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Our Ethos

St. Mary’s is a school of the Catholic Church within the Archdiocese of Cardiff.

The work of our school forms a part of the mission of the Church, which is clearly explained in Christ at the Centre (Why the Church Provides Catholic Schools):

Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth and the life”. 5 Those who profess this faith believe that in Christ the truth about Almighty God and the truth about the human person is revealed.6 The unfolding of this truth constitutes the Church’s teaching. The acceptance of this truth brings true freedom and the fullness of life. Proclaiming this truth, this Gospel (Good News), by making Christ known to all peoples, constitutes the mission of the Church  (P7).

We have created a Pupil Profile which has enabled us to put this mission into words as far as is possible.  This has been adapted from the Jesuit Pupil Profile (full details can be found in this link).  We aim to develop and foster a range of virtues in the day-to-day life of the school so that we all grow to become: 

Grateful and Generous,                                       Eloquent and Truthful,

Attentive and Discerning,                                   Learned and Wise,

Compassionate and Loving,                              Curious and Active,

Faith Filled and Hopeful,                                    Intentional and Prophetic.


In practice, we aim to achieve this by:

  • Valuing each child as a precious creation of God,
  • Providing an excellent level of collective worship for all pupils,
  • Doing all we can to develop pupils’ well-being and spirituality,
  • Expecting all staff to provide excellent models of Catholic life for pupils and by
  • Always working towards excellence in practice.