Our Catholic faith is fundamental to our work. This is a School where young people can develop and grow in their faith journey, by following the school’s mission statement, ‘To Care, to Learn, to Achieve’.
We live out our values in every aspect of school life, as we look to learn from the example of Jesus in the way we act and value others. Religious Education gives students room to grow, question and express their moral and spiritual development, from year 7 right through to the 6th form who complete the NOCN qualification in RE. Students thrive in our community, which is diverse in religious and cultural background. Ours is a universal and welcoming community, where a genuine appreciation of faith is actively experienced. Students are pushed to achieve their very best, to become the person God has called them to be.
Here at Thomas More, encouraging and supporting the spiritual development of our students is a key part of life at the School. Our local priest works alongside other members of staff in helping our students to enter into, and deepen, their relationship with God, particularly through the daily prayer life of the School and a programme of spiritual input. We provide additional opportunities for students to meet together in small groups for prayer, meditation and reflection. The Chapel is regularly used for prayer and reflection. Our local priest is also available to meet with students on a one-to-one basis, and provides additional pastoral support for all members of the School.
Daily Acts of Worship
The School day begins with an act of worship, either in Tutor Groups or at Year Group assemblies. Prayer time in Tutor Groups will often be organised and led by the students themselves and all these times of prayer are related to our ‘theme of the week’ which links to the Catholic Liturgical Calendar.
The key Feasts and Seasons of the Church’s year are celebrated at liturgies which the students help to prepare, including our Christmas Carol Service, Ash Wednesday Service and Easter celebrations.
Each academic year begins with a Mass for our Year 7 students. Years 7, 8 and 9 all celebrate our annual open air Thomas More Feast Day Mass with our Diocesan Archbishop. Students have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. Our local priest prepares Students for this through their RE lessons. ‘Breathe Week’ during Lent allows students to further explore prayer in a kinaesthetic way.
Year 7 students participate in an annual one day retreat at Aylesford Priory. This includes a year group Mass and other spiritual and prayer input.
Faith in Action
In the Autumn Term, all members of the School are invited to donate items for our Harvest Appeal. This year all donations were given to the ‘Purley Food Hub’ charity for people in crisis. The school raises money for a different national charity each year, such as the Grenfell Appeal. International charity funds include CAFOD and ‘UMOJA’, a Kenyan street child charity. Our students are passionate about raising money to show care and concern for others.