Our Purpose

Our purpose

The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) was established by the Education Reform (Northern Ireland) Order (1989) in order to support the effective management of the Catholic maintained sector. Our schools makeup over 40% of schools in Northern Ireland and we are the largest teaching employer, employing approximately 6500 principals and teaching staff.

Our mission is to give children the best start in life by:

  1. Empowering effective leadership in our schools
  2. Developing our family of catholic schools, their ethos and sustainability
  3. Advocating for all children and the Catholic maintained sector
  4. Shaping policy, provision and transformation

We also work in conjunction with the Department of Education and our sectoral partners on a wide range of issues impacting education including shared education, Irish medium and integrated education.

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30-Apr-2024
St Kevin's College, Lisnaskea had the honour of hosting a significant cultural event on Monday 29 April 2024, with the esteemed presence of Mayor Wu Zhiling of Huangshi City Hubei, Madame Zheng, the Chinese Consul General to Northern Ireland and Dr Y
12-Apr-2024
St Macartans, the Forth Chapel launch new resource for primary schools.
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028 9201 3014
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