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Welcome to the St. Francis’ College Association (SFA) website.
History of St. Francis’ College
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The History of St. Francis’ College is very rich and varied. The College, as we know it, opened in September 1933 with 29 pupils. However, the oldest part of the school was built in 1919 as part of St. Christopher School. For 50 years St. Francis’ College was run by the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary until they decided to leave in 1983 to undertake other work. Since then the College has been run by the St. Francis’ College Trust.

Over the years there have been many changes to the building, pupil numbers have fluctuated, but the ethos of the founding Sisters remains at the heart of everything the College does even in the 21st Century. In 1935 one of the Sisters wrote “Thus all through school life, the child is encouraged to develop what is best in her. To make the most of her natural ability, she is taught by her own experience to be generous, kind and helpful to her companions.”

The following pages of the SFA website aim to give you a flavour of what the College must have been like over the decades. We hope you enjoy the pictures from the school archive and brief summary of each decade of school history.

If you have any photographs or memories of your own that you would like to share with Katharine Purchon, our School Librarian and Archivist please get in touch either through or

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