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 Resources

Resources on the JPP Virtue Pairs

Most schools using the JPP concentrate on a pair of virtues each half-term. These are coordinated across the Jesuit schools so that resources can be made available according to the agreed calendar:

JPP Virtues Schedule for 2022-23

Click on the links below for resources on the virtue pairs:

Curious & Active
Intentional & Prophetic
Grateful & Generous
Attentive & Discerning
Compassionate & Loving
Faith-filled & Hopeful
Eloquent & Truthful
Learned & Wise

JPP Booklet

Jesuit Pupil Profile - Virtue and Learning in the Ignatian Tradition
An introduction to the JPP for school leaders, teachers and chaplains. (28-pages; 2017)

Jesuit Pupil Profile (pdf)

A2 Poster
JPP Tagcloud with Mustard Seed Parable

Print any size up to A2

JPP Poster 1 (pdf)

A2 Poster
JPP Tagcloud with Virtue Statements

Print any size up to A2

JPP Poster 2 (pdf)

Valete Gift

Here is a lovely idea from Mount St Mary's College: their pupils have grown up with the JPP so on the day they left the school (Valete Day) they were each given a framed version of the JPP with their names taking the place of the virtues. The kind of people they had grown to be.

JPP Cross

The boys at Wimbledon College designed and created 3D objects expressing the eight pairs of virtues of the JPP and made a permanent artwork in the school grounds.

More pictures . . .
Wimbledon JPP Cross

Can Positive Psychology shed any light on how Ignatian spiritual practices might increase ‘Subjective Well-Being’?

MTh Thesis by Tom Carson (2011)
Used with permission

Download thesis (pdf)

The Consolation of Character Strength in Ignatian Spirituality and Positive Psychology

Article by Roger Dawson SJ and Nicholas Austin SJ in The Way (2014)
Used with permission

Download article (pdf)

Jesuit Education and the Cultivation of Virtue

Article by James A Donahue
Georgetown University (1990)

Download article (pdf) - see pdf pages 67-87

Developing Character Skills in Schools

Research paper (2017) from the Department for Education (DfE) England which includes reference to the Jesuit Pupil Profile

Go to research paper (online pdf)

Character - Caught or Taught?

An article (2020) from the British Psychological Society on promoting the vritues in schools.


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.
Thank you.
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JPP for the Archdiocese of Cardiff

JPP Booklet (English/Welsh)
JPP Tagcloud A4/A3 Poster (English)
JPP Tagcloud A4/A3 Poster (Welsh)
JPP Text (Welsh)
JPP Tagcloud Image png (Welsh)

JPP for the Archdiocese of Birmingham

JPP Booklet
Promoting Values and Virtues in a Catholic School

JPP Virtues
Schedule 2022-23

JPP Schedule 2022-23