Our Catholic distinctiveness, values and ethos

Mission Statement

Inspired by Venerable Catherine McAuley, and at the heart of our mission as a Catholic school, we are committed to “…be as shining lights, giving light to all around us.”

St Anthony’s is a Catholic school where we seek to follow the mission of Christ to ‘go and make disciples of all nations.’  Our Mercy ethos permeates every element of our school community, and we continue to be inspired and take pride in our history and Mercy traditions.  As a school we aim to be:

  • Christ-centred
  • Faith enlightened
  • Build communities
  • Show concern for the poor, especially women and girls
  • Pursue excellence


The Mercy academy recognises the dignity of the human person and the command of Christ to love and care for each other. We aim to build up self-esteem among individuals and create a community marked by caring and belonging that leads to personalised learning.

Faith enlightened

In the Mercy academy faith, culture, and life are in dialogue and harmony.  The Catholic faith is at the heart of academy life and is integral to its liturgies, rituals, symbolism and prayer spaces.

Build communities

The Mercy academy shows social responsibility for the world we inhabit.  It should work towards creating a world where everyone can live lives of dignity and decency with respect for life.  The academy is a community where parents, staff and pupils share a common vision as a community of warmth and love.

Show concern for the poor, especially women and girls

The Mercy academy sets as its clear aim to work towards eradicating suffering and its causes. It seeks to create compassion as the driving force in the search for justice for those at the margins of the community.  Students should be educated to question the status quo and to be active for social change and the promotion of equal opportunities.

Pursue excellence

The Mercy academy enables every pupil to achieve her potential.  It is committed to high quality teaching and learning and to building a community of reflective learners working to the highest standards. Respect is at the heart of the academy community. There is a commitment to inventiveness and change.

St. Anthony’s is a place where all children can nurture their own distinct faith journey and be prepared for life outside of school, where they may continue to grow in the light of Christ’s teachings and the Mercy Tradition.