The first key reason why Catholic schools are established, is to be part of the Church’s mission in education, to place Christ and the teaching of the Catholic Church at the centre of people’s lives. “Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News. First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth.” This evangelising mission is exercised through the diverse interaction of Catholic schools with their local parishes, families, societies and cultures they serve. To put Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church at the centre of the educational enterprise is the key purpose of Catholic schools. In a Catholic school, the Church seeks to build the foundation our spiritual development, our learning and teaching, the formation of culture and our society in Christ. (Christ at the Centre, Bishop Marcus Stock)
In the large geographic area making up the Diocese of Leeds, we have small schools, large schools, rural schools, urban schools, a residential school, a sixth form college and a university. All are very different but all are very much alike in that their distinctiveness as a Catholic school comes first and foremost.
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St. Mary's is part of the Diocese of Leeds and through our Mission Statement and school Ethos we aim to educate children of the Church's Mission.