Jesuit Pupil Profile

The Jesuit Pupil Profile has been developed by the schools of the British Jesuit Province as a successor to the Jesuit School Leaver Profile published in 1995. The new Jesuit Pupil Profile was launched in the schools in the autumn term of 2013.

Our aims in creating the new Jesuit Pupil Profile (JPP) have been:

  • to propose a simple but challenging statement of the qualities we seek to develop in pupils in Jesuit schools, using key words which unfold Ignatius' own stated aim of "improvement in living and learning for the greater glory of God and the common good."
  • to produce a profile that describes the whole process of Jesuit education (from age 3 or 5 or 11 or 17 - the common ages of entry into our schools in Britain) rather than that of a school leaver.
  • to create a JPP image in the style of a tag-cloud which can be used alongside the formal statement. Both image and statement are designed to provide a rich resource to stimulate discussion in class, assemblies, retreats and liturgy, in meetings of governors, withschool leaders, teachers, support staff and parents; and which can be used to explain to prospective parents the aims of Jesuit education.

The JPP proposes eight pairs of virtues that sum up what a pupil in a Jesuit school is growing to be.

Alongisde the pupil profile itself, we have developed a parallel statement of what a Jesuit school does to help its pupils grow in the virtues listed in the JPP.

There is also a brief expansion of the profile explaining its gospel and Ignatian roots.

Jesuit Pupil Profile

Pupils in a Jesuit school are growing to be . . .

Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.

Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.

Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.

Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.

Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.

Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.

Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.

Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.


We have developed a tag-cloud style image which can be used (especially with children) to discuss the virtues of the JPP. The image is in the form of a tree, drawing on the parable of the mustard seed (Mark 4:30-32). The pairs of virtues are colour-coded and this colour-coding is used in the JPP printed leaflet.




Jesuit Pupil Profile leaflet (pdf)
Jesuit Pupil Profile parallel text version (pdf)
Jesuit Pupil Profile tag cloud image [white backgro
und] (png)
Jesuit Pupil Profile tagcloud image [transparent background] (png)
Jesuit Pupil Profile animated PowerPoint slides (ppt)
Prayer for the Dedication of Studies linked to the JPP

Printed copies of the JPP leaflet, A6 postcard and A2 classroom posters are available from the Jesuit Institute.

JPP Booklet Jesuit Pupil Profile - Virtue and Learning in the Ignatian Tradition
An introduction to the JPP for teachers and chaplains. (28-pages; 2017)
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A2 Poster
JPP with Mustard Seed Parable

Print any size up to A2


A2 Poster
JPP Tagcloud and Virtue Statements

Print any size up to A2



Copyright Notice
The Jesuit Pupil Profile, tagcloud image and logo are copyright 2013. The Jesuit schools of the British Province have permission to use them freely. If you wish to use or adapt this material and are not a British Province Jesuit school, please ask first.
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