Vaughan Memorial School
The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School is a voluntary-aided Catholic comprehensive
for boys with a mixed Sixth Form. It aims to provide a Catholic framework
in which children may grow in their understanding and practice of the
faith and in which they are prepared to undertake their responsibilities
as Catholics in society.
Beautifully sited in Holland Park and formerly a grammar school, the Vaughan
has retained very high academic standards despite becoming non-selective.
It sends about six pupils to Oxbridge every year and won the Evening Standard
Award for the best state secondary in London in 2002.
The 2002 OFSTED report is glowing: 'The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
is a very successful school whose pupils attain exceptionally high standards
as a result of very good teaching coupled with very good leadership and
management.' Old boys include Richard Greene, Norman St John Stevas and
Martin Cross and Garry Herbert (Olympic gold medal winning rowers), as
well as Dominic Holland, the comedian.
The exams results achieved at the school are exceptional with 50% of GCSEs passed a A or A* grades in 2005.
How do you get in?
The school is over-subscribed, but takes pupils from a very wide variety
of primaries: there are no specific 'feeder' schools as each application
is judged on its own merits. Apply direct to the school and complete its
application form. The school does not select on the basis of ability but
a positive attitude to the Catholic faith and parental commitment are
of paramount importance. The school must be your first choice.
Vaughan Memorial School,
M. A. Gormally