Catholic schools were established to provide Catholic education for Catholic children. The schools are conducted as Catholic schools in accordance with canon law, the teachings of the Catholic Church and their Trust Deed.
A Catholic education must:
- encourage the formation and growth to maturity of the whole human person;
- enable physical, moral and intellectual talents to be developed harmoniously;
- teach all to know and live the mystery of salvation;
- assist all to work towards their eternal destiny;
- promote the common good of society;
- ensure that all develop a greater sense of responsibility and a right use of freedom; and provide formation for every person to take an active part in social life.
Each Catholic school is established in the diocese to form, in partnership with home and parish, an integral part of that local Catholic faith community which bears the mission of the Church to embrace the gospel of Christ, to live by its values, and to proclaim Christ as the light of all peoples. A key role of the school is to assist parents of baptised Catholics to fulfil the responsibilities taken on at their child’s baptism. By striving to be a Christ-centred community providing excellent education, the school will also play its part in the witness and mission of the local Church.
Admission policies in Catholic schools are a key element in preserving and developing the distinctive religious character of Catholic schools.
Catholic schools are established and maintained as part of the education system, in which the Catholic community undertakes a responsibility to provide for the education of Catholic children in schools whose philosophy, recruitment, admission of pupils, delivery of the curriculum and daily life are determined by the distinctive Catholic ethos of their faith community. As part of the diocesan community of parishes and schools, no school should act for its own perceived interests alone.
In the Diocese of Portsmouth, the Bishop expects all Catholic schools to give first priority to Catholic applicants.
It is the responsibility of Catholic schools, in co-operation with each other and other admission authorities, and with the assistance of the diocese, to ensure that the maximum number of Catholic children are able to take advantage of a Catholic education provided at a local Catholic school. Catholic schools should therefore:
- work with each other to draw up admission policies which ensure that places are provided equitably for all local Catholic communities (including Eastern Catholic Churches and ethnic chaplaincies); and
- co-ordinate their admission arrangements to maximise parental satisfaction with their choice of Catholic school.
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GUIDANCE ON INCLUDING PARISH BOUNDARIES