Catholic Life

St. Mary's Catholic School sees Religious Education as the Core and Foundation of the entire educational process. Because of this, each child is valued for what he/she is rather than for what he/she can do and every child is given equal opportunity for development to the highest potential. Through Religious Education we communicate the beliefs and values which should inspire and unify every aspect of school life and the Curriculum. This gives St Mary's its distinctive nature as a Catholic School. To enhance the religious education that already takes place in the children’s homes and Parish, we teach the Come and See religious education programme within the framework of the Portsmouth Diocese Programme of Study. The children’s experiences are enriched through reading and reflecting upon the Old and New Testaments. We also study other World Faiths in order to develop our knowledge and to help promote tolerance and understanding of our friends and neighbours’ beliefs and practice.
Our Mission Statement is 'Growing together in knowledge, faith and love' We promote the Gospel values in all aspects of school life and in all our relationships. We talk to the children about these regularly and try to help them to understand what they mean in their lives.
Humility- seeing life as a gift 
Compassion- empathy
Kindness- gentleness
Justice- working for a fairer world
Forgiveness- reconciliation
Integrity- do what you say
Peace-committed to peacemaking, non-violence
Courage- standing up for truth
RE Curriculum 

Come and See

We follow the ‘Come and See’ Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme. Links are made with the children’s own experiences and the curriculum is adapted to make it purposeful for our children, always meeting them where they are in their spiritual experience. RE is taught in all classes and, as required by the Bishops of England and Wales, 10% of curriculum time is allocated to teaching RE. Come and See is an extensive programme which covers a range of challenging themes from EYFS up to Year 6. The topics follow the following format: • Explore • Reveal • Respond At the end of each theme, the children reflect on what they have learnt through class liturgies.

Classes also learn about events within our Liturgical Year, relevant Saints and times of particular focus 

Every year, children also spend three separate weeks learning about other faiths e.g.: Judaism, Sikhism and Islam.

First Holy Communion

St. Mary's is proud to provide the venue for the First Holy Communion programme for our parish. We are excited to see seven children from our school preparing for the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation. 

Dear Lord,

Walk with us as parents on our journey of faith with our children.

Be with our children as they prepare in this year to encounter you more deeply in the celebration of the Eucharist.

For the bread that gives everlasting life so that we can love God with all our strength


For the wine that gives everlasting joy and strength to serve our brothers and sisters


For offering us your body and blood


For the Eucharist that proclaims your glory


For you, Christ Jesus, who are always with us