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Collective Worship

Collective worship ensures ‘Christ is at the centre of our school community’. Prayer and reading the bible is what makes Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School distinctive from other schools.

Our aim is for all our students to have a genuine spiritual encounter every single day. 

‘Where two or more of you are gathered in my name, there I am also’
Matthew 18:20

House Saints and School Prayers

Each year group has a House Saint. This is a role model of someone who gave their life in service to the most vulnerable and to fighting for social justice. Catholics do not pray to saints but believe they can help by praying for us in heaven.

Year group




St Joseph

Families, workers, fathers, expectant mothers, immigrants.


St Monica of Hippo

Alcoholics, victims of abuse and adultery, widows and mothers facing family difficulties.


St Bridget of Ireland

Midwives, newborns, fugitives, scholars, sailors.


St Catherine of Sienna

Europe, journalists, media, nursing.


St Augustine of Hippo

Sore eyes, brewers, printers and theologians

School Prayer

Eternal God, bless our school, that it may be a lively centre for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth.

Blessed Mother Mary, help us to be faithful to our founder’s motto, to be just and firm of purpose so that we may be citizens and saints of the 21st century in the manner that is pleasing to him who is God and Lord of us all. 


Ilsley S.P.I.R.I.T. Prayer

May God grant me …

The grace and peace I need to SELF-REGULATE when I feel anxious, worried, angry or upset.

The PERSEVERANCE to complete YOUR work when I face challenges or feel like giving up.

The INTEGRITY to stand up for what is right.

The RESILIENCE and fortitude to get up when I fall down.

The INDUSTRIOUSNESS to work creatively to solve problems.

And the humility to know I am part of a TEAM. 


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