At Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, we take our lead from our namesake alongside a number of inspirational others who our tutor groups are named after.

Below is a brief outline of the work of all of these people and why they are so important to us as a school:

Cardinal Wiseman



  • The first cardinal resident in England following the Reformation and the first archbishop of Westminster.

  • He devoted his life to the 19th century revival of Roman Catholicism in England.

  • He faced adversity from many including some within the Catholic Church but he never gave up in what he believed in.

  • Wiseman was widely respected for his humanitarianism, intellect and achievements.

St. Bernadette



  • Born into poverty in Lourdes, France, she received a number (18) visions from Our Lady.

  • Following these visions, authorities attempted to get her to recant her accounts, but she refused and word spread globally about what she had witnessed.

  • Lourdes became a pilgrimage site for worshippers around the world.

St. Don Bosco



  • Dedicated his life to helping and educating disadvantaged young people.

  • His methods focused on love rather than punishment which was known as ‘The Preventative System’ based on reason, religion and loving kindness.

St. Teresa



  • Founded the ‘Missionaries of Charity’ a congregation who manage homes for those in severe need, who have no-where else to turn.

  • Members of the congregation take vows of chastity, poverty and obedience but also profess “to give wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor”.

  • She received many awards during her life including the Nobel Peace prize and was canonised on 4th September 2016.

Cardinal Newman



  • Converted to Catholicism at the age of 44 following a change in the spiritual path he was on.

  • This led to him being ostracized by many of his friends and family but he was undeterred and remained focused upon his aims.

  • Following his death it was said that he had done more than any other person to change the attitude on non-Catholics to Catholics.

Saint Francis of Assisi

  • Had a great love for animals and the environment. He said that people have a duty to protect and enjoy nature as both the stewards of God's creation and as creatures ourselves.

  • • Was the founder of the Franciscan order (1209), the mission of the order to emulate the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

  • • Is known for the love of the Eucharist.

  • • Is one of the most venerated religious figures in history

“Bernadette is a really important house group to be part of because she inspires us with the strength of her faith at a very young age.” Shannon (Y7 pupil)

“Saints are the people we can draw inspiration from in every aspect of our lives.” Keri – (Lay Chaplain)