Our Christian Life

We embrace Christian life at Hope Academy by engaging with our local Christian communties. As a joint Catholic and Church of England Academy, we work closely with our local Catholic Priest, Fr. Benedict Ogbuevule, and our local Vicar, Rev. Chris Stafford.

To find out more about our local parishes, please visit the following websites:

St. Mary and St. John Catholic Church 

Church of England Newton Hub (Hope Hub)

There are a number of Christian Services throughout our school year, starting with a Joint Denominational Welcome Service for the Year 7s in October which welcomes them into the school community and anticipates the talents and skills we will nurture by celebrating our Academy Vision: ‘Serve one another through love.” (Galatians 5:13)

From September 2023 we will be having both Catholic and Anglican services for our students, staff and local community in our chapel at least once a half term!

There are services at both Christmas and Easter at our local churches and a host of events that pupils can be involved in to live out our Christian Vision, as can be seen from our Chaplaincy Calendar:




Macmillan Community Coffee Morning

Gideons’ Bible presentation to all of Year 7

Lourdes Pilgrimage Promotion



Year 7 Retreat Days with the Animate Youth Team

Year 7 Welcome Service

 Harvest Appeal for St. Helens Foodbank

Launch of the Faith in Action Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold Award)


Poppy Appeal for The British Legion

Remembrance Day Commemorations

Student Ambassadors represent the Academy at the Earlestown Remembrance Parade

Mentors in Violence Prevention training with Y9 MVP Students


 Advent Prayer Stations during RE lessons for Year 7 &Year 8

Primary School Workshops on the themes of Advent

Nugent Light Up A Life Service at the Metropolitan Cathedral

Student Christmas Services at St Peter’s Church

Santa Dash (fundraising)


Holocaust Memorial Week

Holocaust Memorial Commemoration at St. Helens Town Hall 


Ash Wednesday

Lent fundraising appeal (CAFOD Big Lent Walk, food and clothes donations for NUGENT)


Lent Prayer Stations during RE lessons for Year 7 & Year 8

Easter Service at St. Mary’s Church

April Danceathon with Laughter Africa charity appeal

Christian Aid Week

Confirmation Classes (Year 8 and above)


Nugent Good Shepherd Mass

Refugee Week – Key Stage 3 Workshops in the chapel

Year 5 Ethos Days

Faith in Action Award Ceremony

Confirmation Services at Lowe House, St. Helens

Year 11 Leavers Service


Race for Life at Haydock Park for Cancer Research 

Y6 Transition Week

MVP Graduation Ceremony

All Year Groups Graduation Ceremonies

Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for Year 10+



Watch the video below to find out more about the Prayer Initiative ‘Prayer for St. Helens’ – a united church prayer project- which was launched in April 2023:

Gospel:  Sunday 3rd December 2023

Each week during our first Inspire Session, we spend some time reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel. (Resources adapted from Wednesday Word)


‘Thrive’ material is produced by ‘Roots on the Web’.  There is a fresh sheet every week based on the Lectionary readings, and it’s designed to help us consider what the readings explore, what that means for you and how you will live your faith this week: (click here to open a bigger version of the page below in a new tab)