Saint Cecilia’s provides outstanding pastoral care. We seek to provide for the personal welfare of each individual child so that there are as few barriers to learning as possible. We want pupils to leave us having achieved their full potential, able to think and make decisions for themselves.
We have collective worship at the end of every day and throughout the year we have parents’ and staff prayer meetings in school.
Key dates of the Christian calendar are celebrated by our Communion in the Community events. The whole school visit local churches to learn more about them and to experience a Communion Service. Throughout the year, pupils take part in retreats to promote team spirit and encourage conversation about their differences. The retreats are designed to enable pupils to appreciate not only heir individual value, but also the effect of their interaction with their peers and others, inside and outside of the school.
In life, there are often very important issues that lead to a questioning of faith. The teenage years are where the most ‘growing’ happens in all aspects of the word and, for example, when a close family member dies or there is a ‘natural’ disaster, there are questions that need to be answered. Our school offers prayer for all and is always available at break times for informal discussions. The school has a Chapel for the use of pupils and staff, both for voluntary services and private prayer and reflection.
Pupils and sixth formers are placed in small mentor groups and mentors play a crucial role in the social and academic development of each child. Mentor groups meet regularly and their small size enables individual attention to be given to each child, as necessary. They enjoy social trips and activities outside the school day, participate in inter-mentor group competitions throughout the year and play a central role in the monitoring of pupils’ academic progress and achievement through regular analysis of their attainment grades. Mentor meetings also include a time of Christian reflection and meditation.
Our Bethany Centre accommodates all aspects of support and inclusion, ensuring we meet the needs of all pupils, including those with Special Education Needs, those who speak English and an additional language and those with personal struggles such as bereavement. The Centre also holds regular coffee mornings and drop-ins for parents/carers.
We work with the Schools Project who visit schools across the UK to deliver assemblies, provide mentoring opportunities, and create pathways for students to lead small discussion groups known as “Crews”. The Schools Project has delivered dynamic, engaging assembly presentations across all year groups with the school, and we look forward to all that’s ahead as we continue to work alongside them. For more information on who they are and what they do, see the website here; https://www.schoolsproject.org