The Department for Education

We Work to Help Catholic Children Succeed

In the Diocese of Shrewsbury the Bishop is assisted in his responsibilities for the planning, organisation and management of Catholic schools and colleges by the Diocesan Education Department through the work of the Diocesan Education Service and the Diocesan Commission for Schools and Colleges.

Their overall role is to promote the well being of all Catholic schools and colleges in the Diocese and, particularly, to support any that may be in difficulty.  They do so for the sake of all Catholic parents and children, and for the common good of the Catholic Community as a whole.

Based in the Curial Office, our Education Service team gives advice and support for school leadership, curriculum Religious Education, administration, and the appointment of staff and governors. Team members provide a liaison with the Catholic Education Service, other dioceses, central government and local authorities.

In carrying out their responsibilities on behalf of the Bishop, the Education Service and Commission are supported by the activities of the Catholic Education Service (CES).

As the National Agency for Education of the Bishops’ Conference, the Catholic Education Service is entrusted with the task of promoting and supporting at national level the interests of all those working in Catholic education in England and Wales as well as a duty of care to those being educated within Catholic provision.

The Diocese is also represented upon, and works closely with, the National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisers (NBRIA).

The Diocese is very much involved with the 11 local authorities within its boundaries.  Upon the latter falls the duty to ensure that sufficient schools are available for providing primary and secondary education.

Thus they hold the main responsibility for all maintained schools, including those within the Catholic Voluntary Aided Sector.  The Diocese works with the authorities individually to foster a spirit of co-operation and mutual support whilst maintaining the rights of advocacy on behalf of the different constituencies that each represents.

The concept embodied in legislation is of separate but collaborating bodies.  This means that, for the Catholic sector, dioceses are coordinate with, not subordinate to, local authorities. The Education Service works in close partnership with the eleven local authorities in the diocese so as to provide a credible network of Catholic schools for our Catholic children and their parents.