St Gregory's, affectionately known as St Greg's, is a local Catholic school - both primary and secondary - which falls within the parish boundaries. The secondary school currently has an assigned priest as chaplain; but the parish priest of Greyfriars has pastoral responsibility for the primary school, and he visits it every week - usually to celebrate Mass. In addition, groups of the children are often brought to visit our church.
Many of our local parishioners send children to the school, which forms part of the thriving Oxford Catholic community.
"As a Catholic School, Chaplaincy and Religious Education is central to the life of the school. Our Catholic faith influences all the work of the school which strives to follow the gospel values of love, justice and concern for others.
Every day begins with a religious assembly or prayer in our tutor room. Mass is at the heart of our celebrations and is practiced regularly and on Holy days of obligation, through RE lessons, house system, parishes and year groups. Other forms of worship include reconciliation services, advent services, Benediction, Corpus Christi procession, stations of the cross and the rosary. Many acts of worship revolve around our Chapel which is at the centre of the school and is open for all to take the opportunity of a few minutes to reflect and pray.
Students are encouraged to join the Guild of St Stephen to become an altar server or to become a Chaplaincy representative relaying the liturgical and religious aspects of our school to the students in their form."
- Adapted from the school's website which can be found here.
St. Gregory the Great Catholic School is a school which:
1- Affirms that the educational process is a
genuine Christian journey towards perfection.
2- Is committed to promoting the dignity of life,
recognising that each person is created in the
image of God and therefore has a divine origin
and an eternal destiny.
3- Enables students to see the human person as
a living creature, having both a physical and
a spiritual nature with intelligence and will,
freedom and feelings; a being endowed with
duties and responsibilities towards others as
well as personal rights and freedoms.
4- Upholds a clear, life-enhancing vision of
Catholic moral and social teaching, centred
on prayer, worship and the Gospel, where the
importance of the family and the crucial role of
parents/carers are wholeheartedly supported.
5- Becomes a community that imbues tolerance,
respect and concern for others.
6- Provides a truly caring and supportive
environment, in which every young person
in the school community is valued and
encouraged to grow in Christ, developing to
his or her full potential.
7- Strives to achieve the highest possible
academic standards, taking into account the
ability and needs of each pupil.