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Mission Statement and Aims of the School

Mission Statement and Aims of the School

By our very existence as a Catholic school we are aware of our duty to educate in the faith. We aim to make our pupils know better the person and the message of Christ so that they may be able to make personal moral commitments in keeping with this teaching through the Gospels and to develop a Christian outlook on life.

Their religious education should lead them to a deeper understanding of their relationship with God and therefore to prayer, worship and participation in the sacramental life of the Church.

As well as developing in their spiritual life, we aim to develop the full potential of pupils in every sphere, academic, creative, moral, physical and social, so that they may be able to play an active and responsible role in society.

To this end we endeavour to foster a happy atmosphere conducive to learning and to make fullest use of the facilities and excellent teaching staff, support staff, resources and traditions we have at Trinity.

A statement on the distinctive characteristics of this Catholic School. (Arising out of INSET 18 October 1991)

"A school is not only a teaching shop, it must transmit values and attitudes." (Plowden Report)

The Catholic School

The Catholic School is, or should be, a unique Christian Community.  That community should share a deeply held commitment to genuine Christian values and be united in mutual respect and a sense of belonging.  It should be a place where God is experienced as a reality.  The Church maintains its schools because of its conviction that nothing matters more than the Christian vision of life and death and the coming of God's kingdom.

This vision has been emphasised in specific terms by the Second Vatican Council, "The Declaration of Christian Education" (1967);  by The Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, "The Catholic School" (1977) and more recently by the late Cardinal Hume in his final address to Headteachers of Westminster Diocese, "The Future for Catholic Schools".

The Trinity Catholic School

Having considered our aims and ideals we have condensed our Mission Statement to a format which is simple and easily understood by parents, teachers, clergy and pupils.

"This Catholic School will seek to educate the whole person, academically, morally, socially and spiritually through the example of Jesus Christ and the witness of committed capable teachers".

This simple statement must be qualified by some agreed, specific considerations.

  1. It must be a good school dispensing demonstrable quality education, including Religious Education.
  2. It can only succeed fully if there is a partnership between the school, homes and parishes.
  3. It will be a model of justice.
  4. It will be distinguished by the quality of care extended to its members.

Departing Values for Every Child

Mr McKeever, a former Headteacher at the school, sited the following as an aim for the school. He stated that every child that leaves should:

  • Have a sense of God’s love as real; an experience in school which leads them to this.
  • Some personal spiritual life; an awareness of a greater power learnt or felt in their schoolwork.
  • A desire to worship in the community; having enjoyed or been moved by something we have done together.
  • A sense of love and duty to their neighbour; encouraged by us into charitable work and to consider the welfare of others.
  • An idea of the transformative power of God; to have seen or experienced change or some form of redemption/forgiveness in their life at school.

This continues to be our mission to this day. 

We believe that working "To the Glory of God", Ad Dei Gloriam, our school motto, should involve:

  • Aiming High
  • Working Hard
  • Perseverance
  • Cooperation
  • Participation
  • Challenge