Oddly, most people remember Liverpool as the birthplace of the Beatles or for the many successes of Liverpool FC, but how many people really understan
Oddly, most people remember Liverpool as the birthplace of the Beatles or for the many successes of Liverpool FC, but how many people really understand the pride Liverpool takes in the quality education available to students in today’s world? For 60 years, Liverpool has been home to Maricourt Catholic High School that has been a foundation of excellence in education for each and every one of those years.
A Place Where Anglicans and Roman Catholics Coexist with Mutual Respect
One of the key principles by which the school is best known for is in the fact that they teach mutual respect among all people. Maricourt Catholic High School, although founded by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy, has always been a place where there were no boundaries based on religion, race or nationality. Students have always been taught to respect each other out of Christian compassion and that to live by any other moral code was a sin – literally as well as figuratively. The mission statement reads as follows:
“Maricourt seeks to provide and sustain a living Catholic community which is rooted in Christian values and where growth and knowledge, respect, love, and fellowship are shared by all.”
A Brief Timeline
For a more complete timeline, you can visit the school’s website, but to sum it up, the school was founded back in 1958 when the Sisters of Mercy named Sister Mary Magdalene the first headteacher of a new girl’s grammar school. The 16 girls who were the first students met in the parlour of the convent and within a short time, a school was erected. The Bootle Education Commission was impressed with the path the school was taking and were granted oversight in the 1960s.
However, a nearby Catholic High School had closed down and Dr Andrew Beck requested that the Sisters of Mercy take over the premises to find a new High School, then called Mater Misericordiae High School. Translated from Latin, Mater Misericordiae means Mother of Mercy. Today, Maricourt Catholic High School is what evolved from the ‘Comprehensive Educational” mission of those early years and the school is co-ed with students of various nationalities and of various denominations and races.
What the Future May Hold
Now celebrating 60 years of excellence in education, the school is set for a historic future. From the school’s humble birth in a Liverpool convent to a large campus of today, this is a school that Liverpudlians are extremely proud of. With so much strife in the world, it is heart-warming to be home to a school that fosters a working relationship between Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
With an ever-growing student population and a commitment to raising up tomorrow’s leaders in a multicultural society, Maricourt Catholic High School will continue to stand out as an educational institution that goes above and beyond in their commitment to serve. The future looks bright for the school and its foundation of excellence in education will continue to help many youngsters for years to come.