The Catholic Life of the School

The Catholic Life of St Anne’s is at the heart of everything within school.  We strive through our mission statement  to:

“Lead our children to be like Jesus ……..wise, caring, honest and fair, today and everyday.”

We aim to achieve this by:

  1. Recognising the needs and talents of our children in our teaching;
  2. Ensuring our appreciation of all the staff;
  3. Celebrating our thanksgiving through Mass, assembly, work and play;
  4. Welcoming and valuing all people and respecting all property;
  5. Looking to the needs of those both near and far;
  6. Using our time and efforts well;

We believe that these aspirations are reflected in the manner in which we welcome, support, share and forgive others, linking us to the Gospel values we hold dear.

Jesus said, ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ (John 13:34-35).

We are called by God to be people of charity.  Each year, we support a variety of charities such as CAFOD, the British Legion and  Nightstop (a local charity that provides assistance for homeless people and those experiencing housing-related issues). We strive to teach our children the importance of sharing with others and spreading God’s love as laid out in the scriptures:

“Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. 

Give clothes to those who need them “(Isaiah 58:7) 

As by “doing good and sharing what we have… we please God.”

(adapted from Hebrews 13:15-16)

Our Mission Statement

Catholic Life in School

Bishop Patrick Mckinney

Bishop of Nottingham

The Right Reverend Patrick Joseph McKinney is the Bishop of Nottingham.

Born on 30 April 1954, Bishop McKinney was brought up in Birmingham and was ordained to the priesthood on 29 July 1978 in St Mary’s Church, Buncrana, Co Donegal, Ireland.

Between 1982 and 1984, he was studied for a Licence in Sacred Theology in the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Returning to the Archdiocese of Birmingham, he taught fundamental theology in St Mary’s College, Oscott until 1989, when he was appointed Rector, a post he held for nine years, during which period he was also a lecturer in ecclesiology, the theology of the Church.

Mgr McKinney went on to serve as parish priest of a number of parishes in the Archdiocese and as an Episcopal Vicar for Staffordshire for a number of years. He was made a Prelate of Honour in 1990 and a member of the Metropolitan Chapter of St Chad in 1992, and served for a time as Chair of the Birmingham Archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission.

Mgr McKinney was appointed tenth Bishop of Nottingham by Pope Francis on 14 May 2015, and was ordained to the episcopate by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham on Friday 3 July 2015.


For more, please visit the Diocese of Nottingham‘s website.

House Saints 

At St Annes all children are split into four houses across the different year groups. This is part of the rewards scheme, children are given house points for amazing work or behaviour.

The children are split into houses which have been named after saints. We have chosen the four Gospel writers. St Matthew, St Mark, St Luke and St John.

Reception Class St Josephine Bakhita

Year 1 St John Bosco

Year 2 St Teresa of Calcuta

Year 3 St Pope John Paul II

Year 4 St Joan of Arc

Year 5 St Francis of Assisi

Year 6 St Oscar Romero


As a school we are very happy to use the resources from The Mark Ten Mission to support the faith journey of our children.

This website provides weekly reflection videos on the Sunday Gospel and special feast days of the Church. Please use this link to help support your child at home.

On the St Ralph Sherwin Feast Day, 1st December 2023, we took the opportunity to look more closely at our school mission statement at what it means to be a St Annes Pupil.

Early Years and Key Stage 1 looked at how we can be more Caring. Year 3 and Year 4 looked at how we can be more Fair. Year 5 looked at how we can be more Honest. Year 6 looked how we can be Wise. During these session we created a jigsaw linking all of our values and virtues together.

How can we be more Caring?

In Early Years and KS1 we looked at how we can be more caring. We came up with ideas such as:

  • Giving people hugs
  • Looking after each other
  • Loving our family and friends
  • Help our friends when they need help
  • Help our friends when they hurt themselves
  • Look after our teachers

How can we be more Fair?

In Year 3 and 4 we looked at how we can be more fair in school, at home and in our communities. We came up with ideas such as:

  • Sharing our toys
  • Allowing everyone to have a chance
  • Making sure everyone is treated the same
  • Sharing your love with everyone you meet

How can we be more Honest?

In Year 5 we looked at how we can be more honest in school, at home and everywhere we go. We came up with ideas such as:

  • Always telling the truth
  • Honesty is the best policy
  • Follow Jesus’ example and always tell the truth because Jesus was always Honest
  • Keep our promises

How can we more Wise?

In Year 6 we looked at how we can be more Wise at school, home and in our whole lives. We came up with ideas such as:

  • Think carefully when making big decisions
  • Think about how other people feel when making decisions
  • Listen to all views before making decisions

The four elements of our School Mission Statement give us four key virtues and values to live by every day. If we follow these virtues and values we will become more like Jesus.

Wider Life of the Church

For information about the Synod of 2021-2024 please see the Diocesan website link