Education Service News

A Suffragette at St Augustine's Priory

Marking the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act granting some women the right to vote in 1918, we remember the suffragette at St Augustine's, Ealing. 

Mother Mary Francis, a strong, intelligent woman, was a member of the community of Augustinian Canonesses of the Lateran who ran the school until the mid-1990s. She was Headmistress for many years and teacher of Latin for even longer. 

A suffragette, she was chained to railings and arrested for window-breaking more than once.  Not only a fighter for votes for women, she was only one of a long line of strong women who fought for religious freedom and education for women.

In 1634 Lettice Tredway, a nun in France, wanted to provide a place for English women to follow their vocation – the England of that time preventing them from doing so in their own country. Their community also founded a school which thrived in France until the early years of the twentieth century when they moved to England, and became St Augustine’s, Ealing.

Your thoughts
  • (Not published)
more stories
  • Healthy Bodies and Minds at St Anthony’s School for Girls

    In preparation for Children’s Mental Health Week (5–11 February), St Anthony’s School for Girls participated in a series of ‘healthy practice activities for bodies and minds’ as part of its annual Health and Wellbeing Week. This year’...

  • St Thomas More School hosts ‘Speak Out’ Challenge

    On Tuesday 23 January, St Thomas More Catholic School in Wood Green hosted the Haringey Regional finals of Jack Petchey’s ‘Speak Out’ Challenge 2017-18. The challenge, which is run by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation ...

  • A Suffragette at St Augustine's Priory

    Marking the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act granting some women the right to vote in 1918, we remember the suffragette at St Augustine's, Ealing.  Mother Mary Francis, a strong, intelligent woman, was a member of...

  • Celebrating St Edmund’s Douai Foundation

    The oldest Catholic school in the country started its 450th anniversary celebrations with a Mass at Westminster Cathedral on 12 January. St Edmund’s College, based at Ware in Hertfordshire, was founded originally in Douai, France, by Cardinal Wi...

  • Calling Catholic Teachers

    The Diocese of Westminster Education Service is hosting an evening to engage with Catholic teachers and leaders currently working outside of Catholic education.   We will also provide an opportunity to register for a mentoring programme...

  • Caritas Ambassadors at Our Lady's High School

    In September Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Hackney formally teamed up with Caritas Westminster to help promote and develop their new Ambassadors Scheme. Caritas launched the project in September 2017 and with the support of Our Lady’s is ...