Life at Diocese of Middlesbrough Life at Diocese of Middlesbrough Life at Diocese of Middlesbrough

Welcome to the Schools’ Service of Middlesbrough

The Bishop's Vision for Education is
'to make Christ known and loved through the provision of excellent Catholic education and schools intent on finding Christ in their daily lives and sharing that encounter with others.' 

The Diocese is home to 53 schools and academies providing Catholic education to 18,188 children and young people. In addition to this, Ampleforth College and Independent Catholic School is also situated within the Diocesan boundary

The Diocese covers a large historic geographical area, with schools and academies in the 7 Local Authority areas of Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Stockton on Tees, North Yorkshire, York, East Riding and Kingston upon Hull.

All but one of ours schools are members of a Diocesan Catholic Academy Trusts: The three Diocesan Trusts are:

Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust in the north of the Diocese, St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust in the centre, and St Cuthbert's Roman Catholic Academy Trust in the south of the Diocese.

Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey provides Catholic schools to help him as first educator of the Diocese in his mission of making Christ known to all people. The Bishop also provides Catholic schools to support parents who at their child’s baptism accepted the responsibility to raise their child in the Catholic faith.  Finally, the Bishop provides Catholic schools to be a service to their local church, parish and Christian home and to ensure the children and young people who attend Catholic schools give such service to the wider society. It is the mission of all Diocesan schools to contribute to the creation of a society that is highly educated, skilled and cultured making a contribution to the common good of society and its culture.

Whilst we seek to ensure our children and young people develop spiritually, Diocesan schools must educate the whole child, ensuring all our children also achieve their full academic potential.        

It is important then that at the end of the last academic year (2020-21), 85% of Diocesan schools were judged by Ofsted to be providing Good or Outstanding education with the remaining schools already making rapid progress in readiness for further inspection in the near future.  This percentage of good and outstanding schools is in line with the picture for all schools nationally.  In relations to their Diocesan inspections, which separately looks at RE, Collective Worship and Catholic Life, as expected are a greater proportion, 92% of schools, were judged to be good or better in their last inspection report.

We can measure how well our Catholic schools perform in many ways but I know that I have entered an excellent Catholic school from the sense of joy I feel as I walk around and hear the interaction and excitement between young people and their teachers.

When the children and young people are proud to show you their books and eager to explain what they are learning. When they talk freely and openly of Jesus’s love for them and the values he asks them to live their own life by, tolerance, friendship, forgiveness. What really shines out in Diocesan schools is this sense of joy and hope for the future we give our children and young people. Hope based on the fact Jesus loves them and he will be by their side throughout their life, in good times and bad. It is the same for adults who work in and support our schools. The joy of being part of a Catholic school is to share the good news of God’s love for us.

I hope you find the information provided both informative and interesting and thank you for your interest in Catholic education in the Diocese of Middlesbrough.

Kevin Duffy
Diocesan Schools Commissioner