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 Please click here to view a letter from Dr Simon Hughes regarding Everyone is invited.


Proposed closure of St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School.

Please click here to view to view the consultation document.


Press Release – 17th May 2021

Officers of the Archdiocese of Southwark were disappointed to receive, on 13 May 2021, the Planning Inspector’s decision on the appeals against the refusal of planning permission at Our Lady and St Philip Neri School, Sydenham and the appeal against the complementary Enforcement Notice. The further announcement today of refusal of our costs applications is also disappointing. Officers are working with the school, the governing body and independent expert and legal advisors to consider the appropriate responses including a legal challenge. In any event officers of the Archdiocese will continue to attempt to work with the local planning authority to achieve an agreed solution given that the Council’s own proposed scheme was also rejected by the planning inspector.

We recognise that public communications about this matter will be of concern to parents, pupils and staff and wish to offer them our reassurance that we will continue to do everything in our power to limit the impact on the school and the pupils’ education.


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Emerging Strategy

To download the latest version of the education strategy click here
To download the latest version of the headline strategy click here
To download the intended flow chart for appointing governors click here
To download a paper setting out a vision for Remarkable Catholic schools click here
To download a paper setting out the Archdiocese’s approach to academisation from 2019 onwards, click here


Important Communication regarding Denominational Inspections

The Diocese is able to confirm that Catholic school inspections will recommence in the autumn term 2021 under the old framework. The Diocese will participate in the pilot of the New Framework and will adopt the New Framework for all inspections from September 2022.


Bereavement Resources

Regrettably some children and staff members are going to experience bereavement at this time. Please click here for resources to support them.