The Intentions

St Teilo’s is a community of learning, formation and flourishing which:

  • Improves excellence, meaning that children and young people are supported to secure the highest possible standards and outcomes in all their work.
  • Increases equity, meaning that children and young people are assured an equality of opportunity by being nurtured as individuals.
  • Deepens faith, meaning that children and young people are afforded opportunities to develop their understanding of themselves and their place in creation.

In doing these things, we might all be fully the person God is calling us to be.

Our Christian Inspiration

The school’s intentions and purposes, taken together, form an ‘ecology’ of the fullness of life, each in interplay with all the others. We call this our ‘mission’.


To desire excellence is to desire knowledge of creation, awareness of history and understanding of the whole of culture (including its economic, legal, political, literary, artistic, scientific and technological dimensions). It is about fostering confidence, delight and discipline in seeking knowledge, truth, understanding, know-how and the skills needed to shape life well. Improving excellence is part of fulfilling Christ’s ‘Great Commission’ because Jesus Christ is Lord over the whole of creation and therefore all truth belongs to God:

  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
  • I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king. (Daniel 2:23)
  • He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. (Mark 16:15)
  • Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24)

To desire equity is to desire respect for the value of each person, through continual discernment, deliberation and action. It is about paying special attention to the vulnerable, disadvantaged, excluded, despised and feared. Increasing equity is part of the embodiment of the love and compassion of God for each person in Christ Jesus, and we are called to follow him in this, and to join with others in demonstrating it:

  • The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. (Psalms 33:5)
  • Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all. (Proverbs 22:2)
  • A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)
  • For God does not show favouritism. (Romans 2:11)

To desire faith is to desire human flourishing, having the opportunity to exercise our God-given gifts of creativity and productivity in such a way as contributes generously to the common good and thereby to the glory of God. It is about how to live before God in family and friendship, in neighbourhood and nation. Deepening faith is part of living in the presence of the life-giving God so that, for one person to truly flourish, the entire world must flourish; and for the entire world to truly flourish, every person in it must flourish:

  • God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)
  • May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. (Psalm 115:14)
  • “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
  • For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10)