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Diocesan Education 


‘Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.’ St Catherine of Siena

Catholic education is an integral and essential part of the Church’s mission; to make the person of Jesus Christ known and loved, and to place Him and the teaching of the Catholic Church at the centre of people’s lives. Catholic schools support Catholic parents in their responsibility for the academic, physical, spiritual, moral and religious education of their children, in accordance with the teachings of the Church.

About our Schools

We have a wide range of Christ-centred, nurturing and successful schools in our Diocese. They include:

Sixty-four state-funded schools comprising of fifty-three primary schools and eleven secondary schools.

Of these, thirty-three primary schools and six secondary schools are voluntary aided (VA) and maintained through local authorities. A further fourteen primary schools and three secondary schools are academies under the Xavier Catholic Education Trust with six primary schools and two secondary school academies under the Bosco Catholic Education Trust.

Our Diocese includes twelve independent schools and one independent non-maintained specialist school.

The knowledge, dedication and commitment of approximately 5,000 teachers and support staff deliver Catholic education to more than 37,800 children across our Diocese. Our schools are ably supported in their work and mission by 700 school governors and many more volunteers, parents and carers.

Education News

The Diocese celebrates “Faith in Action” across Sussex and Surrey Copy

July 23, 2024

132 CYMFED Awards were presented to students from 12 diocesan primary and secondary schools.

Education Bishop announces Jubilee date for schools

July 23, 2024

Bishop Marcus Stock has announced that 24 January will be the launch day for for schools to mark the year of Jubilee

Bishop Richard celebrates Mass marking teachers' 560 years of service to diocesan schools.

July 18, 2024

“Your ministry and care for our young people goes further than we can ever see.”

Thanksgiving for the work of Maria Wheeler, retiring Head of St Francis', Caterham

July 18, 2024

Maria is retiring after 21 years and was joined by family, deanery colleagues, Xavier CET and the diocesan Education Service to celebrate.

"Thank you and goodbye" to Jan Miles, retiring Deputy Head, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Crawley

July 15, 2024

On her retirement, Jan was awarded a diocesan medal for her services to Catholic education.

Congratulations to The Marist School for Surrey Health Schools programme achievements!

July 12, 2024

The school has been recognised for 'developing a Surrey Healthy Schools approach to wellbeing, health, inclusion & achievement.'

Induction Mass for Tim Hulse, Headteacher of St Philip Howard School, Barnham

July 8, 2024

Bishop Richard celebrated the Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows, Bognor, with members of the parish and school communities

“Hymn tunes and folk tunes” - A summer concert series for the Schools Singing Programme

July 8, 2024

Schools in Surrey have been learning hymn tunes from every corner of the British Isles and folk tunes from across the world.

Contact The Education Service

Our address is:

The Education Service
The St Philip Howard Centre
4 Southgate Drive
West Sussex RH10 6RP