Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6)
Canon law states that parents are the first educators of their children. It follows therefore that Catholic schools are there to support the parents who promised at Baptism to bring their children up in the practice of the Catholic faith, loving God and their neighbour. Non Catholic children are welcome in our schools and in choosing a Catholic school it is equally expected that those parents have done so because they are supportive of the Catholic ethos in the school. The task of educating a child is the successful partnership of parents, schools family and community. It is not easy and in today’s world there are many challenges. As Pope Benedict said during his visit to London when he led an assembly of children from all over the country
“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints. I know that there are many non-Catholics studying in the Catholic schools in Great Britain, and I wish to include all of you in my words today. I pray that you too will feel encouraged to practise virtue and to grow in knowledge and friendship with God alongside your Catholic classmates. You are a reminder to them of the bigger picture that exists outside the school, and indeed, it is only right that respect and friendship for members of other religious traditions should be among the virtues learned in a Catholic school. I hope too that you will want to share with everyone you meet the values and insights you have learned through the Christian education you have received.”
We encourage parents to play a key part in our schools and indeed welcome grandparents and the extended family to support the wide range of learning experiences offered to children alongside developing their faith, learning to pray and continuing their sacramental preparation after Baptism.
On the following pages, we provide further information for parents relating to various aspects of education that can be confusing especially the first time they are encountered, such as admissions. If you have queries that are not answered here, please contact your child’s school or the team at the diocese if your child has not started school or you are new to the area of the Leeds diocese.