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What we do…

The department has three main roles:

Advise and act for the Bishop and trustees on all matters pertaining to schools and colleges.
Advise and support the schools of the diocese in carrying out their mission as Catholic schools.
Provide information and advice to the Catholic community on the provision of Catholic education and access to it.

Bishop Declan has a special message of thanks for all our Head Teachers in this time of Lockdown.

Time to Start School?

If you have a child born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, then now* is the time to apply for a place at a Catholic primary school in the Diocese. You must complete an application form (either online or on paper) that is available from the school admissions team of your local council, for admission during the 2022-23 school year.

If your child has been baptised, you must also provide a copy of the baptism certificate to your preferred school.

Late applicants have less chance of obtaining a place at their preferred school, so you should ensure you apply by the closing date of 15 January 2022 to try to get a place at your preferred Catholic school.

Visit the school admissions page on the website of your local council (or telephone it) for full details of how to apply.

*Except if you live in Gloucestershire, when you can apply via Gloucestershire County Council from 3 November 2021.

Dunstan Partnership presentations:

Please find below PowerPoints showing some of the wonderful Chaplaincy work that has taken place in schools across the Dunstan Partnership.


Here you will find updates from the Director and all Newsletters


Resources for Governors

R E Teaching Resources

Find resources for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Chaplaincy


Find out about all the courses we offer

RE Inspections

Here you will find Denominational Reports (S48) for all our schools


Find out about our partnerships

October is the month of the Rosary

October 7th is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary and the month of October is traditionally the month of the rosary. Our Lady encouraged people to say the Rosary when appeared to them, promising her special protection and the greatest graces. Saint Francis de Sales said that the greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.

On the PowerPoint presentations you will find information about Our Lady and the Rosary. There are prayers you can say, reflections and activities you can do to guide you as you pray to Our Lady.

When you pray the Rosary you learn about the life of Jesus and it brings you closer to God

Presentations here

Ideas for celebrating Black Saints

We can learn so much from saints, people who have chosen to follow God’s direction in their lives.

Each of these black saints is a role model. Some were slaves and were treated cruelly by their masters, some were abused because of the colour of their skin.

Each of them encountered God and then spent their lives being an inspiration to others. I hope you find their stories as moving as I did.


Presentations here

Meet the staff

Here we are:

Director for Schools and Colleges

Mrs Colleen Collett B.Ed,

RE Adviser

Ms Louise White,

Departmental Officer

Mrs Jenny Fitzgerald,

Mr Graham Tiley

Governance Officer

Mr Bill McEntee,

Schools Partnership Officer

Mr Paul Kehoe,