As a Catholic academy, our faith is central to who we are and what we do. This is reflected not just in our excellent R.E. curriculum but through all aspects of our life together as a community. Our policies are written specifically to be in line with the teaching of the Catholic Church and to reflect the Catholic Schools Pupil Profile. We model our behaviour and expectations on Jesus’ example, asking ourselves “What Would Jesus Do?”
Staff and pupils work together to prepare thoughtful, reverent Masses and assemblies, which are celebrated weekly. Parents and members of the wider community are always welcome to join us for Mass in our Chapel.
We work closely with our Parish clergy: Mgr Mark Crisp (Parish Priest), Fr Sean Gough (assistant priest and our academy chaplain), Fr Gary Mantle (assistant priest and our former chaplain). We also have close connections with Sr Lydwin (parish administrator) and Sr Rita.
We share our faith on a daily basis, and welcome families of all faiths, or none, so that all pupils will learn a deep respect and tolerance for religious beliefs. We know that when our pupils reach adulthood, they will need personal skills, and a well-developed moral compass as well as knowledge. We celebrate difference and successes and we develop high self-esteem, consideration and compassion for others and reflective, thoughtful community members. Our children develop resilience because they learn that no-one is a failure because God’s love for each one of us is unwavering and eternal.
Our Catholic values and virtues encourage mutual respect and we are fortunate to have the excellent support of Catholic families, staff and friends in the community and parish, all of whom have helped to promote our caring, apostolic work at St Michael’s.
Our Parish Church is St Michael’s, Penn, Coalway Road. WV3 7ND
As well as our Catholic values and virtues, we ensure our pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain through our Modern British Values curriculum which covers democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
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Retreat Day 11 October 2019 - During the extraordinary Month of Mission St Michael’s welcomed ‘One Life Music’ into the Academy for a whole school retreat day. titled ‘ His goodness never fails’. This was a very special day of celebration and reflection for all the children in our academy where focusing on Psalm 23 they celebrated Jesus our Shepherd and Guide, and His […] Confirmation Retreat Day 30 January 2017 - Recently, the Confirmandi of St Michael’s Catholic Primary Academy spent the day with the Confirmandi of Ss Peter and Paul’s Catholic Primary Academy and St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School. There were lots of games, and opportunities to reflect on how we can all invite the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. Sacrament of Confirmation 30 January 2017 - On Tuesday 24th January 2017, several of our Year 6 children received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Michael’s Church. This year was the first year that children from St Michael’s Academy, Ss Peter and Paul’s Academy and St Bernadette’s school were confirmed together. It was a very joyful occasion, celebrated by Bishop David McGough. […] Fr Mark’s Silver Jubilee 23 November 2016 - On Wednesday 23rd November, Fr Mark Crisp celebrated 25 years of priesthood. We are so blessed to have Fr Mark as our Parish Priest – congratulations, Fr Mark, here’s to the next 25 years! St Martin of Tours feast day 11 November 2016 - Today, Year 2 celebrated their class Patron Saint in style! Among their celebrations was a procession with handmade lanterns. Year 2 processed around the academy, singing “This Little Light of Mine” and “Share the Light of Jesus”. Well done Year 2 – you followed St Martin of Tours’ example of spreading the Good News of […] We Will Remember 11 November 2016 - Today we gathered together for a service of prayer, reflection and silence to remember and honour all those who have died in wars. Each class made a wreath or other symbolic artwork during the week, which they presented during the service. These will be displayed in the school entrance throughout November. Harvest 2016 11 November 2016 - We are very grateful for the generosity shown by pupils and families. So much food was donated this year! Our Head Boy and Head Girl helped to deliver the food to the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd who serve many people in our community who are homeless or struggling to feed their families. Did […] Alton Castle 11 November 2016 - What a wonderful time Year 6 had during their residential retreat at Alton Castle. We all enjoyed making new friends, strengthening old friendships and, most importantly, being able to focus on our very precious friendship with God. May Procession 2016 11 November 2016 - We were blessed with beautiful weather for our May procession and were joined by lots of families and friends. This year we were able to process to our new grotto, which children from across the academy had helped to plant up. Mary, Mother of God pray for us. CAFOD assembly – Lent 2015 11 November 2016 - We were delighted to welcome back Trevor Stockton back to St Michael’s to talk to us about CAFOD’s work and how our lenten fundraising would help special projects around the world. It was great to learn and pray together for all our brothers and sisters around the world.