Our Catholic Ethos
Inspired by Christ to fulfil potential, achieve excellence, serve and build hope for all
Our Catholic faith is central to the life of the family of schools which make up the St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust.
Rooted in Gospel values, we recognise each member of our community as a child of God. With a focus on prayer, we are driven to strive for excellence.
Through the example of Jesus Christ, we encourage each other to fulfil our potential.
As a Catholic Trust, our mission is to always put Christ at the centre of everything we do in school life. We recognise the spirit of the risen Lord being present and alive in our school communities in the ordinary events of everyday life – in academic studies, pastoral care, religious life and personal formation.
At the St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust, we recognise that we are all very different. We are an incredibly diverse and multi-talented community, where each pupil is loved and supported in being the very best version of him or herself.
As St John Bosco said, “It is not enough for the young people to be loved, they must know they are loved.” We want to encourage students to know themselves, to play to his/her strengths and to develop his/her talents in every way possible.
We are committed to living out the values of Christ’s Gospel through our values, how we treat one another and in how we respond to life in our twenty first century society and in the wider world.
Within the St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust, we are fortunate to have a dedicated Trust Chaplain - Mrs Rose Darwin.
Prayer is an important aspect of the life of our schools and within each school we worship together as one community, and also come together as a Trust whenever possible. We want to instil in the pupils across our schools the determination never to accept second best in their lives and to have a true sense of God’s love and of their own self-worth which will enable them to stand up for themselves and for a purpose greater than themselves.
If we work together towards this, beginning with fully embracing the Catholic Ethos of the school and making the prayer life central to everything we do then we can help them begin their journey of developing a relationship with a God who loves them and forgives them and is there for them no matter what, regardless of race or religion, faith or no faith.
We recognise that each young person is making a personal spiritual journey and we invite all members of our community on a journey of self-discovery by offering time and opportunity for reflection and consideration of the spiritual side of life. In this way each child may grow and develop as an individual who can look outside of themselves with empathy, wisdom and a sense of purpose.
The role of Chaplaincy includes:
- To help the schools to be a community of faith.
- To encourage staff and pupils to live their faith in daily life.
- To develop good relationships within and beyond the school community.
- To support liturgy, prayer and the spiritual life of the schools.
- To support staff and pupils in fundraising for charities.
- To continue to develop strong links within the parishes.
- To support the schools in their Mission Statements.
- To be involved in the general well-being of the staff and pupils.
- To bring the Catholic schools together in Trust wide events.
In a recent S48 inspection of Thomas Becket Catholic School, inspectors reported that:
"The chaplaincy provision is significant in supporting and promoting the Catholic life of the school as a whole and also seeks to accompany individuals on their own journey of faith and belief."
“The school chaplain helps animate prayer and worship throughout the school in a variety of thoughtful ways…Besides leading collective worship in local Catholic primary schools, other initiatives include fundraising for a local hospice and supporting a local foodbank, which made a great impression on those involved.”