Sponsored Academies


Sponsored Academies

The Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Education Service (NRCDES) was created in 2011 and is committed to challenging and supporting all of its schools to become good and outstanding.

“We remember that the primary purpose of Catholic schools is the promotion of the Common Good through the education of children.”

Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon OP, Chair of the CESEW, January 2010

The NRCDES will bring added drive, expertise and capacity to any low performing schools within the diocese by acting as a sponsor where this is necessary or by arranging for one of the multi-academy trusts (MATs) within the diocese to take on the sponsorship of a school.

The NRCDES is particularly determined to play a pivotal role in supporting its schools serving the most disadvantaged communities in order to improve the life chances of pupils and to raise the aspirations of their families in order that the young people have the opportunities they need to enable them to achieve their potential and to live life to the full.

“…education is not and must never be considered as purely utilitarian. It is about forming the human person, equipping him or her to live life to the full – in short it is about imparting wisdom.”

Pope Benedict XVI, September 2010

Catholic schools are diverse and active communities which readily work in partnership with other organisations and groups.Schools in the diocese are passionate about working together to support each other and are striving to achieve excellence for all.By working together with the NRCDES, whether as part of MATs or as voluntary-aided schools, the ambition we all share is to develop our capacity and the opportunity for children, teachers, staff, parents and parish communities to work together to drive school improvement and to meet the challenges of the future so that all of our schools are at least good and many are outstanding.Sharing the diverse range of our experience and expertise from our schools across the diocese through focused and strategic MAT and other partnerships will build and develop our capacity for improvement.In this way, we will meet the requirement set out in Canon Law that:

Directors of Catholic schools are to take care under the watchfulness of the local ordinary that the instruction which is given in them is at least as academically distinguished as that in the other schools of the area. Canon 806 §2 (Code of Canon Law)

In order to assist the work of the NRCDES, the Board of Directors has established three sub-committees:

  • Standards
  • Sponsored Academies
  • Finance and Staffing


Sponsored Academies Committee Terms of Reference


Members of Sponsored Academies Committee: 2017-18:

NRCDES Directors:

Bernard Monaghan (Chair)

Reg Carter

Rev Martin Hardy

Gerry Hirst

Laura O’Brien

Associate Member:

Bryan Lowe

NRCDES Staff:



Company Secretary:

Peter Giorgio

Chris Maher

Neil Weightman