Ethos & Values

Ethos & Values

“Big enough to matter - small enough to care”


Choosing a secondary school for your son to attend for the next 7 years can be a very daunting task. All the concerns and worries over friendship groups changing, how to get to a new school, changing teachers, usually far bigger establishments, expectations of work at home and school and mixing with bigger pupils can all deter from what should be a very exciting and rewarding next step in becoming an adult.

St Boniface’s College is not a big secondary school and we pride ourselves on having a family feel. We fully appreciate that in society, as has always been the case, examination results in whatever guise they occur are very important but there should be more to spending seven years of a lifetime than simply a few bits of paper at the end. Every school should say that they are striving for academic excellence but St Boniface’s expects to go further. We are fortunate enough to have a faith that can give our lives a deeper purpose – all are encouraged to share and be proud of this aspect. This does not mean that only Catholic pupils will succeed at St Boniface’s, all are welcome in our family and diversity helps us to grow. Yes we stand up for what we believe in but we do not force others to follow, our mission is to help guide and encourage the young people who we are fortunate enough to come in contact with, along their own route but with a strong moral purpose based on Catholic teachings. We all hope that this will lead them to have a faith similar to our own but do understand if, once informed, they feel that they are not yet ready. Life is a journey not a race.

Owing partly to our size we are able to treat students as individuals, get to know them and their families well and support them through both good and challenging times. It is hard enough growing up in the twenty first century as it is, stability and standards both at home and at school act as a foundation for personal growth. New glossy buildings and expensive gadgets can be attractive but do they make for a better education or do people and relationships count? I am afraid I cannot answer that one for you as we are all different, unique.

So big enough to ensure we all strive for academic excellence yet small enough to know that each and every person is unique and made in the image of God!

Mr Frank Ashcroft
Head Teacher

The College takes its meaning from the gospels of Jesus Christ. The education it provides should affect the students for the rest of their lives. It provides each of them with a way of living that is based upon the gospel values of God and of our brothers and sisters, especially the poor and powerless.

The College seeks to instil an appreciation of the merits of an ordered community, to create ideal conditions in which learning may flourish, and to nurture the holistic development of mind and body. St. Boniface’s Catholic College provides a uniquely Catholic Christian-based education for children, of any faith, residing in the Plymouth area and beyond.
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