Our History

The foundation stone of Cardinal Griffin School was laid on the 22nd October, 1960, by Dom. Basil Griffin, the twin brother of the Cardinal whose name we honor. It was built to serve the four Catholic Parishes of the Chase and has always welcomed the children of parents seeking a distinctly Christian-based education. The school has developed into a thriving community of around 900 pupils with a Sixth Form of more than 100 students.

We aim to offer a broad and balanced education with an emphasis on respect for others. We provide a traditional environment in terms of care and welfare of children and young adults. In essence, we seek to develop all pupils to their full potential and to enable them to find their place in the modern world. As a community we have developed a policy of openness to the parents of our pupils, we encourage them to visit us regularly. We extend an invitation to all prospective parents to come and see our facilities as well as our greatest assets: the staff and pupils.

In addition to our mainstream academic work and preparing the pupils for further and higher education, we also do a lot of work to get our pupils into vocational training programs and career fast-track schemes. We send a few of our kids each year on local plumbing apprenticeships. Each year we are able to nominate one of our students for the Discovery personal training course scholarship. Every summer we sent five of our most high-achieving students overseas on an internship program at Sun Microsystems in California.

Mission Statement

To increase our love of God:

  • through the Eucharist and the sacraments
  • through meeting God in the Scriptures
  • through meeting God in prayer
  • through a sense of wonder at what the world tells us about God
  • through the Spirit manifest in our lives

To increase our love of neighbours, seeing Christ in them:

  • through listening
  • through trying to understand the needs of others
  • through being part of the community
  • through helping others
  • through learning about the people of the world
  • through acknowledging the rights of others


And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And Jesus said to him “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”

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