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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Our Values and Virtues

 “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

Jesus’ words in John’s Gospel express the aim of human life as ‘human flourishing’. At our school, we are seeking to form and develop every persons’ character so we can all flourish. Alongside developing student’s knowledge and intellectual abilities, we believe it is important to develop their whole person, including growing their understanding of right and wrong, cultivating their confidence to succeed and creating active members of our society.


Values are the ideals of behaviour that we strive to show in our lives. In our school community, we have three values that underpin our school community. These are faith, hope and love.

  • Faith: A person of faith believes in God and all that God has done. But faith is not simply a belief that something is true, it is a way of living. We are called not only to keep the faith but to live a faithful life filled with hope and love.
  • Hope: You know that when life gets hard you don’t give up but carry on hoping that things will get better. You dream of a better world or something better that will come in the future. You live for something greater than yourself. Your hope drives out selfishness and boredom and encourages you to engage with your community and do good works.
  • Love: You accept someone as they are, you care for them, and care what happens to them and you want to share your life with them. You always think about another person rather than thinking about yourself. When you love you put into practice the “golden rule”, to treat others with the respect and kindness that you want for yourself.


A virtue is a good value lived. When we engage in virtues we work towards developing the whole person. Our school reward scheme has been developed to enable you to develop and reach your full potential in these areas:

  • Intellectual: character traits needed for increasing our knowledge and understanding. Examples include: autonomy, critical thinking, curiosity, reasoning, reflection and resourcefulness
  • Moral: character traits that enable us to act well in situations which require us to know right from wrong.

Examples include compassion, courage, gratitude, honesty, humility, integrity, justice and respect.

  • Civic: character traits that are needed to be a responsible person in our world and make an active contribution to society.

Examples include citizenship, civility, community awareness, neighbourliness, service and volunteering.

  • Performance: character traits that help us to improve the other three areas.

Examples include: confidence, determination, motivation, perseverance, resilience and team work.