Hexham and Newcastle Diocese - Diocesan Department for Education

Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Department for Education

News and Updates

Youth Friday 2019

Throughout the Diocese on 22 November all pupils will gather in our Catholic schools to celebrate Youth Friday. This is the Friday before Youth Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King. On this day that we remember our Diocesan youth service which serves children and young people across our region through school missions, school festivals, retreats at Emmaus Village and through sharing their faith with us. Youth Friday is our opportunity to pray for them, to fundraise for them and to say thank you to them for all their work.

The Youth Friday theme this year is ‘You were born significant’. It is taken from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation ‘Christus Vivit’ – ‘Christ is alive’ which is addressed to young people. The National Youth Sunday website has resources available for our Secondary schools. The Primary school lesson plan, which explores the message of Christus Vivit, and Primary liturgy are now available. The powerpoint to accompany the lesson plan will be sent directly to schools.

Consultation for Admissions 2021-2022

The following Diocesan Schools are proposing changes to their admissions arrangements for 2021-2022. Please follow the links below to review the proposed changes to their policies:

St. Patricks RC Primary School, Fairfield, Stockton–on–Tees

Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Fenham, Newcastle

St. Thomas More Catholic High School, Blaydon

Come and See

Autumn 2019 Planning and Resources are now available.

See also: www.comeandseere.co.uk

The new Primary Education Resources are also available.

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.

Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Clergy Conference and Mass 2019

Headteachers Conference and Mass 2019

The annual Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Clergy Conference was held at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead on 7-8 November 2019 and was attended by 165 delegates. The theme of the conference was ‘The God Who Speaks’. Fr Paul Farren, Dean of St Eugene’s Cathedral and Director of the Catechetical Centre from the Diocese of Derry, and Katie Prejean McGrady, an international speaker from Louisiana USA, were the two keynote speakers. Bishop Robert was present for the conference and he was the main celebrant at the end of conference Mass that was held in St Mary’s Cathedral. Thanks to Star of the Sea RC Primary School, Whitley Bay who led the opening liturgy and Carmel College – A Catholic Academy, Darlington who provided the music for Mass.


Information on all courses and the Continuing Professional Development and Formation Handbook for 2019-20 can be found here.