Who is our new Headmistress?
Mrs Rachel Owens started the Christmas Term 2016 as the new Headmistress of St George’s College, Weybridge.
She replaces Mr Joe Peake, who retired after almost 22 years as Headmaster of the College.
Mrs Owens was previously Headmistress of St George’s School, Ascot and joins St George’s Weybridge as the largest independent Catholic co-educational day school in the country, with almost 1,600 girls and boys at both its College and nearby Junior School, the latter being run by Headmaster Mr Antony Hudson.
Educated at Somerville College Oxford, where she read History, she has a broad experience of schools encompassing both the maintained and independent sectors.
Within the latter she has taught at the academic powerhouse of North London Collegiate School and later was Vice Principal at New Hall School, one of the largest Catholic co-educational schools in the country. Having spent the vast majority of her career in the world of co-educational Catholic education, she is delighted to be starting at St George’s College, Weybridge.
As a governor at three schools, she brings a wealth of knowledge to St George’s, gained also through her work as a trustee of an HMC scheme bringing talented Sixth Formers from Eastern Europe to British schools.
What is the College’s academic profile?
St George's College is an academic school where all students strive for academic excellence. The ethos of the curriculum is academic throughout, the aim being to prepare and qualify students for the ultimate destination of higher education. It is also the College's mission to develop the spiritual, moral, physical and social needs of the students.
How many students do you have?
There are currently 938 students in the College, including the Sixth Form. The split is almost 50/50 boys and girls in the lower school and 60/40 boys/girls from the Third Year onwards – owing to the cohort of Common Entrance students joining us.
Do you have to be Catholic to go to St George's College?
St George's College welcomes children of all Christian denominations. The School is Roman Catholic, welcoming Christians from other traditions and occasionally at the discretion of the Headmistress, from other faith backgrounds, who are willing to embrace the Christian Catholic ethos of the College.
What is your maximum class size?
Our maximum class size is 22. Subjects such as Modern Languages and Maths are taught in smaller sets whilst in the Sixth Form the teaching groups comprise between 8-13 students.
Where do I buy school uniform?
The school uniform and sports kit are available from The College Shop situated on the main College site. There is also a second hand clothing shop which sells good quality pre-owned uniforms.
How long is your school day?
The school opens from 8am and the teaching day begins at 8.40am and finishes at 4pm.
Many of our students take part in activities, clubs and societies after school. The school library is available for quiet study Monday to Thursday 7.45am–6pm & Fridays. 7.45am– 5.30pm
Do you have any football facilities?
The College has three full sized football pitches with goal posts and nets.
My child likes music; what does St George's Weybridge have to offer?
In the First, Second and Third Years at the College, all students receive tuition in practical keyboard performance basic composition and music theory. In addition, a high proportion of students choose to take instrumental and singing lessons from a distinguished team of 37 peripatetic teachers visiting the College each week.
There is a range and variety in music making. The College Choir enjoys a fine reputation and has made annual tours overseas for over thirty years.
Throughout the year, there are many opportunities for students to perform. These include the Inter-House Music Competition, a series of Informal Chamber Concerts, Seasonal concerts, regular concerts in the College Chapel, jazz, rock groups, music theatre, as well as more traditional ensembles (choirs, orchestras, and wind bands).
Students from St George's College play in the National Youth Orchestra, National Independent Schools Symphony Orchestra, and National Children's Orchestra. Our students win scholarships to the major conservatories in London and former students currently hold key positions in the music profession both here and abroad.
What are your sports facilities like?
The College offers outstanding sports facilities. For tennis, there are three floodlit clay courts and the four court indoor tennis centre which is run in association with the Surrey Lawn Tennis Association. There are also four additional hard courts, eight all weather and three grass courts. There are two floodlit artificial surfaces for hockey, a modern athletics track, floodlit netball courts, rugby, football and cricket pitches and our own boat club situated in Walton on Thames. The College has two indoor sports halls. The College also has its own mini golf course and is able to make use of local golf courses. Girls' cricket has been introduced at St George's and it is a tremendous success.
How much opportunity will my child have to use a computer?
St George's College has networked computers located throughout the College. In addition to the dedicated ICT Resources Rooms, every department has modern projection facilities linked directly to the internet and other resources. All students have their own email address and have access to the Internet. In the First, Second, Third and Fourth Year students have timetabled ICT lessons.
My child is a vegetarian; will that be a problem at lunchtime?
No. Lunches are prepared on site and great attention is given to providing children with wholesome and varied menus. Children have a choice of a main hot meal with a vegetarian option, pasta, jacket potatoes, soup, a salad bar, filled baguettes or salad boxes, a hot dessert, yoghurts, fresh fruit or fruit juice. From the Third Year, students may also opt to bring in a packed lunch. There is a termly charge for lunches.
We live in Guildford; how might my son and daughter get to and from the College?
In addition to travelling by train to Addlestone station (5 minutes walk), St George's Weybridge operates an extensive coach which stops at Guildford station that can be booked on a termly basis. Further information can be found on the transport page of the School website.
What is your policy on bullying?
Bullying of any kind is not acceptable nor tolerated at St George's Weybridge. The School has a fully developed bullying policy.
No student of the School has the right to put pressure on another in anyway and to do so is wrong. Students are encouraged to tell a friend, their Tutor, Head of Year or Subject Teacher, the School Chaplain or a parent. There is a strong pastoral support system at the College. All students have a Form Tutor who meets with them twice a day, for their Personal and Social Education (PSE) lesson and for their two tutor group meetings each week. The tutor is the first point of contact for parents and students, and provides support and guidance for students. Each year group has a Head of Year or Senior Tutor who oversees the pastoral work of their year team and students.
Do you take children who have special educational needs or children who have a disability?
Families with children who have a disability or a special educational need are asked to enquire with the College well before the time of entry to determine the suitability of the School.
St George's Weybridge is a selective entry school and all children must reach the academic criteria for entry. However, we have many years of experience in helping able children with additional learning or special needs through our academic support teacher.
Parents are asked to give a full disclosure of the nature of any disability which their child has so that we can determine if we can make reasonable adjustments to accommodate him/her. We have a disability policy which addresses many issues such as homework, copies of which can be obtained upon request. We are aware of the disability discrimination act.
Do you have Saturday School?
There is no academic teaching on Saturdays; however children may be involved in sports fixtures or activities during the day.