Together they provide education and faith formation for almost 32,000 pupils from age 5 to 18.
There are approximately 31,000 children and young people in the seventy Catholic schools of the Diocese of Portsmouth. In the Diocese there one first school, forty five primary schools, one middle school, eight secondary schools, one all-through school and fourteen independent schools. The children and young people in our schools are central to the life of the diocese. The Catholic Academies and Schools Office works to ensure that our schools have the teachings of Christ and his Church at their centre enabling pupils to receive the very best educational opportunities and life fulfilling experiences “in order that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Portsmouth Diocese is located in southern England working with 13 local education authorities, including Hampshire, Southampton, Oxford and Portsmouth, as well as the States of Guernsey and Jersey.
57% of the pupils are Catholic with the rest coming from other Christian traditions (27%), other faiths (7%) or none (9%). We are blessed with pupils and staff from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We welcome and value them all.
In Portsmouth Diocese the work of the schools come under the Vicariate for Education and Chaplaincy which is led by Canon PJ Smith, Episcopal Vicar for Education and Chaplaincy.
All schools, whether maintained or independent, are divided into geographical partnership areas; many of which are named after a patron saint. The partnerships work together to share good practice, support one another and foster a sense of belonging. Many of the partnership areas share their name with the Catholic Academy Trust that schools in that area will join if they wish or are directed to become an Academy.