As a Catholic school we follow the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Our educational mission entails the ongoing development of the entire potential of every person. It seeks to promote the well-being and freedom of every person made in the image and likeness of God and finding fulfilment in God alone.
As the Catechism says, “Parents are the principal and first educators of their children”. So all schools exist to help parents to fulfil this duty and privilege of providing education. A short answer to the question “Why have Catholic schools and colleges?” is, “So that Catholic parents can have the best opportunities for enabling their children to grow to responsible adulthood in the knowledge and love of God and neighbour”, or putting it another way, “the best opportunities for helping their children to develop a deeply-rooted and fully mature Catholic faith and life”. (Diocese of Shrewsbury)
As part of our faith our children follow the sacramental programmes in preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion (Year 3). Our parish priest and deacon are involved in the preparation with both the children and parents of our community, providing discussion opportunities during lessons and after school meetings and activities.
Our RE curriculum is taught from the Diocesan scheme of work ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’. Each year group from Reception to Year 6 follow topics each term that build on the liturgical seasons and scripture associated whilst developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of the faith, and the vital role it plays within our society today.
Our school plays an active part in the life of the parish of St Gabriel’s. Our Parish Priest Fr Tony Grace is a frequent visitor to our school and regular meets with each class for a morning liturgy. We celebrate mass in the school hall at various times of the term in which parishioners attend also.
The active SVP society holds a ‘celebratory meal’ event each year which is held in the school each year. Our children perform to launch the evening in what is one of the highlights of the year.
The weekly parish newsletter is shared with all families each week prior to the weekend masses.
A link to our parish website is available in the tab above.