Catholic Life

The school believes Catholic Education is driven by a spiritual understanding of the human person; we seek to promote each individual’s relationship with Almighty God and with each other. 

Sacramental and prayer life

St Anthony’s seeks to support Catholic families who wish to raise their children in the Faith. Regular school and form-time assemblies are a feature of school life usually with prayers, hymns and teacher or increasingly pupil-led reflections. 

Holy Mass is celebrated once a term and our Chaplain, Monsignor Phelim Rowland, is also the Parish Priest of St Mary’s, Holly Place. Mgr Phelim is much loved and respected by boys, staff and parents.

The school prepares boys (and girls from our sister school) to receive their First Holy Communion which is scheduled to take place around the Feast of our patron, St Anthony of Padua, in June each year.

Spiritual and moral formation

We believe there is a close connection between seeking truth with sincerity of heart and academic learning. A Catholic school integrates scholarship, community and pastoral care underpinned by the teachings of the Gospel and the Church. 

We want our boys to be exposed to and grapple with ‘ultimate questions’ and to forge an objective moral compass. Putting others first, just as St Anthony’s puts pupils first, builds perspective and resilience, which so important for boys to take their place in contemporary society.

St Anthony’s is an inclusive community with a clear understanding of our identity as a Catholic school whilst welcoming boys from other religious traditions or none. The words of Pope Benedict XVI captures perfectly our approach when he writes, Each of us is a result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary

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