Hexham and Newcastle Diocese - Diocesan Department for Education

News and Updates

Diocesan Academy Documentation January 2020

To access the new documentation, please visit the School's Policies page.

Diocesan Academy Policy 2019

The Diocesan Academy Policy has been revised with the aim that our Diocesan schools will become academies within one of four Diocesan education trusts by July 2022. Underpinning the Diocesan Academy Policy is the desire and need to ensure the promotion, preservation, protection and future development of Catholic education within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle so that it is fit for the mission of the Church.

To access the new documentation, please visit the School's Policies page.


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

Come and See

Spring 2020 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.

The God Who Speaks

Celebrating the Year of the Word in schools in the Dicoese of Hexham and Newcastle.

School Chaplains Induction and Mass

Bishop Robert welcomes new school chaplains with special Mass.

School chaplains met at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle for the celebration of Mass. Bishop Robert Byrne was the chief celebrant, assisted by the Dean, Fr. Michael McCoy. Bishop Robert reflected on the words of the Gospel reading for the day, 'The Parable of the Lost Sheep', in which Jesus tells us the shepherd leaves his ninety-nine sheep to find the one that is lost.

Each person is precious to God and as chaplains, God calls them to seek the lost.

Four new chaplains were inducted and welcomed to the Diocese; Bridgid Duffy of St. Benet Biscop, Bedlington, Rebecca Leighton of St. Michael’s, Billingham, Kasia Szczepanska of St. Aidan’s, Sunderland and David Harrison of St. Anthony’s, Sunderland.

Bishop Robert prayed for the chaplains and presented them with a Bible. His prayer asked God to guide the new chaplains and help them inspire young and old by their world and their example. The existing chaplains also stood to rededicate themselves to the role.