1 in 10 schools

Catholic schools make up 10% of the national total of schools in England and Wales.

2257 schools

There are 2257 Catholic schools in England and Wales.

838,756 Pupils

838,756 pupils are educated in Catholic schools in England and Wales.

Bishops' Agency

The Catholic Education Service is the Bishops' agency for education in England and Wales.

Diverse communities

In England, 33.5% of pupils in Catholic primary schools are from ethnic minority backgrounds (27.6% nationally). 

Excellent GCSEs

At GCSE, Catholic schools outperform the national average by 5%.

High SATs scores

In England, Catholic schools outperform the national average English and Maths KS2 SATs scores by 6%.

Outstanding schools

In England, 74.7% of Catholic primary schools are judged good or outstanding by Ofsted (64% nationally).

Serving the poor

In England, 20% of pupils at Catholic secondary schools live in the most deprived areas (17% nationally).

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Diverse communities


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