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St Luke's Catholic Academy

St Luke's

Catholic Academy

Pyenest Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4LU

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

Our Shared Vision

Beliefs Into Action 


Through Christ we are preparing the children for discipleship, (their place in society) by articulating the following beliefs/values;

We believe:

Adults are to ‘know’ the child to ensure they are treated as individuals and recognised as unique. We believe the child and the divine are inseparable.  Through this the children will come to know our love.

Education is centred around the child.  Children are taught to be the person they can be – realise their potential. Through Christ we value them as individuals.  Through this the children will come to know equality.

Every child can achieve something (show greatness), the curriculum explores and encourages the children’s gifts. As adults, we celebrate their gifts and value them. Learning and education are about the children, not about the narrow measures of success. Our schools are assessment guided - not results driven. Through this the children will come to know they are to serve as witnesses, to proclaim the Love of God.

Children are to be nurtured, encouraged, and supported.  Mistakes, through which we learn, are celebrated.  Children will develop a belief in themselves, a confidence to learn and persevere. Through this the children will know happiness.

Learning is to be engaging, motivating, inspiring and life-long; reflecting high expectation and challenge. We believe in creative learning.  Through this the children will love to learn.

Children are to explore their world, we will promote child led learning – developing natural curiosity. We encourage children to ask questions, determine their own success and expect them to articulate what they need to do to achieve. Through this the children will know how to learn for life.

A strong community is based love, partnership and on good communication. Through this the children will be part of a learning community founded on Gospel values.

The above can be summarised through the following key words:

Love, Respect, Unique, Centred, Integrity, Community


History of the School

In June 1962 Father John O'Callaghan was appointed as the first parish priest of St. Luke's. At this time the building of the new town of Harlow was nearing completion. St. Luke's was one of the four new parishes which were established to cater for the pastoral needs of the new town and its people. This was a difficult and demanding appointment. The four new parish priests had to be pioneers in the true sense of literally building their parishes from nothing. Negotiations with the New Town Council provided John with a council house as the first presbytery and Mass was said in a small hall some distance away in Perry Road. The new parish was so stretched financially that former parishioners from Becontree joined the parishioners in Harlow in providing basic furniture requirements for the presbytery. John spent 10 years establishing the parish of St. Luke's. He had to build a new primary school for the Parish, a new presbytery nearer to the parish hall and he was involved with the setting up of St. Mark's Secondary school.