Founded 100 years ago, Salesian School Chertsey is an unashamedly Christian school in the Catholic tradition, influenced by the life, example and teaching of our founder St. John Bosco and the spirituality of our Patron and namesake, St. Francis of Sales. Our school community is part of the wider Salesian family of schools in the UK and worldwide.
The school’s motto of “Enlightening minds and uplifting hearts” is appropriate in that the school seeks both academic excellence and a holistic approach to education which places a special emphasis on realising one’s potential as a child of God and fulfilling one’s vocation.
Pupils, students, and staff have numerous opportunities to engage with the spiritual life of the school and thereby nurture their relationship with God and neighbour. Daily lunchtime activities at the school include Mass, Rosary, the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, Adoration & Benediction, Taize-style prayer, Bible study, Lectio Divina, Folk Songs and the sacrament of Reconciliation. A contemporary style Morning Prayer, based on the Divine Office, is prayed every day before school in the Chapel. Please see our spiritual activities for further details.
Twice a year, priests from the local deanery are invited to come to Salesian School Chertsey to assist with the provision of the sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent. Feast Day Masses are celebrated either as a whole school community or in Year groups, whilst tutees participate in the Eucharist in their Form group.
Provision for the spiritual life and development of the students in Salesian College is provided by the College Chaplain, Fr Kevin O’Donnell. To find out more click here.
Both Chaplains are available for individual chats with pupils, students, and staff alike. Mrs. Hibbins-Durkin (2nd in RE) shares her considerable talents with the whole school and the wider community as part of the Chaplaincy Team.