As a Catholic Primary School we work hard to develop and sustain the school’s Catholic distinctiveness. We are situated in the West of Hull, catering for children in our local area and from the West Hull parishes of St Joseph's, Corpus Christi and St Wilfred's. We are also the Parish school for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Hessle. We work in close partnership with our parish priests, as well as other schools in the Diocese of Middlesbrough: As a family we work tirelessly in order to nurture the school’s Catholic ethos and ensure faith is manifested through every aspect of school life.
We have daily collective worship in classrooms. Whole-School collective worship takes place in the school Hall. Child led Liturgies also take place each week so that children have the opportunity to gather with children of a similar age. Different prayer stimuli is used like art, music and literature. The Friday Whole School gathering is celebration of achievement from the previous week. Devotion to Our Lady is important to our community. Rosary is prayed in October and May.
Religious Education is the core subject at St Thomas More and is timetabled weekly and 10% of teaching time is dedicated to R.E. As a Catholic School, Christianity forms the major study in Religious Education lessons but other World faiths are also taught across the year. We follow the “Come and See” Syllabus for RE, however, faith and spirituality is explored throughout the curriculum.
We also have a duty to foster an accurate and increasing understanding of religions and world views. As a result, pupils will gain greater insight into the world in which they are growing up. They will also be able to appreciate the faith of others and develop a deeper understanding of their own beliefs and practices. These outcomes contribute to harmonious relationships within and between communities, promoting social inclusion and overcoming prejudice.
Each classroom has a prayer space or ‘Sacred Space’ to enable children to explore faith and spirituality in a safe, creative and interactive way. We also have a whole school ‘Sacred Space’. Prayer is an integral part of the school day where all children are invited to participate in their own personal way. When possible, parents and carers are invited to join the children in prayer and acts of worship. “Stay and Pray” sessions are enjoyed across the school as well as classes taking it turns to join the parish in worship at Mass.
We have a house system in school where every child is affiliated to. Each house has a dedicated northern saint: St Aidan, St Oswald, St Hilda and St Cuthbert. The living example of these saints form the focus and ethos of each house, particularly in their service and self-giving to others as the houses are connected to local and global charities.
We believe that the Catholic Education that we offer at St Thomas More develops the potential of each child. We share responsibility, along with parents and our parish community, for the education of our children and young people.