Catholic Life at Painsley Catholic Academy
As a family of schools within the Archdiocesan family, we live by the Gospel values in a spirit of true collaboration. We learn from and with each other in a shared commitment to providing the highest quality and standards of Catholic formation and education. Each school is supported and is an active contributor within the multi academy family while retaining its own ethos and identity to meet the needs of the broad diversity of children and communities served, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
There are over two thousand Catholic schools in England and almost ninety Catholic schools in Wales. The Catholic Church is the largest provider of secondary education and the second largest provider of primary education in the country.
Pupils at Catholic schools are educated in a culture of inclusion, tolerance and mutual respect, providing pupils with a collection of values that enable them to play a full part in British society in service of the common good.
Catholic schools serve more diverse and disadvantaged communities reflecting the multicultural nature of Catholics in England, many of whom come from the new and old migrant communities. Almost 19% of pupils at Catholic primary schools live in the most deprived areas compared with 13.5% nationally. 16.5% of pupils at Catholic secondary schools live in the most deprived areas compared with 11.3% nationally.
On average, Catholic schools have catchment areas ten times larger than community schools. This means their pupil population sometimes does not directly mirror the local community immediately surrounding the school. A larger catchment area increases social mixing and children from different communities and areas are brought together. 40% of pupils in Catholic primary schools are from ethnic minority backgrounds compared with 32% nationally.*
(*statistics from Catholic Education Service)