Tuesday 13 July 2021

Catholic Boys Boarding School seeks adventurers

St Peter's Catholic School is looking for boys to join in September with a thirst for life, for learning and for the Faith. To set out on the next part of the adventure of growing up in an environment that will both challenge and support you; large enough to be exciting, small enough to always be among friends.

First and foremost, Saint Peter’s exists as a place to encounter the Living God, who in Jesus Christ, reveals His transforming love and truth. We seek to provide an education centred on Christ, the same Christ Andrew announced to his brother: “We have found the Messiah”. Just as Saint Peter’s life was given radical purpose and direction by his subsequent encounter with Christ, so we labour to allow such an encounter for the pupils in our care: forming their characters in virtue as they deepen their faith and grow in their love of learning, of God, and of neighbour.

True education is directed towards the formation of the human person in view of their final end and the good of that society to which they belong and in the duties of which they will, as an adult, have to share … they should be helped to develop harmoniously their physical, moral and intellectual qualities.                                                       Gravissimum Educationis

The Church views our final end as that which primarily should determine and shape all education, and therefore we place at the heart of our ethos a formation that uncompromisingly considers the ultimate purpose and destiny of each pupil’s life. The formation received within daily College life allows them to discern prudence, to practice temperance, to seek justice and to grow in Faith. 

To achieve this noble end, the character of Saint Peter’s is defined by its:

As a small fraternity, we live together facing all the joys and challenges that exist in any family. Leading by example, our older pupils naturally mentor, support and encourage the younger ones to create a happy and safe environment in which they can grow in faith, live and learn.  

The rhythm of each day is defined by the liturgy, we do not simply pay lip service to a "Catholic ethos".  The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, enriched by Gregorian chant, is the source and summit of our life. Within the timetable we provide opportunities for private prayer, daily Rosary devotions, confession, adoration and benediction. 

Recognising the need for formal accreditation, whilst being acutely aware of the inadequacies of a curriculum constrained by public exams, Saint Peter’s has developed a hybrid approach of a classical curriculum in the Lower School with a provision for publicly examined subjects in the Upper School and Sixth Form. 

Saint Peter’s is an international school, and whilst the principal language is English we are by no means restricted to British culture. We have over 10 nationalities represented in the College and celebrate our ‘universality’ in our day to day life. 

We live in an idyllic environment to promote excellent learning. In the midst of wonderful French countryside, we chose Saint Pierre de Maillé for its inspiring tranquility in a world of noise. The numerous hiking trails, world heritage sites, areas of outstanding natural beauty, as well as the magnificent river Gartempe, compliment the historical and religious significance of our small town.    

As each of our pupils is made in the image and likeness of God, and called to eternal communion with Him, at Saint Peter’s we make the development of a knowledge and love of God, the way that leads to Him, and the development of gifts and talents in the service of His kingdom, our guiding priorities.

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