At Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Education Trust we aim to provide education which is:
❖ Christ centred:
❖ education which is informed and influenced by the teaching and example of Jesus Christ, which recognises the dignity of the human person and his command to love and care for each other;
❖ education which aims to build up the self – worth and self-esteem of the student;
❖ education which embodies caring and belonging where every student and staff member uses their God given gifts and talents to achieve truly personalised learning.
❖ Enlightened by our Catholic faith:
❖ faith, culture and life are brought into dialogue and harmony within the trust school communities;
❖ faith underpins the work of the trust and its improvement planning for the 21st century;
❖ faith is at the heart of all aspects of trust education, through all aspects of the work of the community and integral to liturgies, rituals, symbolism and prayer spaces;
❖ faith communities which welcome those from all world faiths, and none, who choose to be part of our trust school communities.
❖ Shows concern for the disadvantaged and vulnerable:
❖ trust school communities working within the local and world-wide faith community to eradicate suffering and its causes;
❖ compassion is the energy that drives members of the trust community to search for justice for those on the margins to allow them to establish a sense of belonging;
❖ communities where community members use their gifts and talents to support those where poverty of spirit and/or of aspiration are barriers to achievement;
❖ communities where the disadvantaged and vulnerable are not marginalised;
❖ communities where we encourage students to question the status quo, be active for social change and promote the full participation of minorities within the development of policy and support;
❖ communities which strive for equality of opportunity for minorities without diminishing, or demeaning, the majority;
❖ communities which use their particular history and tradition to support the common good.
❖ Pursues excellence:
❖ schools which enable every student to strive to achieve his/her potential;
❖ school committed to high quality teaching and learning and on-going review of practice;
❖ schools which have a holistic view of the formation of the young people in their care;
❖ schools which strive to achieve the highest standards for the most disadvantaged students;
❖ schools which place respect at the heart of all relationships between all members of the school community;
❖ schools which feature inventiveness, not conformity, and are open to new perspectives and new answers to old questions in their pursuit of excellence.
❖ Builds communities:
❖ community is what makes the school Catholic ie. a community permeated with the gospel value of love;
❖ communities which show social responsibility to the world, the common home, which we inhabit;
❖ communities where parents, staff and students share a common vision;
❖ communities with genuine opportunities for participation, partnership and collaboration;
❖ communities which exude a clear message of warmth and welcome;
❖ communities with firm links to local faith communities and the wider community, within and beyond, our city;
❖ communities where people reach out with generosity to others within, and beyond, the community to support those who may be living in a disadvantage;
❖ communities where everyone can live lives of dignity and decency with respect for life and care for the earth.