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Catholic Life

Cardinal Pole Catholic School welcomes all families who support our values. Our school is rooted in Catholic values which permeate all aspects of work and relationships.

Our Chapel is at the heart of the school, placing Christ at the centre of everything that we do. This encourages discipleship amongst our students which helps to inspire them to live out our school principles of accountability, compassion, equality, integrity, high expectations and respect.

We organise religious pilgrimages and retreats for each class every year, giving students and staff the opportunity to reflect on the wider themes of life.  We have weekly liturgical assemblies where prayer and worship takes place. Mass is regularly celebrated by our local Catholic clergy, who are often in school supporting our school ethos, there is also the opportunity for daily Morning Prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation. The School also has a number of clubs which support our Catholic Ethos, these include:

Bible Study, Altar Serving Club, Liturgical Representatives and an established Sixth Form CAFOD Leadership Group.

Cardinal Pole Catholic School works with a number of Charities such as, CAFOD, St Joseph’s Hospice, The Catholic Children’s Society, The Passage, Caritas, Hackney Foodbank and Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), with regular fundraising events, workshops and talks throughout the school year.

The school is split into 5 communities in honour of a saint, these are: St Teresa of Calcutta, St Josephine of Bakhita, St Thomas More, St Francis of Assisi and Saint John Henry Newman. There is always opportunity to celebrate these special feast days with Liturgies, Mass and Prayer.

Tutor Groups are also named after some of the 40 English Martyrs:

St Edmund Arrowsmith, St Edmund Campion, St Margaret Clitherow, St Anne Line, St Thomas More, St Robert Southwell and St Margaret Ward. Students are given time to reflect and learn about each of the Saints throughout the year.  

‘Worship, reflection and prayer are clearly central to the life of the school and underpin the ethos and vision of this community of learners’. Diocese of Westminster Inspection, October 2016.