Policies & Guidance

The Department for Education provides a range of policies and guidance, specifically tailored to the needs of voluntary aided schools to support those schools and governing boards. These include specific advice on Admissions and Senior Leadership Appointments, as informed by national policy and CES guidance:


As the admissions authority, each governing board has responsibility for drawing up their own admissions policy. To assist and provide consistency in this the Diocese issues guidance to all schools and colleges. To access the latest guidance please click Guidance on Admissions 2019.

Senior Leadership Appointments

All Senior Leadership appointments in diocesan Schools and Colleges are governed by the Bishops’ Memorandum, 2014. For this reason the diocesan Department for Education must be fully involved in the entire appointment process for these posts. To access the Bishops’ Memorandum click the following link Bishops of England & Wales Memorandum.

During the appointment process, Faith References are required from Parish Priest of the shortlisted candidates. Please click here for the “Faith and Character Reference” request from.