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Catholic Ethos

We are proud of the oustanding ethos present at Salvatorian College. It is an ethos developed from our foundation as a Catholic school by the Society of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorians). Today we build on our strong foundations, holding a confident belief in the relevance and value of an education set within the context of Gospel values to contemporary society.

The school is part of the wider Catholic Church. It is a Catholic school in accordance with the Canon Law and teachings of the Catholic Church, and at all times the school serves as a witness to the Catholic faith.

A core function of the school is to assist Catholic parents in fulfilling their obligation to educate their children in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Church; to do this within an environment which will encourage and support the spiritual, physical, moral and intellectual development of the child and help him to grow towards full Christian maturity; and to provide a wide and rich range of educational, cultural and spiritual experiences which will encourage children to discover and develop their potential to its maximum and to strive for high standards of excellence in all activities.

Chaplaincy is provided by the Salvatorian Fathers. A programme of liturgical celebrations and prayer takes place each week - more information can be found on the Liturgy & Prayer page. Each year group attends Mass every three to four weeks. Pupils are carefully instructed in serving and reading at Mass, and a team of Liturgical Prefects is elected each year.

The upper school (Years 10 & 11) attend Mass at St Joseph's Church on the Holy Days of Obligation which fall during term, and on other important Feast Days. The school's Annual Carol Service is also held at St Joseph's Church towards the end of the Autumn Term.

All pupils and staff are expected to embody the attitudes and aspirations as set our in our eight values. These values are derived from the eight beatitudes (blessings) recounted by Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew:


Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.


Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.


Blessed are the merficul, for they shall obtain mercy.


Blessed are the pure in heart, for the will see God.


Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called Children of God.


Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Our Patron Saints

St Alban

Saint Alban was a Romano-British citizen of the third century in the Roman city of Verulamium (now called St Albans).  During his lifetime, Christians began to suffer persecution.   Alban met a Christian priest fleeing from the Romans and sheltered him in his house for a number of days. The priest Amphibalus prayed and kept vigil day and night, and Alban was so impressed with the priest's faith that he asked to be taught by the priest.  He converted to Christianity just before the authorities came to arrest the fugitive priest.  Alban, inspired by his new-found faith, exchanged clothes with Amphibalus, allowing him to escape. Consequently, Alban was arrested and brought before the city magistrate.   As Alban refused to pay homage to Roman gods, the magistrate ordered that Alban should receive the punishment due to the priest.  He was taken up a hillside to a site of execution where he was beheaded.  Despite escaping, Amphibalus too was later arrested and martyred at Redbourn, a few miles away.

St Edmund Campion

Saint Edmund Campion was an English priest who belonged to the ‘Society of Jesus’, more commonly known as the ‘Jesuits’. Campion was alive at a time where Roman Catholicism was banned in England. Despite the ban, he continued to be a faithful priest to his people, rejecting the validity of the Anglican Church, and conducting an underground ministry. Campion was eventually arrested by priest hunters, convicted of high treason, and hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, close to modern-day Marble Arch in London.

Because he died defending his faith, St Edmund Campion is remembered as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, having been canonised in 1970 by Pope Paul VI.

St Thomas Beckett

Saint Thomas Becket was born in around 1120, the son of a London merchant. He was well-educated and quickly became an agent to Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him on several missions to Rome.  Becket's talents were noticed by Henry II, who made him his chancellor and the two became close friends. When Theobald died in 1161, Henry made Becket archbishop. Becket transformed himself from a pleasure-loving courtier into a serious, simply-dressed priest.

The king and his archbishop's friendship was put under strain when it became clear that Becket would now stand up for the church in its disagreements with the king. In 1164, realising the extent of Henry's displeasure, Becket fled into exile in France, and remained in exile for several years. He returned in 1170.

On the 29 December 1170, four knights, believing the king wanted Becket out of the way, confronted and murdered Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

St Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis was the son of a prosperous cloth merchant born in Italy in 1181.  In his early life Francis was fortunate to live in relative luxury.  After fighting in a battle between Assisi and Perugia, Francis was captured and imprisoned for ransom. He spent nearly a year in prison—awaiting his father's payment—and, according to legend, began receiving visions from God. After his release from prison, Francis in the church of San Damiano, heard the voice of Christ, telling him to repair the Christian Church and live a life of poverty. Consequently, he abandoned his life of luxury, embracing simplicity and peace and becoming a devotee of the faith.  During his life he developed a deep love of nature and animals and is known as the patron saint of the environment and animals.  Francis founded an order and told his follows.  

‘Go, announce peace to all people; preach repentance for the remission of sins. Be patient in trials, watchful in prayer, and steadfast. Be modest in your speech, responsible in your actions, and grateful. And know that in return an eternal kingdom is being made ready for you.”

St Gabriel

In Christian tradition Gabriel the archangel is the angel of mercy mentioned by name in the bible.   Spirits who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels and so it is fitting that the archangel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary to announce the greatest of all messages; the birth of our Saviour, Lord Jesus Christ.   During many of the announcements attributed to Gabriel in religious texts, Gabriel presents a challenging message with confidence, authority, and peace, urging people to trust in God's power.  The messages that God assigns the archangel Gabriel to deliver, often extend people's faith in a significant way.  


School Prayer

This is our School -
let peace dwell here.
Let each room be full of contentment -
let love abide here;
love of one another,
love of people,
love of life itself,
and love of God –
and remember this:
just as many hands build a house,
many hearts build a school

Deo Duce