Hexham and Newcastle Diocese - Diocesan Department for Education

Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Department for Education


News and Updates

Laudato Si’

Many of our schools have been exploring Pope Francis’ encyclical, ‘Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home’ This display from St. Cuthbert’s Primary School, Chester-le-Street was part of their ‘Healthy Week’ work which focused on keeping our world healthy. Schools are invited to send us photos of their work on the encyclical and their call to stewardship of God’s creation.

New Chaplains

Five new schools chaplains have been inducted by Bishop Séamus. They are Julie Wilmore, St. Godric’s Primary School in Durham, Joshua Kelly, St. Benet Biscop School in Bedlington, Adam Morales, St. Joseph’s School in Hebburn, Donna Broxup, St. Cuthbert’s Primary School in Kenton, and Tercy Thomas, St. Aidan’s in Sunderland. They are pictured with Bishop Séamus and Fr. Michael McCoy who is responsible for school chaplaincy.

Course Booking

If you would like to book on any courses, please do so through the online booking system.

Photo Galleries

Come and explore the latest additions to the photo gallery.

Year of Mary

The theme of World Youth Day 2017 was taken from Our Lady’s song of praise, the Magnificat, ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’. Consequently we have decided to continue our ‘Year of …’ plans with a Year of Mary (primary - secondary) plan which can be found on the Year of Mary page.

Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Clergy Conference

The Diocesan Department for Education held the annual conference for Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Clergy at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead on 9 and 10 November 2017. The event was attended by 176 delegates and included keynote speeches on ‘The Mission of Catholic Schools in the World Today’ from Fr Paul Farren from the Diocese of Derry, and Fr Adrian Porter SJ, Director of the Jesuit Institute.

The conference closed with the celebration of Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral with Bishop Séamus as the main celebrant. This was also an opportunity to celebrate the retirement of Joe Hughes, Director of Education, and his 43 years of working in Catholic education.

The full album can be viewed through our gallery.

Revised Admission Arrangements for Diocesan Schools

Schools in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle are consulting on their admissions arrangements for 2019-20. Further information can be found here.


Information on all courses and the Continuing Professional Development and Formation Handbook for 2017-18 can be found here.

Come and See

Spring 2018 Planning and Resources are now available.

See also: www.comeandseere.co.uk