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Calling Catholic Teachers

By Linette Blackmore | 13th September 2018 | 1 Comment

The Diocese of Westminster Education Service is hosting an evening to engage with Catholic teachers and leaders currently working outside of Catholic education. Director of Education, JP Morrison, explains: ‘We wish to reach out to the very best in education and we are conscious that some of our finest Catholic teachers have, for whatever reason,…

Something worth celebrating

By Linette Blackmore | 7th September 2018 | 0 Comments

by Bishop John Wilson Chair of the Diocesan Education Commission Education Sunday falls on 9th September this year and provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Catholic schools and colleges across our diocese. Since becoming Chair of the Diocesan Education Commission I have witnessed first-hand the impressive work that is taking place and seen…

Catholic schools: Always open

By Linette Blackmore | 1st September 2018 | 0 Comments

by JP Morrison, Director, Diocesan Education Service   This year the theme of Education Sunday is ‘Ephphatha: Be Opened’ which is taken from Mark’s Gospel reading on Education Sunday. It refers to the way Jesus healed a man who was both deaf and mute with a simple command: Ephphatha. Jesus is telling us to open…

Celebration of Service Mass 2018

By Linette Blackmore | 28th August 2018 | 0 Comments

On 5th July the Education Service recognised the outstanding service of over 40 individuals who have served Catholic education in our Diocese. Teaching staff, support staff, governors and Headteachers were represented from across our 209 schools. The evening included a special Mass at Westminster Cathedral followed by a reception on the roof terrace of the…

Cardinal Vaughan student explores the work of AoS chaplains

By Linette Blackmore | 19th July 2018 | 0 Comments

Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) hosted work experience student, Ciaran Bourke, from Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London, at its head office in Eccleston Square for two weeks in July. Ciaran helped in various jobs including working on spreadsheets detailing the ships and seafarers, and a stock-take of items sold on the AoS online shop. The…

Share the Journey: CAFOD gather for campaign finale

By Linette Blackmore | 16th July 2018 | 0 Comments

CAFOD and Education Service representatives gathered on the steps of Westminster Cathedral on Friday 13th July, to mark the end of their ‘Share the Journey’ campaign which showed support for people forced to flee their homes. The campaign was launched for schools at CAFOD’s head teachers’ Conference in March, and since then a number of Westminster…

St. Dominic’s celebrate end of the school year

By Linette Blackmore | 10th July 2018 | 0 Comments

St. Dominic’s Sixth Form College marked the last weeks of the 2017-18 academic year by celebrating the faith of their community and raising money for charity. Firstly, the Harrow-on-the-Hill college came together in Westminster Cathedral on Friday 6th July to celebrate Mass, and with the end of the year approaching they shared a moment of…

In thanksgiving: Catholic Children’s Society

By Linette Blackmore | 6th July 2018 | 0 Comments

On Thursday 5th July students from across the diocese gathered for the Catholic Children’s Society (CCS) annual Good Samaritan and Good Shepherd Masses at Westminster Cathedral. The Good Shepherd Mass for primary school pupils was celebrated by Bishop Paul McAleenan in the morning followed by Bishop John Wilson celebrating the Good Samaritan Mass for secondary…

Bishop Challoner School celebrate open air Mass

By Linette Blackmore | 30th June 2018 | 0 Comments

Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools celebrated an open air Mass of thanksgiving with Bishop Nicholas Hudson, on the feast day of Ss Peter and Paul, Friday 29th June. The ground was filled with students and staff beating the hot summer’s day with a bottle of water beneath every seat and teachers looking after the…

JFK School celebrates Golden Jubilee

By Linette Blackmore | 25th June 2018 | 0 Comments

John F Kennedy Catholic School rounded off their 50th jubilee celebrations on Friday 22ndJune by joining together with Fr Paul McDermott to celebrate Mass. The mass was held in the sports hall with the Music led by Mr Ridout, and involved the newly commissioned student Eucharistic Ministers. During Mass the community gave thanks to all who…

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Protocols – Pupil Place Planning

By Nigel Spears | 14th November 2018 | 0 Comments

Protocols relating to Pupil Placement Planning can now be found HERE.

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School Capital – Latest Guidance for Schools and Consultants

By Nigel Spears | 14th November 2018 | 0 Comments

The latest guidance documents on Capital Procurement have just been published by our colleagues in the Diocesan Property Department. The update from the previous version was prompted by the need to include a “Modern Slavery” statement. Human trafficking and modern slavery are, in the words of Pope Francis, “grievous wounds in the flesh of humanity….In…

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Protocols – Capital Strategy

By Nigel Spears | 14th November 2018 | 0 Comments

Protocols relating to Asset Management and Capital Procurement can be found HERE.

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Asbestos Return – Government Required

By Nigel Spears | 14th November 2018 | 0 Comments

  Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) Early this year, the DfE/ESFA wrote to all schools requiring the completion of the AMAP. When the AMAP portal closed, a significant majority of schools had failed to complete the returns. Ministers were concerned about the poor response rate and the associated lack of detailed intelligence relating to the…

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See Interactive Map – Enumeration Day Oct 2018

By Nigel Spears | 20th October 2018

Enumeration Day 2018 – Registered Pupils Return The deadline for the submission of the 2018 Enumeration (Registered pupils) returns was Friday 12 October. Thank you to those school that have supplied the required data. Your support and assistance is greatly appreciated. Governors, parents and others will be able to review and interrogate the data at:…

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Available: LCVAP & HPCF Forms (User Guide)

By Nigel Spears | 28th September 2018 | 2 Comments

2 New Guidance Documents Available Available now on the Capital Strategy Page 1.       A Guide to support the completion of the LCVAP online proposal form. 2.       A Guide to support the completion of the Health Pupils Capital Fund “Sugar Tax” online proposal form. For additional information or support, please email

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The Future of LCVAP

By Nigel Spears | 26th September 2018 | 0 Comments

On Thursday 20th September 2018, the Government announced its intention to retire the LCVAP process.   The following is an extract from the letter issued to the Diocese. I am writing to inform you about changes we are intending to make to how voluntary aided (VA) schools access capital funding to maintain and improve their…

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LCVAP and HPCF 2019/20

By Nigel Spears | 26th September 2018 | 0 Comments

Day Hour Minute Second The 2019/20 LCVAP funding application process is now live. The governing bodies of Catholic Voluntary Aided (VA) Schools are invited to submit 1 (ONE) Condition Related LCVAP proposal for a capital project, to be delivered within the 2019/20 financial year.   LCVAP: Click Here – LCVAP 2019/20 Online Form to access…

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