We believe that education enables young people to learn more about themselves, about God and creation. Our Schools Department aims to ensure that all schools are able to offer an education that develops all aspects of the human person: spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual. We want every student to journey into a fuller understanding of their faith within a supportive Christian environment. Every young person should have an educational experience which encourages and recognise positive achievement, sets high standards and nurtures success.
Catholic Academies and Schools Office (CASO)
The Catholic Academies and Schools Office, led by the Director of Schools, ensures on behalf of the Bishop (cf. CIC 803.1) that all the Catholic schools of our Diocese (independent, maintained voluntary aided and maintained academies) operate as ‘Catholic schools’ in accordance with both canon and civil law.
Schools and parishes are the two principle agencies of the mission of the Church in our diocese and the Department seeks to develop our schools as key diocesan tools of evangelisation in union with the local parishes, pastoral areas and deaneries. It promotes and develops all aspects of the Catholic nature of our schools, providing direction and advice on educational matters. The Department promotes excellence in Catholic education in all diocesan schools, especially in religious education, collective worship and religious education resources, all of which are at the heart of the curriculum and purpose of a Catholic school.