Catholic Life at St Thomas More

Summer 3

As a school we are part of the Holy Spirit Multi Academy Company and share their Catholic values.  You can find these explained in full on their website.  This week we are celebrating National Youth Sunday.  To find out more about this important event please visit the National Youth Sunday Website.

As a school we look to foster the creative spirit in each person. As a Catholic school, we exist to serve humanity according to the vision and spirit of the gospel, and, as such, we are faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. We offer opportunities for a faith response to God, whilst recognising that faith cannot be imposed.

For Catholic pupils, we offer a knowledge and love for the Church and the Sacraments as privileged opportunities to meet with Christ. For non-Catholic pupils, this includes knowledge of the Scriptures, especially the Gospels. In ways appropriate for a school, concrete experiences of Church life are available to all students. We provide ways for pupils from other religions to practice while part of our wider educational community.

Religious and spiritual formation is integral to the education we provide – it is not added to, or separate from, the educational process. The intellectual, the imaginative and affective, the creative and the physical development of each pupil, along with a sense of wonder, can all help students discover God active in history and creation.

We encourage and assist each pupil in responding to his or her own personal call from God – a vocation of service in personal and working life.

How we achieve this...

  • A comprehensive retreat programme
  • School assemblies and Masses
  • Provision of a School Chaplain Fr Matthew Pittam
  • Spiritual Exercises
  • Focus on service to others through our charity work coordinated by our Sixth Form College
  • Religious and spiritual formation in all classes
  • Progressive  initiation to prayer


 On our website we welcome you to explore our Catholic life which underpins everything we do. You will find

  • A  gallery of events like our recent pilgrimage to Lourdes
  • A list of the opportunities students and staff
  • A  feature on how we celebrate the liturgical year.
  • Features on our collective worship where Mass is celebrated for close to 1000 staff and students.
  • Prayer opportunities primarily using our 'School Prayer'.
  • Our rosary group and involvement on our MAC rosary relay chain.
  • Information on our retreat programme to Mater Ecclesiae convent, Alton Castle and Soli House.
  • The role of our Chaplain Fr Matthew Pittam and the Chaplaincy

    Whole School Mass

    School trip to Lourdes

    Mater Ecclesiae Retreat Centre 

    Values and Ethos