Ethos and Expectations
The school is part of the Catholic Church. It is conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with the Canon Law and teachings of the Catholic Church and the trust deed of the London Oratory Charity and, in particular, religious education is in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church, and at all times the school serves as a witness to the Catholic faith.
The school aims 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.
The school sees its primary function as that of a teaching establishment in which children are expected to learn and teachers to teach; to this end pupils are expected to behave and work properly. They are also expected to contribute fully to both the curricular and extra curricular life of the school and play a full part in the liturgical life of the school; parents are expected to support the school in achieving and maintaining high standards.
The school, its pupils and their parents should feel confident that the aims, attitudes, expectations and values of the school and the home are in harmony and that there is a covenant of obligation and respect between all three parties. Trust and responsibility are central to the relationship.
In particular, parents are expected to: ensure that their son or daughter attends school regularly, punctually and properly equipped; inform the school of any concerns or problems that might affect their son's or daughter's work or behaviour; support the school policies, rules and regulations regarding uniform, discipline and orderly behaviour; encourage their son or daughter to work hard, give of his or her best and develop his or her potential to the fullest; ensure that their son or daughter completes all homework and coursework assignments properly and hands them in on time; encourage their son or daughter to take a full part in the extra-curricular life of the school and support the extra-curricular activities of the school; attend parent-teacher meetings and any other meetings which are arranged to discuss their son's or daughter's progress.
Pupils are expected to meet the expectations under which they are admitted to the school, keep the rules and regulations, show a proper regard at all times for the high standards and reputation of the school, maintain a smart appearance and in general to behave decently and with good sense. They are expected to behave in an orderly, civilised and well-mannered way at all times, both in and out of school, showing proper courtesy and respect for others and not to behave in a way that might cause inconvenience or put at risk the health and safety of others, or cause damage to property.