Catholicity of Catholic Schools Some Statistics

British Religion in Numbers (BRIN) have an interesting post looking at the Catholicity of Catholic schools in the UK.

Here’s a few stats relating to Catholic schools; but do hop over to BRIN for further comment and analysis:

…..the number of students educated in Catholic schools rose from 781,400 in 2009 to 784,800 in 2010, while these schools attracted around 4% more students from ethnic minority backgrounds than did maintained schools as a whole.


Overall, 71% of pupils in maintained Catholic schools in England and Wales in 2010 were Catholic, defined as having been ‘baptised or received into the Catholic Church’.

The figure for Catholic sixth form colleges was only 50% and for Catholic independent schools 41%. The diocesan low was in Plymouth, where 46% of primary and 43% of secondary pupils were Catholics.

Nationally, 19% of maintained Catholic schools had more than one-half non-Catholic pupils in 2010 compared with 14% in 2009. A sign of the times was that, in respect of school uniform policy, 61% of schools made allowances for pupils of other faiths (against just 24% in 2009).

The proportion of teachers in maintained Catholic schools and colleges identifying themselves as Catholics was 56% (against 58% in 2007), falling to 45% in secondary schools, with 43% in Catholic independent schools.

In diocesan terms, the highest number of Catholic teachers was in Liverpool (67%) and the lowest in East Anglia (36%). 18% of teachers in maintained Catholic schools held the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies. 52% of education support staff in maintained Catholic schools were Catholic (37% in secondary schools alone).

6 comments on this post.
  1. Ben Trovato:

    Interesting. But where are the stats on the Catholicity or lapsation of pupils at the end of the process? Surely that’s the important data!

  2. webmaster:

    Gosh yes, I’d be fascinated to see some stats on that!

  3. Anthony S. Layne:

    I take it that British law forbids Catholic school administrators from discriminating against non-Catholic teachers in hiring and retention …?

  4. Gordon:

    In Scotland I think its the case that a Hindu or Muslim can attend a Catholic School if there is space once all the catholic population are catered for. The same for Christian children provided they have been baptised. So you have an anomaly where a baptist child or a pentecostal child would have more difficulty getting into a catholic school than a presbyterian or episcopalian child.

  5. edgware1:

    Well, you needn’t worry Stuart – by the time your lad gets to the sixth form you’ll probably have left the RC fold, as seems to be your wont… It is interesting, looking through your blog, that you can already detect the first hints of dabbling with Orthodoxy… which just might be your next port of call once you tire of the RCs (as you have done with several other denominations…). Gyrovague is I think what Benedict terms such behaviour. I suspect Islam might be your destination…

  6. Caral:

    That’s interesting Edgware 1.

    Funny though, as Stuart has only really been involved with one Christian denomination over the years and that is the CofE, which of course has close ties theologically with Orthodoxy. I expect you are getting yourself confused with his experience and involvement of many churches of varying flavours, which is to be expected when one is a diocesan ecumenical officer.