Catholic Life & Religious Education

Catholic schools, with RE at their core, are central to helping parents, priests and teachers to hand on the Deposit of Faith in its fullness to a new generation of young people.

Catholic Life

The Catholic Life of a School is about an educational endeavour centred on the person of Christ. The school’s Catholic identity and ethos should be explicit to the whole community and beyond.

Religious Education

The Catholic school is a community of faith, and religious education is where that faith seeks understanding, where pupils learn to love God with all their minds, where they learn to ‘know their creed so well that they can give an account of it’. In an atmosphere of faith, religious education is the engine room of the missionary dynamic of the Catholic school as a whole.

Prayer & Liturgy

Just as Our Lord Jesus Christ is at the heart of all our prayer and liturgy, so too He is at the centre of every Catholic school. His Gospel is the reference point for its ethos and values; He offers the definitive example of the educator. Joining Christ in praise of the Eternal Father and united by the Holy Spirit in making intercession for the world through prayer and liturgy lies at the heart of the daily life of the school. The quality of the prayer and liturgy in school not only gives honour to God but forms the spiritual and ethical life of pupils and staff alike.

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

Relationships and Sex Education is part of the mission of our Catholic schools to educate the whole person. It should be carried out as part of a holistic education which seeks to form, as well as inform, young people in preparation for adult life. The resources and guidance in the 'RSHE Documents' section below have been developed using the expertise of teachers who deliver RSE and PSHE in a Catholic context, they are available for all schools to download.

Rainbows Bereavement Support

Rainbows is a programme that fosters emotional healing among children, young people and adults who are grieving a death, or any other significant loss in their lives. Our diocesan Rainbows Directors offer training to enable schools to establish peer support groups and deliver planned programmes. Rainbows offers three age appropriate programmes: Sunbeams for nursery and reception aged pupils, Rainbows for primary pupils and Spectrum for secondary school students.  Peer support groups allow participants to share their feelings in a secure environment supported by known, trained, caring and compassionate adults.