Corona Virus Update – Autumn Term 2020

In light of ongoing restrictions as a result of Covid-19 and the four week lockdown starting on 5th November, Brentwood Diocesan Education Service (BDES) will continue to offer a ‘blended approach’ to the delivery of our services and functions.  This means generally our work will be conducted remotely, but where it is safe and essential to do so we may still provide some face-to-face visits. Any school visits will of course need to be in line with schools’ own risk assessments.

All face-to-face training, celebrations and larger meetings are cancelled for the Autumn term 2020. Training is being rolled out virtually and meetings are also being held in this way.

We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause but we look forward to developing new ways to work with you in support of our Catholic schools.

Teaching in a friendly Diocese

Our Schools

The Diocese of Brentwood stretches from Harwich to Shoeburyness and Saffron Walden to Canning Town.

This comprises the County of Essex, five London Boroughs (Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Newham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, and two Unitary Authorities of Thurrock and Southend.

Much of the area of the Diocese is countryside, but most of the population is centred on London Boroughs and the major County towns.

If schools can mark themselves out as places where timeless values are taught, then they will be schools with a future.

Lord Alton

Our schools’ provision consists of 78 primary schools, including eight independent schools and 18 secondary schools including one independent school.

We are fortunate in having a special independent school catering for SEN students at both primary and secondary level.

An invitation to join us

In meeting the challenges of educating the future generations of this Diocese, I invite you to come and work with us. We are committed to providing for all our young people the experience of learning within a community of faith, supported by staff, governors, parents and Diocese, all of whom are deepening their understanding of God.

To achieve this, we must have dedicated practitioners who are enthusiastic about all that is best in both Christian life and tradition and sound teaching practice. We see education as an integral part of the Church’s mission to the world. Every teacher in our Diocese is active in the process of this mission.

In the words of a former pupil of this Diocese, Lord Alton: “If schools can mark themselves out as places where timeless values are taught, then they will be schools with a future.”

Director of Education Mr. Robert Simpson
Deputy Director of Education Mrs. Maria Shepherd

If you would like to know more about our Diocese and teaching posts currently available, please make contact using the details on the right.