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Welcome to Holy Innocents' Catholic Primary School

Holy Innocents' is a one form entry Catholic Primary School with close links to the Parish of Holy Innocents', Orpington.


Pupils also come from the neighbouring parishes of St. Michael and All Angels, Farnborough and St. Theresa's, Biggin Hill. We take children from all religious backgrounds and children with no religious backgrounds. 

The school is distinctively Roman Catholic in nature and we follow the Liturgical as well as the academic calendar.

Each term starts with a Mass at Holy Innocents' Church. The children organise these Masses by practising the readings, writing the bidding prayers, serving, welcoming, singing and even dancing on special occasions!

During Lent & Advent we have special  Penitential services during which our local Deacon visits to lead a penitential rite. Pupils lead this service by organising an examination of conscience and after the service, pupils in KS2 have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

During May, we have special devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary by holding a May Procession. Rosary Club meets during May and October once a week in the school chapel.

Click here for a link to the RE page.

History of the School


Holy Innocents' Catholic Primary School began life as an Orphange in 1893. In was part of St. Joseph's Orphanage for Boys. Later, a girls orphanage was opened in 1900 and Called St. Anne's. It was run by the Sisters of Mercy. St. Anne's Orphanage was closed in the 1960's and the school provision became St. Anne's RC Primary School. This remained the name of the school until the 1980'2 when the name was officially changed to Holy Innocents' Catholic Primary School.


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Between St. Joseph's Orphanage & St. Anne's Orphanage a chapel was built to serve the two religious communities and the residents of the orphanages. This was called the Chapel of the Holy Innocents.
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St. Joseph's later became a boys secondary school in 1955. St. Anne's a primary school. The Sisters of Mercy played a big part in the school from it's origin and are still involved to this day although they do look a little different!
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The old Holy Innocents Church was demolished in the 1980's and the new Church was built.
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Some things haven't changed that much though.....
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Month of May

During the month of May we honour Our Lady, mother of God in a very special way.

On Friday 3rd May we held our annual May Procession in honour of Our Lady and all the pupils, staff along with many parents and parishioners processed from the school grounds to the Church to sing hymns, say prayers and crown the statue of Mary.

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Season of Lent

The season of Lent is now upon us. We are preparing in school by fasting, praying and raising money for Charities such as CAFOD.

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The Stations of the Cross in our School Hall

Our School Chapel

We have recently been granted permission by the Archbishop to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in the school Chapel during term time.

The chapel is available for private prayer by pupils, parents and staff before and after the school day. The chapel is also used for private prayer during lunchtimes. We also hold rosary and adoration sessions regularly.

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Our Hall Displays

This year our hall displays are about the story of Creation from the book of Genesis in the Old Testament.

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Prayers of the Church


Sign of the Cross

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +


Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee.

Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen


Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

(For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever) 


The Angelus


This ancient prayer of the Catholic Church is traditionally said at 12 midday and 6pm. The prayer is a responsorial type prayer. One half of the class could say the first line and the second half of the class could respond. This can then be alternated on different days so the children learn all parts of the prayer.


  1. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

  2. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee……..


  1. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

  2. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee…..


  1. And the Word was made Flesh. (bow your head)

  2. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee………


  1. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

  2. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us Pray.

Pour forth we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His passion and cross (+) be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen

 May the divine assistance remain always with us.

 And may the souls of the faithful departed, (+)through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen


Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail our Life, our Sweetness, and our Hope.
To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To Thee do we send up our sighs mourning
and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious Advocate,
Thine Eyes of Mercy towards us,
and after this our exile show unto us the
Blessed Fruit of thy Womb, Jesus.
O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.


Daily Prayers

Morning Prayer

Oh my God, you love me,

You’re with me night and day.

I want to love you always,

In all I do and say.

I try to please you Father,

Bless me through the day.



Grace Before Meals

Thank you Father for the food we eat, help us to remember those who prepared this food for us and those less fortunate than ourselves.



Afternoon Prayer

God our Father,

I come to say;

Thank you for your love today,

Thank you for my family,

And all the friends you give to me.

Guard me through the dark of night and in the morning, shine your light.



The Sacraments

At Holy Innocents, we support the preparation for the Sacraments within our feeder parishes. Pupils in Year 3 and above are encouraged to approach their respective parishes to find out more about preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.


May Devotions



Class Assemblies & Liturgies

Class Masses