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Catholic Independent Schools' Conference
The Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference is a dynamic and forward-thinking family of schools with members in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Gibraltar, Italy and Singapore. There are 135 schools in CISC and the number is growing. In total, CISC schools educate more than 40,000 pupils from nursery age through to eighteen.
CISC exists to:
• support our members and promote the leadership of our schools
• develop communication and resources to support Catholic education
• develop training opportunities for CISC schools and the wider Catholic community
• coordinate opportunities for students in CISC schools and the wider Catholic community
• develop and extend the partnerships which promote Catholic education
There is a wide variety of types of school in CISC, with co-educational, single-sex, day, boarding, junior, prep, senior and all-through. We also have in our family of schools ten special schools (two independent and eight non-maintained special schools) serving a wide range of complex needs from profound physical disability to visual impairment and autism.
There are two categories of Members: Full Members and Associate Members.
Full Members
Full Members may be invited by the Committee to take up membership. He/She will be the Head or Principal of a school which satisfies the following seven conditions:
a) The school shall be recognised by the local Catholic bishop as being Catholic.
b) The school shall have been recognised as a charitable foundation by the Charity Commissioners.
c) The school shall be independent.
d) The school shall be in the United Kingdom.
e) The school shall have been subjected to a nationally accredited inspection and found to be in good standing.
f) The expectation is that the Head of the school will be a practising Catholic. Where governors appoint a Head who is not Catholic, CISC will expect governors to provide training and support for the Head to enable the Head to lead a Catholic school, and will assist them in doing so.
g) Only full members attend the AGM.
Associate Members
Associate Members may be invited by the Chairman to take up membership, but do not attend the AGM. The following are eligible for associate membership:
a) Heads of proprietary-owned schools, which meet the conditions of Full Membership apart from not being recognised by the Charity Commissioners as a charitable foundation.
b) Retired Full Members.
c) Catholics, and other Christians, who are in sympathy with the aims of CISC.
d) Heads of Foundation or Voluntary-Aided schools, which meet the conditions of Full Membership, apart from not being recognised by the Charity Commissioners as a charitable foundation.
e) Heads of Catholic independent schools outside the United Kingdom.
For more information on joining as a Member, please contact Raymond Friel, email: info@catholicindependentschools.com.
Officers for 2017–2018
Chair: Ms Antonia Beary, MPhil – Mayfield School
Vice Chair: Mr Michael Connolly, BSc, BA, MA, MEd – Cranmore School
Treasurer: Mr Antony Hudson, MA, PGCE, NPQH – St George's Junior School
Mrs Sarah Conrad, BA Hons, PGCE, NPQH – St Teresa's Prep School
Mr Michael Kennedy, BSc, MA, NPQH, CChem, MRSC – St Mary's College Crosby
Mr James Murphy-O’Connor, MA – Prior Park College
Mr Stephen Oliver, BA, MLitt – Our Lady's Abingdon
Dr Richard Robinson, BA Hons, CCRS, MA, EdD – St Bede’s College
Dr John Patterson – St Vincent’s School
Mrs Hilary Blake, BA Jt Hons, PGCE – Sacred Heart School
General Secretary: Mr Raymond Friel, MA Hons, NPQH
Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference
17 Rossiters Hill, Frome, Somerset BA11 4AL
Tel: 07949 394925 • email: info@catholicindependentschools.com