As a Catholic School, Religious Education is central to everything that we do. Our Catholic faith influences all aspects of school life which strives to follow the Gospel values of love, justice, forgiveness and concern for others.
We work with parents to educate children in the Christian way of life and to create a community of faith in which worship within the Roman Catholic tradition is appropriate, possible and wholly acceptable. As part of the Catholic education offered at St Gregory’s, pupils develop:
Religious Education Curriculum
Our Religious Education programme follows Margaret Carswell resource series, In God’s Name. RE is planned and taught separately from the rest of the curriculum. Cross curricular links are made as appropriate and build on the children's existing experience in the home, parish and wider community.
In God’s Name follows the liturgical life of the Church and content is sequenced in a 3 year cycle in accordance with the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Within the year, the scheme follows the liturgical calendar, beginning with Advent and moving through Lent and Easter and the life of the early Church at Pentecost.
Religious Education is in essence a faith education but we acknowledge the content of the Local Authority's agreed syllabus on religious education and incorporate knowledge of world faiths in our programme to provide pupils with the opportunity to engage with other world religions including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism.
Classroom Religious Education has its own content, methodology, assessment and culture. It is accorded the same status and taught with the same rigor as the core subjects of the National Curriculum. It is taught, developed and resourced with the same commitment as any other subject and requires 10% of allocated teaching time at each stage of education.
Catholic Life of the School
Catholicity is at the centre of our school’s identity. Our Religious Education curriculum is complemented by the Catholic life of the School and all our endeavours are Christ-centred.
Our Patron Saint is St Gregory, patron saint of teachers, students and musicians. St Gregory lived c. 540 in Rome. He is known for the emphasis he put on missionary work and service to the poor, and for his contribution to a style of singing known as the Gregorian Chant. His feast day is celebrated on September 3rd.
St Gregory’s School is within the Westminster Diocese, and forms part of the parish of St Benedict’s. The school has a long history of celebrating mass on Friday, each week at Ealing Abbey, alongside our fellow parishioners. Regular liturgies are celebrated in school and pupils have regular the opportunities to participate in the sacraments, including Reconciliation during Advent and Lent.
Our school’s values are communicated and celebrated through our school song, our motto and our prayer. Our sports houses are named after St Ann, St Bernadette, St John Bosco and St Joseph. At the end of year 6, teachers nominate a pupil to receive the Abbott’s prize, a prestigious award that recognises a significant contribution to the school.
We are committed to social justice and support a range of local charities, including Catholic Children’s Society, CAFOD, Emmaus House and others. Our choir makes visits to local residential houses including Chestnut Lodge and St David’s.