Why choose a faith school?

"The school's aims, to promote social and personal skills in the religious life of the school, are met extremely effectively  ... the boys' spiritual development is excellent."
Independent Schools Inspectorate Inspection Report 2013 View Report

 "Loyola Preparatory is an outstanding school with a Catholic ethos which is based on the principles and characteristics of Ignation education."
Diocese of Brentwood Inspection Report 2014 View Report

Loyola is named after the town in Spain which was the birthplace of St Ignatius of Loyola, who therefore is our school patron. He founded the Jesuit religious order in 1539 – essentially an educational order. As a faith school we follow the precepts of the Jesuit characteristics of education, which essentially is to promote the Greater Glory of God (ad majorem dei gloriam - the school motto) through fully developing pupils’ natural talent in order to give service to others.

What are the benefits to our pupils of this mission?  Firstly, it underlines and gives purpose to everything we do; it motivates and inspires us to identify, cultivate and maximise the talents of our pupils.

It also provides us with a context in which the school operates. It helps underline us as a community. It makes us aware of the importance of faith as a backbone of life and encourages us to value and appreciate the multi-faiths that are represented in our school, as well as those families whom are of no faith. It does not make us a closed shop, but inspires us to a universal welcome to our community.

We operate as a faith school – we have a tradition of prayer and collective worship which are mainstays of our routines. We are not seeking to impose these, but rather to show how a community acts which is dedicated to a faith or a set of values. We do want to provide our pupils with a sense of awe and of some sense of spirituality. We believe also that our tradition begets a sense of purpose and a sense of worth which are intrinsic parts of what it is to be a faith school – to the Greater Glory of God.