Letter from Bishop Alan Williams, sm – Bishop of Brentwood

Over the years, Catholic schools have made a significant contribution not just to the life of the Catholic Church, but also to the life of the nation as a whole. Catholic schools are places of great ethnic richness, they are characterised by tolerance, respect, a genuine spirit of enquiry and the search for truth. The education and formation that takes place in our Catholic schools is part of our contribution to the Common Good of society as a whole. Perhaps for these reasons and for the way children are cared for and valued, so many parents choose to send their children to a Catholic school.

Education is one of the most powerful weapons in combating poverty and in helping children to reach their full potential as human beings. So Catholic education is part of the Church’s effort to realise Christ’s desire for us all that we might “have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:9) This is achieved not just in the teaching of RE, but by a whole system of gospel-based values encompassing the way everyone relates to each other in all that we do and in extracurricular activities, in other words by the whole Catholic ethos of the school. Here we find a genuine means of exposing young people to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and of helping them to respond to Christ’s invitation to “follow me”.

I am particularly grateful for those who participate in Catholic education and who craft this great treasure. Parents who choose a Catholic school and often go the extra mile to contribute to its life and help in practical ways with the running of a school. Over the years our forefathers fought hard to establish and maintain Catholic Education in these lands. Now it is our turn to work together to ensure that Catholic Education is maintained, supported and enabled to grow and develop for the future generations of children across the Diocese of Brentwood.

Rt Rev Alan Williams, sm
Bishop of Brentwood

Letter from Robert Simpson – Diocesan Director of Education

I am delighted to be able to encourage you to apply for a place at your local Catholic primary school. Our Catholic schools foster values of honesty, respect and tolerance and encourage an atmosphere of high expectation conducive to hard work. At the same time, our schools are places where you will see Christ at the centre of the enterprise with a Catholic ethos that is palpable. Our teachers and support staff strive to enable all pupils to fulfil their potential, explore their individual talents and learn to appreciate, nurture and protect the world in which we live.

Learning opportunities are challenging and stimulating, both within the classroom and through a wide range of activities out of it. Each child is supported to grow in confidence and develop attitudes and skills to enable them to make a significant contribution to wider society. The education of the whole child is a fundamental principle that underpins the approach taken in our Catholic schools.

Making the decision about which school to send your child to is an extremely important one and I hope the information that you have received enables you to make an informed choice that is right for your child. I encourage you to visit your local Catholic school when you have the opportunity to do so, in order to feel the sense of warmth, commitment and excellence provided to our young people.

Our Catholic schools look forward to working with you because you are your child’s first, best and most important educator. They recognise that developing this partnership with you is crucial because with mutual understanding and shared responsibility towards achieving the best educational outcomes for your child we are more likely to succeed.

Robert Simpson
Director of Education


Maintained Schools
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St Joseph’s Primary School Barking
St Augustine’s Primary School Barkingside
St Anne Line Infant School Basildon
St Anne Line Junior School Basildon
St Teresa’s Primary School Basildon
St Vincent’s Primary School Becontree
Holy Family Primary School Benfleet
St Peter’s Primary School Billericay
St Francis Primary School Braintree
St Helen’s Infant School Brentwood
St Helen’s Junior School Brentwood
St Helen’s Primary School Canning Town
St Joseph’s Primary School Canvey Island
St Bede’s Primary School Chadwell Heath
Our Lady Immaculate Primary School Chelmsford
St Pius X Primary School Chelmsford
St Mary’s Primary School Chingford
St Clare’s Primary School Clacton-On-Sea
St Thomas More’s Primary School Colchester
St Patrick’s Primary School Collier Row
St Joachim’s Primary School Custom House
St Joseph’s Primary School Dagenham
St Peter’s Primary School Dagenham
The St Teresa’s Primary School Dagenham
St Michael’s Primary School East Ham
St Alban’s Primary School Elm Park
St Antony’s Primary School Forest Gate
St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School Grays
Holy Cross Primary School Harlow
St Alban’s Primary School Harlow
St Luke’s Primary School Harlow
St Ursula’s Primary School Harold Hill
St Joseph’s Primary School Harwich
St Mary’s Primary School Hornchurch
St Joseph the Worker Primary School Hutton
SS Peter & Paul’s Primary School Ilford
St Aidan’s Primary School Ilford
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School Leigh-On-Sea
St Teresa’s Primary School Lexden
St Joseph’s Infant School Leyton
St Joseph’s Junior School Leyton
St John Fisher Primary School Loughton
St Francis Primary School Maldon
St Winefride’s Primary School Manor Park
La Salette Primary School Rainham
Our Lady of Ransom Primary School Rayleigh
St Teresa’s Primary School Rochford
St Peter’s Primary School Romford
St Thomas More Primary School Saffron Walden
St George’s Primary School Shoeburyness
Sacred Heart Primary School & Nursery Southend-On-Sea
Holy Cross Primary School South Ockendon
St Joseph’s Primary School South Woodham Ferrers
The Bishops’ Primary School Springfield
St Joseph’s Primary School Stanford-Le-Hope
St Francis Primary School Stratford
St Mary’s Primary School Tilbury
St Joseph’s Primary School Upminster
St Edward’s Primary School Upton Park
Our Lady and St George’s Primary School Walthamstow
St Patrick’s Primary School Walthamstow
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School Wanstead
St Helen’s Primary School Westcliff-On-Sea
Holy Family Primary School Witham
St Antony’s Primary School Woodford Green
Independent Schools
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Loyola Preparatory School Buckhurst Hill
New Hall Preparatory School Chelmsford
St Philomena’s Primary School Frinton-On-Sea
St Mary’s Hare Park Primary School Gidea Park
Ursuline Preparatory School Ilford
Ursuline Preparatory School Warley


Special Schools
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St John’s School Woodford Bridge



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