Catholic education has been provided in Scotland for many centuries. Its foundations were in the monasteries which first provided education in the middlle ages and which heralded the foundation by Papal authority of three of the ancient Scottish universities at St. Andrews in 1413, Glasgow in 1451, and Aberdeen in 1495.
Today, Catholic schools at primary and secondary level continue this fine tradition of Catholic education as a service not just to the Catholic community but to the wider Scottish society.
Catholic philosophy of education
The Catholic Church's commitment to the importance of education is founded on the Christian belief of the importance of each person's talents and capacities being developed to their full potential throughout life.
The Gospel of John tell us that Jesus said:
"I have come that you may have life - and have it to the full." (John 10:10)
These words capture the Catholic Church's philosophy of education, which is visible in excellent Catholic schools which are committed to the full development of each pupil's abilities.