Carmel is a Catholic college for the community welcoming students of all faiths (or none). Our young people come from all backgrounds creating a rich, vibrant and diverse learning environment.

Carmel is built on the principles of Catholic education which foster a belief in the importance and value of individuals. We have the highest expectations of all students and staff and live out the Gospel values of love, peace, justice, community, care for creation and service. Relationships within the college are really positive and are built on mutual trust and respect. We encourage students to recognise their responsibilities to themselves and to others. Teachers encourage students to understand the social, moral, spiritual and cultural implications of their subjects.

The Chaplaincy provides opportunities for prayer, reflection and spiritual growth. There are regular weekly services for those who want them as well as occasional retreats and we take time out to reflect at important times of the year: Christmas, Easter, Ash Wednesday, Remembrance Day etc.

As part of our general RE curriculum, students discuss important social, moral and religious issues, including issues of current relevance.  This lesson is designed to encourage students to think and to develop their own views, beliefs and ideas.

“The Catholic mission of the college, to promote excellence, opportunity, challenge and support for all students in a caring environment, infuses the organisation. The behaviour and actions of governors, staff and students reflect this mission daily.” (Ofsted June 2019)
“Carmel College is a very welcoming college to students and staff of all social, ethnic and religious backgrounds.” (Student Ambassador)
“For God, we are not numbers, we are important, indeed we are the most important thing to him; we are what is closest to his heart.” (Pope Francis)

Ethos Position Statement