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. Advocating for all children and our sector
  2. Empowering and supporting effective leadership in our schools
  3. Developing our family of catholic schools, their ethos and sustainability
  4. Influencing policy 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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CCMS attended the annual teacher recruitment fair in Stranmillis University on Monday 27 November 2023. The fair was well attended by final year students and CCMS were there along with other employers from NI, England, Scotland and Wales. CCMS chat
Cross-country running is a popular after school activity in Mary Queen of Peace Primary School, Glenravel, with the boys’ and girls’ team competing in the Athletics NI Primary Schools’ League. In February 2023 the girls finished sixth in the team ra
Well done to the pupils from St Mary's Primary School, Brookeborough who presented their filled shoeboxes, along with some from the community, to Mrs Irene Boyd for the Samaritan Purse Operation shoebox appeal.
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