Welcome from the Director of Education
Welcome to the website of the Diocese of Westminster Education Service. On these pages you will find useful information about the work of the team and the schools of the Diocese.
The Education Service, together with colleagues in the Property Department, supports 207 schools to ensure that they are successful and act in accordance within the Trust Deed of the Diocese. This involves us in offering advice and direction on a broad range of educational matters such as, Religious Education and curriculum issues, Catholic Life of a school, staffing and recruitment, governance, admissions and capital and academy developments. In order to do this, the team work closely with Parishes, Local Authorities, the Department for Education, NGA and the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Strong partnerships are key and the team value the support of the Catholic Education Service.
Catholic schools and colleges have a significant part to play in the mission of the Church. Our Diocesan schools make a strong contribution to education in London, Hertfordshire and Surrey. They exist so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to future generations. In the words of Cardinal Nichols, “Being Catholic means being open to the whole and being dedicated to the unity of the whole. Being Catholic means finding ways of expressing and deepening that 'universality', that Catholic character, and being ready always to embrace the other.”
His Eminence Cardinal Nichols, March 2021
A video message from His Eminence to express his gratitude to the staff, governors and pupils in our school communities for the support, resilience, accomplishments and hope for the future.
"What an Inspiration! And a joy to follow from start to finish. Thank you so very much for this brilliant foundation - Your enthusiasm is infectious!"
"I feel like I have taken away lots of valuable knowledge for myself and colleagues. The team work between course leads meant the delivery was very good."
"I really enjoyed the course. I think that the speakers gave everyone on the course today, the belief that Senior roles are available if you have the right attitude. The course was good for my confidence."
"Really helpful to talk to others in the break out rooms- it’s enables us to stay in contact with each other as peer support."
"It’s great to listen to people in leadership and their personal experiences and advice."
Please visit our Catholic Life page for more conversations with the Education Service:
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…Read More
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…Read More