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Schools Bulletin : July 2011
posted on 26 July 2011
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Episcopal Ordination of Fr John Sherrington
The Archbishop would like all schools to be represented at the Episcopal ordination which will take place in Westminster Cathedral on September 14th. You will receive a ticket to the ordination from Archbishops House shortly. Unfortunately, tickets have been limited to one per school because space is limited in the Cathedral as a result of building works. If you, your Chair of Governors or other designated representative, are unable to attend the ordination, please contact a neighbouring school to see if they would like to use the ticket.

In the June bulletin reference was made to a Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Friday October 7th 2011 at 1.45 p.m. Please accept this as a formal invitation to you, together with two pupils of your choice, to attend this concelebrated Mass. (If you personally are unable to attend please ask another member of your senior staff to attend in your place.)
The occasion is to mark the close of the Year of Catholic Education and launch the Olympic Truce of One Hundred Days of Peace for the London Olympics. All schools from the three Catholic dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster are invited and Archbishop Vincent Nichols will concelebrate the Mass with Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark and Mgr. George Stokes (representing Bishop McMahon) of Brentwood. The Mass will begin at 1.45 p.m. but I would ask that you arrive well in time and be seated for 1.15 p.m. at the latest. Mass will end by 3.00 p.m.
Please watch the video of Archbishop Vincent issuing his personal invitation to this Mass on: (link Year of Catholic Education and 100 Days of Peace). On leaving the Cathedral each school and college will be presented with a resource publication entitled Release Peace inviting your school community to engage in promoting peace locally and globally. It is what Archbishop Vincent refers to as a Training in Virtues. Please register your attendance with your two pupils with Margaret Theissl on:
There will be an exhibition of work celebrating the Year of Catholic Education in Westminster Cathedral from Friday 30 September to Friday 7 October 2011. If your school has produced any visual display we would very much like to use it for this exhibition in the chapels of St George and St Joseph in the Cathedral. If you have such a display please contact Yvonne Govan at:
Paul Barber

Support Staff in Hertfordshire: Terms and Conditions
Last week the Diocese attended a meeting with representatives of the County Council HR departments and the Anglican Diocese of St Albans in order to work towards a common position on this matter. More detailed guidance will be made available to Head Teachers and Chairs of Governors shortly, once it is agreed between us. However, the important thing that has been agreed with County straight away is that the implementation date for the County changes is April 2012 and, therefore, governing bodies do not need to make any decisions before the Autumn term. Guidance will be available before a final decision has to be made, and this advice will include a timetable.
For further information please contact Paul Barber by email at or on 020 7798 9005

Outgoing Headteachers
We give thanks for the service of all our headteachers, support staff and governors who are leaving our schools and colleges at the end of this school year.  We pray for their fulfilment and that their lives will continue to speak of a life of faith and service:

Miss Mary Carney (retiring) St Mary Magdalen Catholic Junior School, Willesden Green
Mrs Helen Connolly (retiring) St Mary of the Angels Primary School, Bayswater
Mrs Geraldine Cartwright (retiring) - St Margaret Clitherow Primary, Stevenage
Mr Mike Lyons (retiring) St Theresas Primary School, Finchley
Mrs Marybelle Morrissey (retiring) Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, North Finchley
Mrs Maureen Ruane (retiring) Sacred Heart Primary School, Whetstone
Mrs Mella Waterhouse (retiring) Our Lady of Lourdes Primary, Stonebridge
Miss Joan Harte Mount Carmel Primary School, Ealing
Miss Pauline Williams (retiring) Maria Fidelis Convent School, Camden
Mr Simon Uttley St Pauls College, Sunbury-on-Thames

CPD Booklet 2011-2012
The Diocesan CPD Booklet 2011-2012 will be sent to all schools as soon as it is published which will now be during the summer holidays.  All schools will be sent two copies and it will also be available on the Diocesan website. Before the end of term the draft booklet with the planned schedule of dates will be sent to all schools ahead of publication to assist planning. 
Please contact Maureen Roe email

Succession Planning Good News
National College for School Leadership Wave 5 Targeted Support
The Leadership and Succession Planning for schools with a Religious character will continue into the next academic year 2011-2012.  It brings direct funding to dioceses on a regional basis working in collaboration with our colleagues in the Church of England sector and a National College Associate for Succession Planning.  Next year funding will be directed towards two specific groups and courses.
(1) Moving Up Post NPQH for those aspiring to lead a Catholic School and applying for headship within twelve to eighteen months.  The course will probably be a two day residential towards the end of January (dates will be confirmed and fliers for applications will be available at the start of the new year).
(2) Moving Forwards Pre NPQH for those aspiring to lead a Catholic School and considering applying for Pre NPQH within twelve to eighteen months.  The course dates will be between January and June spread over five separate days (fliers for applications will be available in September).

All applicants will be required to provide a brief statement (200 words maximum) detailing current responsibilities and aspirations within the next two years.  At this stage it would be helpful just to have a register of interest.  Some names have already been gathered through the Primary Deputy Head Forums.
Please contact Greeny Longville on 020 7798 9005 to register interest or email the Education Department on  Places will be limited so register your interest early.

National Leaders of Education
More than 100 headteachers have been appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.  It brings the total of NLES to just over 600 and this is set to rise to 1,000 by 2014.

NLES use their success and professionalism as school leaders, along with staff in their school designated a National Support School to provide additional leadership capacity. School to school support is having a growing impact across the education system.  It is important, therefore, that we have more trained NLES in our Diocese and in Catholic Education generally.  To find out more check the College website

We also need more of our Heads to train as Professional Partners.  The Diocese was part of the original pilot but we need more Professional Partners in the Diocese.  Professional Partners work with newly appointed headteachers as part of the Head Start programme.  Again, please check the National College website.  It is important that once you become an NLE or Professional Partner that you inform the Diocese by emailing Greeny Longville at

Responding to a new requirement of Ofqual, NOCN will be writing to all schools and colleges that enter students for their qualification in General Religious Education to sign a general terms and conditions agreement. While we have yet to see the precise wording, we are assured that there is no intention to use this to change the present relationship between NOCN and schools and colleges. NOCN have led us to believe that all examination boards will be making similar requests, in line with Ofqual requirements.
If you have any questions about this, please contact Peter Ward,

New Translation of the Mass
Following the three successful conferences that introduced the changes and resources available to support the New Translation of the Mass, specific resources are being prepared to support teaching about the Mass in Religious Education in both primary and secondary schools. Work is proceeding well and they should be available on the Education website before the end of August.
If you have any questions about this, please contact Peter Ward,

Governing Bodies
All foundation governors at schools in the Trusteeship of the Diocese whose term of office finishes at the end of this academic year should by now have received a letter asking whether they wish to be reappointed for a further term of office, if they meet the criteria for reappointment, both specific and general. If any governors to whom this applies have not received such a letter, please contact this office to ensure that one is sent.
Could all governing bodies ensure that they include in the business agenda of the first meeting of the Autumn Term the re adoption or adoption of their Complaints Procedure (it is strongly advised that this should be the Diocesan Complaints Procedure). They should also adopt/re-adopt the CES Personnel Procedures on Discipline, Grievance, Sickness and Absence and Capability. The procedures are all available on the Diocesan website
Contact Monica Fuller 0207 798 9005 or email

Catholic Childrens Society Dates for Schools
Walk a Mile 2011 Pilgrimage                Wednesday 5th October.
Carol Services 2011                             11am & 2pm Tuesday 6th December
Westminster Cathedral
Good Shepherd Masses 2012    11am & 2pm Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Westminster Cathedral
Celebrant for both masses: Archbishop Vincent Nichols

Please also see the attached Training Flyer for the CCS
For further information please contact: Dr Rosemary Keenan Phone  020 8969 5305

Good News Slot
(Please note: this section of the bulletin consists of good news which have been sent in from schools around the diocese.  It may well be that others have achieved similar awards or success and, if so, we congratulate them too!)
Congratulations to St Edmunds Primary, Enfield for being re-accredited with the Healthy Schools Award and were also awarded with the NACE Challenge Award; St John Fisher Primary School, Ealing whose school team won the finals of the Westminster Abbey Bible Quiz. This Quiz celebrated the 400th Anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. Each contestant won 15.00 and the school received 250.00 to spend on Religious Education resources; St Bernadettes Primary School, London Colney, St Michaels High School, Watford and St Elizabeths Primary, Bethnal Green for being awarded the 2011 BCSE Award for Excellence in Provision of Sports Facilities; St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School for being awarded National Support School Status and the Headteacher, Paul Rincon is now recognised as a National Leader in Education; John F Kennedy Secondary School, St Albans, Headteacher, Bernadette Jenkins has been awarded Headteacher of the Year Award in her region from Pearsons Teaching Award

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Mike Pittendreigh
Asst Director of Education
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