"For our citizenship is in heaven" (Philippians 3:20)

Saint Michael’s School is dedicated to helping parents educate their children in the Catholic Faith. 

Traditions of the Church

Saint Michael’s School seeks nothing other than what the Church has always sought and achieved in the education of young Catholics. We share the Church’s desire to spread the Kingdom of God on earth.  

Elements of a Catholic Education

According to the Catholic Church, the object of a school and of education is the formation of the perfect Christian. This means a balanced formation that has the perfection of the child in all spheres – spiritual, intellectual, moral, social and physical – as its goals. Since man is a creature of God in all these realities, every aspect must be subject to the motherly guidance of His Church. As Catholics, seek the reign of Christ in all aspects of our lives.

Spiritual Formation

Our school finds in the traditional liturgy of the Church the privileged source of supernatural life and of solid piety. For this reason, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered in the Tridentine Rite. Pupils have access to the sacrament of Penance.  In addition, other devotions such as the Rosary and Benediction will prove conducive to fostering a greater love of God in the heart of the pupil.  All pupils receive instruction in the Catholic Faith as part of the curriculum. Children are prepared for the reception of the Sacraments, the boys are taught to serve Mass, and all pupils are taught to sing the hymns and recite the prayers of the Mass. 

Academic Formation

Our curriculum prepares pupils for GCSE and A level examinations. We place emphasis on English language, phonics, reading and handwriting, the sciences and religious education. Lessons in history, music, art, latin and PE complement the curriculum.

Moral Formation

Education is about the acquisition of knowledge and the development of critical thinking. But this is not all. Education also consists in the apprenticeship of virtue. Through the school’s curriculum, the example of teachers and fellow pupils and the Sacraments of the Church, the child learns both the practice of virtue and that his Catholic Faith is an integral part of everyday life. Self-control, good manners and disciplined behaviour are instilled with a view to developing the child’s character and sense of moral responsibility. As a small school, we are able to create a family atmosphere in which the children are cared for in a friendly yet disciplined setting. 

Liturgy

Our school finds in the traditional liturgy of the Church the privileged source of supernatural life and of solid piety. For this reason, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered daily in the Tridentine Rite. The Rosary is prayed each evening. Pupils have a regularly scheduled time for the Sacrament of Penance, but are encouraged to come to a priest at any time if they wish to go to Confession. In addition, other devotions such as Sunday Vespers and Benediction are conducive to fostering a greater love of God in the heart of the pupil.


Schoolwork


Religious Education is the most important subject because it teaches the ultimate end of all our endeavours and the means to attain that end. All subjects are taught in harmony with the faith, for it is impossible for faith and reason to be at variance with each other.

Sports

Sports are a necessary part of education. We are proud to have one of old boys, Charlie Flynn, win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 (it was the scapular that did it).

St. Michael's Cadet Force (SMCF)

The SMCF was founded in 2007 by Rev. Fr. Gary Holden and counts all the senior boys as members. It is an excellent means of bringing the intellectual, moral, social and physical elements of a rounded education together.

Drama

Dramatic productions are the apogee of literary, artistic and cultural effort on the part of both staff and pupils.