Jesuit Education

"The challenges of a worldwide commitment, like all challenges of collaboration, have their demands. The first demand concerns each of us personally: a belief in the values and the ways of proceeding that we acquired in our Jesuit education. We all recall the phrase which Fr. Pedro Arrupe often used, "men and women for others" and which was enriched by Fr. Kolvenbach as "men and women for and with others". Jesuit education is not a guarantee of privilege, but a term cannot be used truthfully unless it refers always and everywhere to persons of service, men and women ready to give of themselves in a spirit of gratuity."
Fr Adolfo Nicolas, Fr General of the Society of Jesus

Donhead is a Jesuit school. The Jesuits are members of a religious order in the Catholic Church known as the Society of Jesus, founded in 1540 by St Ignatius Loyola. From the first the Jesuits were involved in the education of young people.

A Jesuit Education:

  • Believes in the total formation of each individual within the human community
  • Insists on individual care and concern for each person and emphasises the importance of pastoral care
  • Emphasises activity on the part of the student
  • Encourage life-long openness to growth
  • Proposes Christ as the model of human life
  • Celebrates faith in personal and community prayer, worship and service
  • Seeks to form ‘men and women for others’
  • Serves a faith that promotes justice
  • Manifests particular concern for the poor

The spirit which animates us here at Donhead is a spirit of generosity:

  • Generosity in hard work
  • Generosity towards each other
  • Generosity in the service of those who need us most

This too is the spirit of the Jesuits and is summed up in St Ignatius’ Prayer of Generosity:

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to seek reward, except that of knowing that I do you will.

Mission Statement

Please visit our Mission Statement webpage to see how a Jesuit education links with our school's mission.

Please visit our 'Mission Statement' webpage to see how a Jesuit education links with our school's mission.


At the heart of our educational mission is the Jesuit ideal of finding God in all things. All that we do at Donhead reflects that commitment and is expressed in the enthusiasm and generosity with which staff and pupils actively seek to build a community of shared faith, in which individuals are valued for what they are. All this is encapsulated in the Jesuit motto ‘Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam’ which translates as ‘To the Greater Glory of God’.

Ignatian Spirtuality is at the heart of all that we do at Donhead. It may be visible through our liturgical celebrations, Religious Education Programme, retreats, chaplaincy services and, most importantly, in the everyday moments. Ignatian Spirituality is a spirituality of service and as such it is a lived experience which characterises the way we show love, respect and strive to do our best.

Non Catholic pupils and pupils of other faiths and their families are warmly invited to share in our worship and to make their own valued contributions in our spiritual journey. Opportunities exist for daily prayer and the celebration of the Mass is regularly available.

We hope that the pupils and staff live out their faith by the way in which they conduct themselves as they go about their daily business at Donhead. As a result, the school is a living and caring extended family, ready to help others within the school or in the wider world.

Chaplaincy support is provided by the Jesuit Institute, based at Campion Hall in Oxford, and co-ordinated by a member of staff at Donhead.