Chaplaincy

Our Chaplain is Father Ned Wall and our Lay Chaplain is Mrs S Perkins.

Chaplaincy in at Loreto Altrincham works within the “Vision, Values and Philosophy” statement of Loreto Education in England. Its role is defined in this document as: “helping students to strengthen their relationship with God through prayer, liturgy and action and (in) helping them reflect on their hopes and fears, dreams and gifts”.

Within our chaplaincy there is a special emphasis on the Ignatian spirituality in which Mary Ward was steeped. Consequently, our approach to students and staff is rooted in a belief that God can be found in all things and that our own experience of day-to-day living is where God speaks to us.

Our chaplains share the profound hope and desire that all will experience that “free and open access to God” of which Mary Ward spoke. Critical to this hope is the willingness to allow each person to be their true self and to recognise that “the spontaneous Spirit of the God of surprises is equally at home in the awkward, the wayward, the different, in those who march through the classrooms of their education tuned in to a different ipod” (Daniel O Leary)

Our chaplains nurture the gift of discernment in both themselves and those to whom they minister. They are tuned in to everyday reality and aware of what touches students and staff, knowing that every human experience opens the door to God. They embrace the richness of those of other faiths and none and share with them what we value and hold dear. They are attentive listeners and holders of courageous conversations that challenge and deepen understanding of what lies below the surface of our lives.  They are dream keepers.

Conscious that Mary Ward, though often critical of aspects of the Church, always remained its loyal servant, our chaplains are committed to helping all come to a deeper understanding of the Church that Christ founded and to find their place within it.

At the heart of the work of chaplaincy is care for the person.  Our starting point is the belief that all our students and staff are created in the image and likeness of God and all are offered the fullness of life. Our chaplains serve the needs of all students and all staff and provide a setting where all are welcome and where lives and experiences can be shared in safe and affirming surroundings.

Mrs Perkins our Lay Chaplain’s role is wide ranging and centred in light of the principles and ethos described above, which are central to her function. She is involved in the telling of Mary Ward’s story and in deepening staff and students’ understanding of the relevance of our core values to the day to day life of our school, leading and supporting preparation for liturgical events such as our Year 7 Welcome mass, year 13 Leavers’ Mass, weekly Mass or Word and Communion services, termly whole school masses, Advent and Lent services.  She provides opportunities for one-to-one and small group spiritual development, prayer and reflection and responds to major events in the life of the school and our students and staff.  She has close links with the Senior Leadership Team, pastoral tutors, RE department and JPIC activities.  Years 7 – 11 experience an annual retreat including the opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation.  Eucharistic ministers’ training is offered to confirmed girls from year 10 upwards and staff.  Links are made between school, feeder primary schools and parishes.


A message from Mrs Perkins

My role as Chaplain is one of accompaniment with the girls and staff in our Loreto community in keeping with Mary Ward’s far sighted vision for women in the world, challenging our girls to be become confident and strong women in a supportive and holistic way.  I walk alongside girls and staff wherever they may be on their faith and life journey, giving witness to truths and values embedded in our Mission Statement and inviting them to deepen their relationship with God. Our prayer underpins each day, with time given for reflection and faith development, especially during Advent and Lent. My pastoral role enables me to support girls and staff with following qualities: 

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Summer School 2021

Loreto was delighted to provide an optional Summer School funded by the Department for Education to support pupils in making up for education missed during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was a welcome opportunity to offer all new year 7 students an insight into the Loreto Community and also additional support for some of our Year 10 students to recover lost curriculum and prepare for year 11. Year 7 Summer School A choice of 2 different weeks were offered to all incoming Year 6 students (our new Year 7) and this flexibility, together with the overwhelming support from parents and carers, ensured a take up of more than 87% of the year group. With the help of staff and sixth form students the aim of the weeks was to support the transition from primary school to secondary school. We gave the new students an opportunity to experience the school environment and ethos without the daunting aspect of many other students. The students were split into groups, to facilitate greater social interaction and allow new friendships to be formed.  In a very short space of time, we saw their confidence grow along with their awareness of the Loreto community.   The students were fortunate to be able to experience many different aspects of a secondary school curriculum. Over the course of the Summer School two weeks, pupils were able to engage in a mixture of academic and enrichment activities in Science, Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Music workshops, Creative Arts, Languages and even an indoor planetarium. The students also grew their talents and explored the arts and this will lead to their Arts Award qualification during 2021/22. An enlightening experience for the whole Loreto community – both staff and pupils alike.    The students also had the invaluable opportunity to meet new peers and get to know each other in their new setting, particularly during their free time at break and lunch. The students also had tours of the school to prepare them ahead of the start of the academic year, guided by a sixth former perspective.   Feedback from students and parents\carers   “I just wanted to drop you a note to say Thank You for hosting a wonderful summer school last week. My daughter had an awesome week meeting new friends, exploring the school and of course learning lots!  It really was a fabulous week and now she is excited and ready for September.  Please pass on our thanks to the teachers, sixth-formers and all the staff.”  “I'd also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the staff involved in putting on this week. It has been great for the girls to get the chance to feel a bit more comfortable in their new surroundings and start making new friends. After a long and testing academic year it really is very generous of so many people to volunteer their time. “  Year 10 Summer School The Year 10 summer school in English offered provision for students to benefit from additional support in both English Language and English Literature. This included some revision of key skills including language analysis and reading strategies and introductory work on a set text in English Literature. It enabled some diagnosis of student's needs in order to inform an ongoing programme of support throughout year 11. Summer School Funding Funds Claimed from the Department for Education (695 student days of summer school) £39,485 NB Loreto delivered the summer school at 5% less than the DfE allocation of £299 per student per week with an actual average cost of £285 Costs:- Staffing – including all oncosts for 36 external and internal teaching and support staff (11 days of summer school delivered) £18,506 Daily refreshments and lunch for all attendees £3,740 Special activities – hire of planetarium £590 Educational resources for all subjects taught (including full moderation and certification of the Arts Award) £7,027 Educational resources – including allowable investment in technology and equipment (demonstrating good value for money as this will be used subsequently for the long term benefit of the pupils) £7,649 Other – site costs and cleaning £1,973 Total Cost £39,485  Read More
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