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Pupils show strong spiritual development, enhanced by the charism of the College and its emphasis on courtesy, courage and compassion, which are reflected in the pupils' high levels of tolerance and maturity. ISI Report, January 2015

St Columba’s College is proud to be a Catholic school in the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Our primary goal is the religious and moral education of young people, along with the pursuit of academic excellence. Our programme of religious and moral formation is both inclusive and specific. It is inclusive insofar as we welcome all boys and staff at the College, of all faiths and none. We aim to provide a warm and loving environment in which each individual can discover God’s plan for his life, given the particular circumstances of his own life and upbringing. We encourage open discussion and open-mindedness; we encourage community prayer accessible to all, and a shared sense of moral values. We aim to inculcate these values through an education in the virtues, delivered through Religious Education classes, the pastoral programme and through assemblies and service opportunities open to all.

At the same time, our religious and moral education is specific: firmly rooted in the ethos of the Brothers, and faithful to our call to be an institute of Catholic faith. We provide termly whole school Masses, as well as year group and House Masses for special occasions. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on a regular basis for any boy who wants it, and we aim to foster a culture of prayer throughout the cycle of College life.

The religious and liturgical needs of the College are met by a ministry team composed of staff and students, who plan Masses, retreats and liturgical events. The College is proud of its Altar Servers Guild, its association with the Diocese of Westminster, and its partnership with CAFOD and other aid and charitable agencies. Visiting priests from neighbouring parishes are frequent visitors to the College, and engage with the student population through various catechetical groups, assemblies and liturgies.