosing St George as a preference for admission in 2017, with over 200 being their first preference.  This has been a long term project; ten years ago first preferences were 50 students for 150 spaces. I would like to pay tribute to the governors, staff and students who have all worked hard and believed in the transformation of St George.

 Mr G Wilson


Investment Challenge 2017

Year 10 gained some knowledge of the stock exchange in our Investment Challenge activity on January 11th.  Click on the image to view photographs.

Weather Warnings and College Opening

Advisory information is posted on this page in the event of extreme weather conditions.