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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

Catholic schools outperform peers in producing new teachers

March 25, 2024

Three secondaries in the Xavier CET have supplied 16% of student teachers at a major training provider for the South East

Children from across the diocese join our first ever Choral Festivals!

March 21, 2024

The Schools Singing Programme events in Woking & Hove were a celebration of singing & sacred music.

Mass for the retirement of Simon Parr

February 29, 2024

Bishop Richard celebrated a beautiful Mass to say thank you to Simon Parr as he approaches his retirement from the service.

Dominic Raab visits St Alban's School, East Molesey.

February 23, 2024

Dominic Raab congratulated the School Parliament on their work to secure a new zebra crossing for the school.

New Headmistress for Mayfield School

February 9, 2024

Mayfield School has appointed a new Headmistress, Mrs Deborah Bligh.

Digest of 2023 Census data for schools and colleges in England

February 9, 2024

The Digest of the 2023 Census Data for Schools and Colleges in England is now available.

Schools thriving under Academy Trusts

February 8, 2024

Xavier Catholic Education Trust came second in the country for GCSE and on most measures was in the top 2% of 1000+ trusts nationally.

Ani Magill CBE: Dame of The Papal Order of St Gregory.

February 8, 2024

The Diocesan Education Service is delighted to announce that Ani Magill CBE has been admitted as Dame to The Papal Order of St Gregory.

Contact The Education Service

Our address is:

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