Standards


Standards in the Diocese of Nottingham

The Diocese of Nottingham oversees 84 (69 primary and 15 secondary) schools spread over five counties and previously worked with 12 local authorities. The Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Education Service began its work in 2012 and its purpose is to support the development of Catholic education in schools and academies throughout the Diocese of Nottingham. At present, there are 11 Catholic Academy Trusts in the diocese and 4 academies which are sponsored directly by the NRCDES. As of January 2017, 27 remain as voluntary-aided schools.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the DfE and the Catholic Church (published in April 2016) outlines the protocols which will govern the working relationship between the Church and the DfE (the Regional Schools Commissioners). It states that ‘RSCs and dioceses will be expected to seek to share information about Catholic schools at the earliest opportunity, in particular any concerns about underperformance’. (Memorandum of Understanding, p5)

As an integral part of its educational vision for the holistic formation of children and young people, the Catholic Church expects its schools and academies to promote and uphold high academic standards. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have reminded all those involved in Catholic education that:

“The Catholic Church in England and Wales is rightly proud of the high academic standards achieved in so many Catholic schools. However it is aware that some schools fall short of the standard expected by both Government and Church (cf. Can. 806 §25). Therefore the Bishops' Conference mandates the Catholic Education Service for England and Wales (CES) to develop strategies alongside Diocesan Schools Commissions and within the wider Catholic sector to ensure that Catholic Schools in difficulty can be helped to improve rapidly so as to offer an excellent Catholic education to our children.”

Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, Academic Standards in Catholic Schools (2011) (Memorandum of Understanding, p15)

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

  • Standards
  • Sponsored Academies
  • Finance and Staffing


Standards Committee Terms of Reference


Members of the Primary NRCDES Standards Committee: 2017-18

NRCDES Directors:

James McGeachie (Chair)

Rev Martin Hardy

David Wilson

Associate Members:

Fionuala Boucher

Martin Fitzwilliam

Ann Glynn-Jones

Greg Hughes

Anita Blake

Moira Dales

NRCDES Staff:



Company Secretary:

Peter Giorgio

Chris Maher

Neil Weightman

Members of the Secondary NRCDES Standards Committee: 2017-18

NRCDES Directors:

James McGeachie (Chair)

Brenda Carson

Rev Martin Hardy

David Wilson

Associate Members:

Chris Davies

Clive Wright

Sean McClafferty

NRCDES Staff:



Company Secretary:

Peter Giorgio

Chris Maher

Neil Weightman