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The Department for Education oversees the work of schools and colleges across the Diocesan footprint. This equates to 65,000 young people educated in 165 primary schools, 30 secondary schools and 4 sixth form colleges. The remaining number of our 208 schools comprise of 11 independent schools and a Diocesan 11-18 special school. Around 1,500 Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop to assist with Governance.

Current Information

The Celebrate North West family conference takes place on April 27-28 at All Hallows College, Macclesfield.

The conference is a two-day event packed full of interesting and thought provoking experiences that help to engage and encourage the faith of all ages by offering an all-age, exciting, faith-building experience.

For further information, please phone Chris and Martina on 01706 640 359, or email

You can find further inforamation on their website by visiting:-

Over the coming weeks and months there will be concerted focus by the Bishop and wider diocese to promote the protection of our common home.  With this in mind, you are encouraged to think about how we can care for our planet at work.

Some of our schools have some fantastic ideas about how we can reduce, reuse or recycle items to lessen our impact on the environment.

St Peter’s RC High School

“In response to your call to parishes encouraging to schools to be a part of caring for our environment as good Stewards of God’s Creation, we have a dedicated team of pupils from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 who have led much of this action themselves, including presentations to our staff and governors and environmental training of both adults and primary links pupils.”

Please see the below summary of what what St Peter’s have been putting into place…

Eco Schools Work at St Peter’s R.C High

St Ambrose RC High School

“We have created a teaching resource in response to Bishop John’s Pastoral Letter, calling us to think global and act local with regards to the environment and “care for our common home”.

Please see the below summary of what what St Ambrose have been putting into place…

Enviro-LENT Pledge
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This year’s conference was a roaring success and we have been receiving some wonderful feedback.

We were privileged enough to have the inspiring Fr Adrian Porter and David Wells speak to our delegates in what was a very busy two days, rounded off with Bishop John Arnold’s motivating reassurance. Notwithstanding that, we had a harem of excellent guest keynote speakers including Paul Hutchinson from Corrymeela and two excellent headteachers, Ed Conway and Juile-Anne Tallon speaking to us about their own personal experiences. All was documented by the very talented More Than Minutes, as you can see, who did a wonderful job at bringing our conference to life.


If you attended the conference and have not yet left any feedback you can do so by visiting:-


New Research Report published by co-authors Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle and Fr Des Seddon entitled “CCRS Twenty-Five Years On: One Size Fits All?” takes up this question and shows that one of the main vehicles over the last 25 years called the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) has made a huge impact on peoples’ personal, spiritual and professional lives. More than 20,000 adults across England and Wales have taken the course since 2000 in order to further their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, many of whom work in our Catholic schools and parishes. While the research affirms the role and contribution of the CCRS to adult formation and celebrates all that has been achieved, it also raises timely and important questions to be considered.

You can view the publication in full by clicking here.

Research findings come from course participants as well as from interviews with bishops, diocesan education directors, head teachers and those who provide CCRS in their local area. The report gives hard evidence of the continuing need for adult theological literacy and the vast majority of participants greatly value the course and would recommend it to others. The research also identifies concerns about the type of curriculum that is needed and how best to enable adult learning with clear theological purpose and practical relevance for today. The report makes a number of recommendations for church authorities to consider but looks ahead with confidence to the next 25 years.

Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle, Director of the Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University, who led the research project says, “It was a privilege to undertake this research. I was inspired by the many individual stories of how the CCRS has impacted on peoples’ spiritual and professional lives. I was also challenged by the needs, perceptions and expectations that people bring to their experience of faith and stimulated, as a result, to see how lay Catholics today can grow in theological thinking that is relevant to our times.”

Fr Des Seddon, Chairman of the Board of Religious Studies of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, affirms the importance of the research report and says, “The recommendations will provide the Board of Studies with a way forward for the next Phase of developments for the CCRS.  I would like to express my thanks to all those who were involved in the research.”