Introduction to our school
We are very pleased that you are taking time to find out about our school. This website will give you lots of information, but you are also very welcome to visit us to look around and ask any questions which are not answered in the website.
The governors, staff and parents at St Catherine’s aim to create a caring Christian community where children can flourish in a stimulating learning environment. Our core Christian values help us make decisions about how we behave, create a stronger sense of community and improve our social and relationship skills. They are a guide to how we – children, staff and governors alike – aim to live our lives, influencing our attitudes and actions, encouraging us all to take responsibility for our own learning and behaviour.
Developing children’s academic, spiritual, social and personal skills is a central part of the school’s aims and children are given opportunities to pray and reflect throughout the school day.
Our mission statement underpins all our activities as we endeavour to live the message of the Gospels by doing our best, working hard together in a place of love, warmth and safety, following the teachings of Jesus.
Live, love and learn together
We aim to:
Work hard to be the best we can be, celebrating and enjoying our achievements.
Love, value and respect each other as Jesus taught us.
Reach out to those who need us both near and far.
Say sorry with honesty and courage and learn to forgive each other.
Create a happy atmosphere, lasting friendships and wonderful memories.
Create an environment where we feel spiritually, emotionally and physically safe, and our thoughts and feelings are listened to.
Different faiths and beliefs
Whilst we are a faith school, many of our pupils are not Catholic. Every pupil in our school is valued as an important member of our school community. We have high expectations of all our pupils and we are committed to developing every child to the best of their ability regardless of age, academic level, race, gender, religion or physical ability.
Our school mission statement reinforces the requirement to love and value each other, and our RE curriculum, Christian values and behaviour management Choices policy encourage children to live lives of empathy, compassion and tolerance.
Links with the church
St Catherine’s is the parish school for Bridport Catholic Parish, with churches in Bridport, Beaminster and Chideock. The parish priest is Canon Richard Meyer.
Whole school mass is held at the school every half term, and Canon Richard has Prayer & Praise with the whole school each Wednesday morning. Canon Richard is a regular visitor to the school and also sits on the board of Governors.
School news is included in the church newsletter every Sunday, which is linked from our website home page. Our Foundation Governors are members of the parish appointed by the Bishop, and other parish members are volunteer readers at school and regular attendees at our Nurture Breakfasts.
We have a Catholic Community Group consisting of a mix of school governors, RE coordinator and parishioners where we work to strengthen and develop links between the school, parish and wider community.
Please click here to visit the Bridport Catholic Parish website.