Our Ethos

Each child who joins us embarks on an educational journey, directed by our mission statement, providing for each one in accordance with their needs and encouraged by our values summed up in our school motto, “Whatever you do, do it well”. Our ethos and values are to provide an individual approach that ensures we uncover a child’s full potential and nurture them to achieve, enabling them to thrive both academically and as people.

“Our hearts are centred on God, for whom alone we go forward or stay back!

Catherine McAuley

Mission Statement

As God’s family we learn to love, respect and forgive – guided by His Word.

We believe that God creates each of us as a unique person with gifts that need to be recognised, celebrated and developed. Inspired by the words of our foundress, Catherine McAuley, “To each according to their needs”, we encourage a respect for every individual, regardless of background, beliefs or ability.

Our aim is to develop a loving, caring and welcoming community in which all may grow as children of God. In partnership with parents and the wider community we seek to respond to God’s invitation to faith, mercy and love. To develop skills for life in an ever-changing world, we cherish integrity, compassion, openness, forgiveness and reconciliation, co-operation and courage.

We nurture wisdom, the value of learning, independent thinking, a sense of self-worth and care for each other that all may reach their full potential.

Aims and Values

The following Aims and Values are central to our ethos. The school fosters a happy, caring Christian atmosphere in which these aims and values may be realised:

To encourage respect for the worth of the individual and in this way to develop self-confidence.We believe that every human being is created to become a unique person with gifts that should be accepted and valued.
To enable all pupils to achieve their full potential.Our foundress Catherine McAuley said: “To each according to their needs”. We owe it to our pupils to help them recognise and achieve the best of which they are capable, to obtain the qualifications they need and to develop a sense of personal fulfilment.
To guide pupils to make informed moral choices.A sound Christian framework is important as a basis for the whole of their lives.
To develop independent thinking and a love of learning.This is the basis of life-long learning.

Find out more about pastoral care at OLA

We are very proud of our pastoral care, which receives regular praise from parents. Each child is known as an individual and OLA’s family atmosphere nurtures pupils to achieve their best in every way. You can find out below more about how we manage pastoral care in our Lower and Senior School.