It is a Catholic Voluntary Secondary School. It is a member house of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (I.B.V.M.). This Institute has a long history. It was founded in the Seventeenth Century by Mary Ward (1585 – 1645), a remarkable woman who pioneered the higher education of Catholic women.
The Loreto Philosophy of Education is centred in God, rooted in Gospel values and derives its objectives and specific expression from the insights and vision of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Mary Ward. It underpins our Missions Statement, which states:
''Our school is a caring Christian Community in which students have the opportunity to achieve academic excellence and to grow spiritually, emotionally, socially, creatively and physically in a healthy environment.''