St Thomas' School - A New Beginning


St Thomas' School - A New Beginning

In September 2018, St Thomas’ School will begin a new chapter in it’s life. The school will relocate to the Meadow Campus in Braddan in a new partnership between Scoill Vallajeelt, St Thomas’ School, the Diocese of Sodor and Man and the Department of Education, Sport and Culture.

The current building, on a cramped site in central Douglas, opened in 1876. Whilst teaching and learning
at the school remains good – as attested to by the end of year results – the current facilities have long
been deemed inadequate and unsatisfactory (something first recognised by School Inspectors in the
mid 1930s!).

Alongside a change in location, the school’s status as a Maintained ‘Parochial School’ will change as the
Diocese increasingly recognises and supports the place of St Thomas as a ‘Diocesan School’ serving the
whole Island.

The current permanent capacity of the School is 55 students. The move in September 2018 will see this
increase to 80, with provision for further growth to 100 places possible in future years.

Alongside this, St Thomas’ students will have for the first time, access to onsite playing fields, a sports
hall and creative ‘shared learning’ areas – they will also see their very first hot school dinners served in
shared ‘canteen’ with students from Vallajeelt. These are some of the practical changes that will benefit
St Thomas students; they are underpinned by a national Vision for Education which will see the
character and ethos of the school continue to develop as a place of nurture and education with clear
Christian foundations.

Vision for education

I have come in order that you might have life - life in all its fullness.
                                                                           John 10:10

Our vision for education is deeply Christian, with Jesus' promise of 'life in all its fullness' at its heart.
In line with the Church of England's role as the established Church, our vision is for the common good
of the whole community.

Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in
seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.

Educating for hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when
things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.

Educating for community and living well together: a core focus on relationships,
participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish

You can find out more about the Church of England’s Vision for Education by reading 'Deeply Christian,
Serving the Common Good – the Church of England’s Vision for Education.'


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