Catholic Life of school
Our school is guided in its Catholic life by our enthusiastic and dedicated Chaplaincy team; made up of priest Chaplain, Fr John Gilbert, and Lay Chaplains, Megan Ford and Mary Bridges.
Every morning in form time begins with a short prayer, while students have the opportunity to explore their faith further, to seek solitude or to sit in quiet prayer in our school Chapel. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place once a week, and Morning Prayer takes place in form time in the Chapel where the young people get to practice their faith in a less formal manner.
The young people at St Thomas More Catholic Academy have a variety of opportunities to practice and learn about our faith. We celebrate a small group mass with every Year 7 class at the start of the year, have a mass for every year group throughout the year and celebrate feasts such as Christmas and Easter, and events such as leaving ceremonies with Holy Mass too.
Many of our students enjoy the chance to go away on a retreat – with every year group offered a retreat experience. This allows the students’ time to think about and explore their faith, while playing games, doing outdoor activities and getting to know each other, and themselves, better.
We take a group away on pilgrimage to Lourdes in France, where our students join with hundreds of pilgrims across the Diocese of Birmingham to spend time with and assist the sick to go in hope of being healed, as well as to grow in faith and confidence themselves.
The Catholic Life of our school is one that is vibrant and growing. It is also one which is all-inclusive, no matter what faith or beliefs a young person has. We are constantly looking at ways to continue to grow the Catholic Life of our school to best serve the young people who belong to our school community, and to ensure that they fully realise how amazing, how special and how loved each one of them is.