Bishops launch new document in support of Catholic education

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The Catholic Education Service has announced the launch of a new document, revised and approved by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, celebrating the important impact that Catholic education has on our communities.

The document, which was approved at the Bishops’ Conference Plenary meeting in May, outlines the distinctive nature of Catholic education, which is currently responsible for almost 800,000 pupils in England and Wales.

It also explains the way in which Catholic schools work in partnership with the Government to provide outstanding academic standards, a diverse education and a cohesive and welcoming environment for all.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, said:

“I welcome this document which highlights the distinctive nature of Catholic education to make Christ known, to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children and to be of service to society. The high demand for places at Catholic schools is testament to the high regard of parents for the distinctive nature of Catholic schools and also the high standards achieved.

“I commend the staff, pupils and parents across all Catholic schools and offer my prayers for their continued endeavours.”

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Chairman of the CES, said:

“Supporting the education of our young people is not just a responsibility for the Church, but also a privilege. This new document outlines the fantastic contribution of Catholic education to our communities across England and Wales and I hope that it encourages people to celebrate and support the work of our Catholic schools and colleges.”

The Catholic Church is responsible for 10% of the total maintained education sector in England and Wales. It employs over 48,000 teachers and 38,000 education support staff.


There are five key sections to the document:

  • A Commitment to Catholic Education

  • The Distinctive Nature of Catholic Education

  • Catholic Schools and the Law

  • The Catholic Church and Education Policy

  • The Quality and Diversity of Catholic Education


You an download the document by using the link below or to the right of this page.


Visit the official website of the Catholic Education Service – an agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.


  • The Catholic Church is the largest provider of secondary schools, and second largest provider of primary schools (behind the Church of England) in the country.

  • Catholic schools funded jointly by the State and the Church make up 10% of the total maintained sector in England and Wales.

  • Catholic maintained schools in England and Wales employ 48,234 teachers, 38,415 support staff and educate 798,687 pupils.

Further Catholic school statistics can be found here: