Our Catholic Ethos
Our mission is to be a Catholic College where every individual is highly valued and where care and concern for others are central to our work. All our pupils are expected to achieve their potential and become equipped for adult life able to make a full contribution to society.
At SJP everything we do is guided by Gospel values of love, forgiveness, reconciliation justice, faith, integrity, humility, service, peace, hope and
prayer. The College Mission Statement is on display in every room and guides us in everything we say and do at St John Plessington Catholic College. Each day begins with prayer and there is a Collective Act of Worship each day that takes place during the Academic Review time or in a formal assembly which is led by a Senior Member of Staff.
The fruits of our faith can be evidenced in a range of provision and activities. We have a full-time Chaplain, Rev. Gerard Boyle, who gives important direction to the spiritual life of the College as well as supporting the work of the Pastoral Teams. We have our own Chapel space and Chaplaincy Meeting Room as well as a beautiful Peace Garden. This in effect is an extension of our Chapel facility and its purpose is two-fold. Firstly, it is an outdoor classroom space where staff are able to take a whole class to enrich the teaching experience. Secondly, it allows staff and pupils alike a place of quiet at lunchtime to sit in the various corners of the garden in a wonderful setting. The garden also enables liturgies to take place in good weather.
Through our Chaplaincy provision, we offer the opportunity for pupils in each year group to experience a retreat, using the Pantaseph Friary (North Wales), Savio House (Cheshire), Castlerigg Manor (Lake District) and St. Cassian’s Kintbury (Berkshire) as opportunities to pray, reflect and build community together. We engage in fundraising events for a variety of charities throughout the year. We have our own SVP group supporting the poor and needy in our local community and have extensive links with our local parishes and clergy. Each Advent we celebrate a traditional and much acclaimed Carol Service – a sign of our commitment and desire to ensure that our faith is celebrated for all to see.