This document, which was approved at the Bishops' Conference Plenary meeting in May, outlines the distinctive nature of Catholic education. It also explains the way in which Catholic schools work in partnership with the Government to provide outstanding academic standards, a diverse education and a cohesive and welcoming environment for all.
1 in 10 schools
Catholic schools make up 10% of the national total of schools in England and Wales.
There are 2245 Catholic schools in England and Wales.
845,762 pupils are educated in Catholic schools in England and Wales.
The Catholic Education Service is the Bishops' agency for education in England and Wales.
In England, 33.5% of pupils in Catholic primary schools are from ethnic minority backgrounds (27.6% nationally).
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%.
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).