Prior Park College is a Catholic school which warmly welcomes pupils of other Christian denominations, other religions and those of no religion.
Many parents choose the College because of its strong Christian community. Prior Park places God at the centre of the school community, taking seriously its mission to live out the school motto, Deo Duce Deo Luce (God our Guide, God our Light). The Christian spirit and principles inform all aspects of the school community.
As a Catholic school, Prior Park College:
– Embraces the uniqueness of the individual, and nurtures emotional and spiritual development
– Celebrates community and welcomes all faiths
– Fosters a culture of responsibility and a sense of service
– Empowers Leavers to make informed choices regarding faith.
College Chaplain: Fr Christopher Whitehead
The College Chaplain is resident and has a special responsibility for nurturing and sustaining the religious character of the College and for maintaining a clear focus on its life as a Christian community.
These responsibilities include the sacramental and prayer life of the College, liaising closely with the Personal Development Programme Co-ordinator, maintaining close contact with all the Housemasters and Housemistresses and House communities in order that boys, girls and staff may feel that they have direct and easy access to the Chaplain. He works closely with the Headmaster in promoting the welfare of the College as a community whose religious roots and life are of such central importance. Prior Park takes seriously the practical implications of ecumenism e.g. preparation for Catholic or Anglican Confirmation is offered.
The Chaplain facilitates regular optional retreats, where Christian prayer and reflection are nurtured. Sunday Mass is celebrated by staff and boarders, and we welcome day families who wish to join us. Optional Mass is celebrated each day. Families can enjoy their child's first Holy Communion in the Chapel. House Masses are held each term. A special Leavers’ Mass is held in June and the school year ends with Mass for all pupils, staff, parents and guests on Speech Day.
Our role is to educate the whole child, who is open to the richness of different cultures. Theology is a core subject to GCSE and all Sixth Formers follow a general Religious Education programme and pupils are regularly involved in fundraising projects in aid of local and global charities. Our extensive Personal development Programme is designed to explore important moral, social and spiritual issues.