More House is committed to the expression of the Catholic faith, both explicitly and – perhaps more importantly – in our daily life together. Girls are expected to be tolerant, thoughtful, and good stewards of the life they have been given and the world in which they live, and to act with integrity, honesty, and a sense of justice. Daily prayer is just one way in which we share stillness and spiritual time together as a community.
The school is fortunate to have its own Chapel, where regular weekly services are held for girls and Staff. Catholic girls celebrate Days of Obligation when they fall within the school week and the school also celebrates St Thomas More’s Day, which is a highlight of the year.
Charitable work is a core part of More House school life and now sits under the umbrella of “Faith in Action” (FIA). This group of committed pupils not only mobilises the whole School and delivers continual support for national and international campaigns that pupils are passionate about but also provides support and focus for the many and varied activities driven by individual girls/year groups throughout the school year. The School works closely with and for CAFOD, the Cardinal Hume Centre and the WE Foundation.
More House prides itself on nurturing global citizens with a we-can-do attitude prevalent within the School since its inception. The pupils actively campaign about key life-issues including lobbying our local MPs about pressing matters such as climate change and homelessness, actively supporting climate change campaigns and raising money and awareness for asylum seekers and homeless people in our community. The Faith In Action group also supports international causes, examples of this are selling Rafiki bracelets made by women and children in Tanzania where any profits made go towards providing students in Tanzania with educational resources; a trip to Cambodia in 2012 to build visitor huts to promote sustainable tourism rather than poaching and in 2016 a trip to Ecuador to replant native trees in areas of the jungle affected by the palm oil trade.
Our exceptional Music department, involving past and present members of the More House community, shares music and liturgy all over the world – performing at a very broad range of churches and other venues from the School’s local community to small local schools and churches in various countries to Notre Dame, the Sacré Coeur, and the Vatican for the beatification of Pope John Paul II.