Our Saints

St Margaret Ward

Not much is known about St Margaret Ward.  We don’t know when she was born, but we know when she died and why.

Margaret was born in the later part of the 16th Century in Congleton.  Her father was a farmer working on his own land.  Margaret went to London to be a servant, but more of a lady’s companion to Mrs Whittle.

It was whilst she was in London, Margaret heard of the imprisonment of Fr Watson on the charge of being a Catholic Priest.  Margaret took to visiting him in prison taking him food.  The very few images we have of Margaret Ward, show her carrying a basket.  Being a regular visitor, the jailors stopped searching Margaret as she entered the jail.

Fr Watson persuaded Margaret into helping him to escape.  Using a rope smuggled into the prison, Fr Watson climbed through a window; but the rope was too short and he fell and injured himself.  Swapping his clothes with John Roche, Fr Watson escaped, but Margaret Ward and John Roche were quickly arrested.

Held in chains for 8 days and tortured, Margaret Ward refused to disclose where Fr Watson was hidden.  She died at Tyburn on 30th August 1588.  It is believed that Margaret Ward was between the ages of 18-21.  She is one of the three women of the Martyrs of England and Wales

Our School is the only Secondary School in the Archdiocese of Birmingham to be named after a female Saint and is believed to be a good role model who stood up for what she believed in.  Margaret Ward was brave, honest, compassionate, caring, kind and loving.  She showed many qualities of being a good person who tried to make a difference in the world in which she lived.  At St Margaret Ward, we strive to encourage our students to be kind, compassionate, brave and strong and to be the best person they can be in the world in which we live.

St Jean Baptiste de la Salle
John Baptiste De La Salle was a visionary who dedicated his life to education, the training of teachers and the establishment of schools. Born in France in 1651 to a rich and privileged family, De La Salle trained to be a priest. However, by the age of 21 De La Salle was left to care and educate his four younger brothers and two sisters after the death of his parents.

As a young priest, De La Salle helped the nuns who were educating and caring for poor girls in Rheims. On a chance meeting with Adrian Nyel, Nyel asked De La Salle to help him establish a school for poor and sick boys. Once the school was opened, a wealthy benefactor promised financial support, only if De La Salle continued to be involved with the school.

De La Salle, soon came to realise that his schools needed good teachers and set about training teachers. His ideas were revolutionary. De La Salle believed that students should be taught in groups, where students should be given the opportunity to lead and teach each other knowing that they are loved by God.

Today there are some 3,800 De La Salle Brothers dedicated to the education of young people numbering over 1,000,000 students in 1,500 educational centres including schools and universities in 82 countries. As an affiliated De La Salle School we share the vision of John Baptiste De La Salle
• Faith in the Presence of God
• Quality Education
• Inclusive Community
• Social Justice and Concern for the Poor
• Respect for all

John Baptiste died in 1719 and is the Patron Saint of Teachers and all who are involved in education.

Blessed John Henry Newman

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