What is the point of school? The Welsh Government position is that ‘nothing is so essential as universal access to, and acquisition of, the experiences, knowledge and skills that our young people need for employment, lifelong learning and active citizenship.’ Certainly, opportunity and achievement are important to children and young people, their parents and carers, and to the national interest. Yet, as Christians, we are concerned not only with earthly citizenship but also citizenship of another Kingdom. This puts St Teilo’s at odds with the transactional nature of education which views children and young people through a lens of utility and efficiency. St Teilo’s seeks to offer a fundamental re-orientation of the purpose of education, away from advancement and gain and towards right living and love for one’s neighbour.
The Welsh Government’s ‘four purposes’ are the shared vision and aspiration for every child and young person in Wales. They are designed to ‘set high expectations for all, promote individual and national wellbeing, tackle ignorance and misinformation, and encourage critical and civic engagement.’ Where we seek to add value is in helping children and young people to better understand the ultimate purposes of life. St Teilo’s aims to enable children and young people to become more Christ-like, to be enactors of the love of God, and live into the Gospel throughout their lives.
Our mission is no less than to inspire children and young people to live the alternative reality of the Kingdom of God within the present world order faithfully.