Ethos and Faith
Alton is a leading Catholic school on the border of Hampshire and Surrey. The life of our school is rooted in the Catholic tradition with an emphasis on personal faith, tolerance, service, friendship and respect for others. Pupils of all faith backgrounds are welcomed and nurtured within the school’s community.
Worship and prayer are integral to our daily activity. All pupils study Religious Studies with GCSE taken in Year 10. Mass is celebrated regularly and annual retreats feature for all pupils from Year 5 onwards, including the Sixth Form Easter pilgrimage to Lourdes with disabled children.
The school chapel provides a place for quiet prayer and reflection.
Pupils are actively involved in caring for others and fundraising for numerous charities, looking beyond themselves to the needs of the wider world.
Founded by the Sisters of our Lady of Providence in 1938, we still have Sisters here on site who are active in the management and spiritual mindfulness of the school. In the short video below Sister Helen, one of our trustees, talks about how faith underpins the principles we hold true here at Alton School.
The Meera Foundation was set up by Alton School to raise funds and support the work of Sisters based in India and Colombia who are from the same congregation as our own Sisters here in Alton. Sister Meera was educated at Alton School, and went on to teach English for a number of years after obtaining her degree from London University. We are immensely proud of all the amazing work she has gone on to accomplish in India, hence naming the Foundation after her.
The mission in India is focused on education and runs many schools often in the poorest areas. St Joseph’s School was set up by Sisters Gracie and Meera in Varanasi. Every afternoon it becomes a free school which welcomes local children from the surrounding villages. With the support of our Foundation, they have been able to extend their help to local families with provision of medicines, bicycles, water pumps and even livestock.
Over the years, Alton School has raised approximately £20,000 to support the Foundation and run a series of expeditions to Varanasai for our Sixth form. Our students have a life-changing experience, helping to teach English, caring for orphans and supporting St Joseph’s poverty relief work.