Loreto College St Albans

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Mission Statement

Loreto educational communities in England are centred in God, rooted in Christ and animated by the spirit of Mary Ward, the foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We are proud to be part of an international network of Loreto schools and colleges and we will work to interpret and apply the international guidelines for Loreto Education within the context of England in the early 21st century.

Within our schools and college the story of Mary Ward will be re-interpreted to, and by, each new generation. Her vision and values will find expression in the experience offered to, and shaped by, our students, parents, staff and governors.

We are ambitious for our students not just in the context of academic excellence but also in the context of human possibilities, and as educators we will stretch hearts as well as minds.

We invite our students to be women and men who use their gifts and talents to make a difference both globally and locally; men and women of courage who will challenge accepted notions and modes of society when they are at odds with the values for which we stand.

We will strive rigorously for the achievement of both personal and academic excellence within learning communities that:

  • introduce students to a reflective way of thinking and living and encourage seekers of truth who will search critically for answers to the great questions of life.
  • encourage doers of justice who will stand with those on the margins of life and become responsible global citizens and agents of social change, committed to building a better world.
  • allow all the freedom to become their best selves and to take charge of their own lives and futures within environments that celebrate diversity and nurture independence of spirit.
  • develop relationships that are marked by a Christ-like respect and compassion and characterised by integrity and sincerity.
  • are joyful places where students enjoy their learning and flourish in a safe and healthy environment where the value of each individual is celebrated.

The following websites will provide further illumination of our Catholic mission:

Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Diocese of Westminster

Catholic Social Teaching