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The National School of Formation


As Catholic educators pursue their true mission and core purpose in schools, many are encountering a growing tension between national education policy and their intentions and aspiration for children and young people.  


The National School of Formation has been established to support the call for more effective ad appropriate provision for Headteachers and Governors to realise the true mission of the Church in education.


The National School of Formation is a programme and vehicle to:


  • Support the personal and spiritual development of leaders in education for the renewal of society.
  • explore ways of developing the vision and mission for Catholic education.
  • be a powerful voice for Catholic educators in local and national forums.


"The mission of the Church is to evangelize, for the interior transformation and the renewal of humanity.  For young people, the school is one of the ways for this evangelization to take place".


The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School, 1988 #66


Formation Programmes available for 2020 - 2021

Heads, Directors & Chairs of Governors - Formation programme

Senior Leaders & Experienced Governors (Deputy and Assistant Heads) - 28th & 29th September 2020

Teachers & Governors New to Catholic Education - 16th & 17th June 2021


* See links below for further information*


The 2019 - 2020 National School of Formation - Dates

The Immersion Event - 9th - 11th October 2019 - Coombe Abbey, Brinklow

The Deepening Event - 9th - 10th January 2020 - Coombe Abbey, Brinklow

The Accompaniment Event - 5th - 6th March 2020 - Coombe Abbey, Brinklow

National Retreat - 11th - 12 June 2020 - Coombe Abbey, Brinklow




Dates for the 2020 - 2021 National School of Formation 

  • The Immersion Event - 7th - 9th October 2020 
  • The Deepening Event - 7th - 8th January 2021 
  • The Accompaniment Event - 4th - 5th March  March 2021 
  • Headteachers' National Retreat - 10th - 11th June 2021 


All of the above will be held at Coombe Abbey, Brinklow Road, Coventry CV3 2AB



Transformational Projects across the UK which participants visit. Click on link below.

Teachers & Governors New to Catholic Education

Second Study Visit to Manila 2019

Study visit to Manila October 2017

Ten members of the NSF took part in a high profile research project in Manila.  They visited St Scholastica's Academy for Girls run by the Benedictine Sisters.  This school has pioneered a radical curriculum and formation programme based on Catholic Social teaching.  The school actively promotes advocacy for the poor and those on the margins of society.  Of particular interest to the NSF delegates was the commitment and active service programmes for all pupils and staff in the school. The visit included a meeting with Cardinal Tagle of the Philippines.  The group also met with a wide range of educationalist engaged in transformational education.

Manila 2017

Article written by Raymond Friel for Networking Catholic Education Today