Values and Ethos


All members of staff at St Catherine’s seek to do the very best that we can for all of the children in our care. Our work is formed and led by our Mission Statement.

The living out of this Mission Statement challenges each and every one of us on a daily basis. Providing the best possible quality care for children with different gifts and talents, continuing to strive for excellence and always looking to be witnesses of Our Lord Jesus Christ may be a tall order, but it forms the daily life of our school.

We hope that your children will leave St Catherine’s not only having achieved their full potential academically, but also leave prepared to take on responsibility for their own learning and ready to use their talents for the good of others.

As the first and prime educators of your children we hope to involve you as much as possible in your child’s education. If, at any stage, you have concerns or suggestions do not hesitate to contact me.

Welcome to St Catherine’s!

Mrs Fiona Rigby

Our school is a community, which celebrates the uniqueness and dignity of each individual. Everyone is made in the likeness of God, and has dignity that does not depend on age, race, gender, wealth or any other attributes.

As a community we depend on each other profoundly, our aim is that through example as well as by direct teaching we will teach our children that the most effective way of learning is by caring for others, nurturing our own talents, always doing our best and always being there to help others.

Our Aims


With Jesus as a role model, build on the unique talents of everyone in our community.

Create a warm and welcoming environment.

Show appreciation of the gifts given to us by God.

Enable everyone to reach their full potential through a broad and balanced curriculum.

Foster positive links between home, school and parish.

Work together to achieve excellence in all areas.

Encourage the development of a positive self-image of everyone involved in our school community.

Raise awareness of the importance of equality — regardless of race, gender, faith, academic ability or disability.

Our Mission


Our Mission is to behave in the way Jesus taught us. He said “I have set you an example: that you learn that you are all equal, that the Master is no more important than the servant, and that you should behave kindly and humbly towards each other.”

We make each day a special one

  • We celebrate our faith through prayer and worship
  • We give thanks to God for his many gifts
  • We have a positive attitude
  • We celebrate our successes
  • We share our successes with those who care for us

We see other people as special

  • We are respectful
  • We are tolerant
  • We are thoughtful
  • We are charitable
  • We work well with others

We are active in our parish and community

  • We are involved in parish events
  • We look after our community
  • We bring our talents to the community
  • We celebrate the diversity of our community
  • We are responsible for adding to and caring for our school environment

We remember that we are all special

  • We learn and develop in all areas of the curriculum
  • We remember that Jesus is our friend on our journey of faith
  • We work well alone
  • We use our initiative
  • We reach our full potential

In line with our Mission Statement, the behaviour we promote encourages respect of self and of each other, based on Christ’s teaching to love God and one another. We recognise that discipline and good behaviour are pre-requisites to enabling us to function as an orderly community.

RE is central to all we do. Pupils are helped to develop an understanding of Catholic values and doctrines and they are encouraged to participate in the life of the parish.