Welcome to the Bosco Catholic Education Trust

Welcome to the Bosco Catholic Education Trust

At present, we are a family of five schools in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton who have come together to work collaboratively for the benefit of all children in the Catholic schools of Sussex. Our single purpose as a Catholic Education Trust is to serve schools in anything they need to provide a truly outstanding education for their children.

Catholic schools in Arundel and Brighton have a long tradition of working collaboratively. Bosco Catholic Education Trust was established in April 2017 to bring together more formally any Catholic schools within Sussex that wished to do so. The aim of the Bosco Catholic Education Trust is to provide an education which is second-to-none for all children within Sussex specifically and more widely, the Diocese. We seek to further enhance and strengthen the partnerships between our Catholic family of schools and to preserve and protect all that we value and cherish in our communities.

Catholic schools aim to provide a holistic education, recognising that every child is made in the image and likeness of Christ. We work tirelessly to enable our children to fulfil their God-given potential, supporting their spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development as well as setting uncompromising standards for their academic excellence. As it was for St John Bosco, we believe that all children should be ‘known and loved’ and challenged to become the person God called them to be.

Being part of the Bosco CET family of schools brings significant benefits for example:

  • - Genuine collaboration on learning and teaching to enhance existing practice;
  • - Excellent professional development and leadership opportunities for all staff;
  • - Support for Headteachers and Governing Bodies with both the strategic and day-to-day running of their school in whatever way they request;
  • - Reinstating services that schools may have previously lost, such as providing an Educational Psychologist, subject networking and advisory support;
  • - Providing specialist support for those in administrative roles, enabling effective collaboration with those in similar roles in other schools;
  • - Being able to procure services and negotiate contracts that more specifically meet the needs of our schools;
  • - Being able to save money and achieve economies of scale;
  • - Saving schools time on things that distract from learning and teaching and centralising some functions that are common to all schools;
  • - Being able to maintain the unique identity of each Catholic school, whilst benefiting from being part of something bigger;
  • - Working together closely to strengthen our Catholic ethos.

Bosco CET is accountable to the schools and their Governing Bodies in the Trust. We are here to serve them and, at a time of considerable challenge for individual schools, to lighten the load.

I hope you find the information on this website useful. Do please get in touch if you have any questions or wish to pay us a visit!

Dave Carter
CEO, Bosco Catholic Education Trust

Mission Statement

´The Bosco Catholic Education Trust is a Christ-centred family of Catholic academies, within the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, working together as one body to provide an outstanding education for all. As Catholic schools, we endeavour to develop confident, compassionate and faithful young people. Through partnership, collaboration and mutual support, we seek to enable all those entrusted to our care to become the person God called them to be.´

“Serve the Lord joyfully”

Don Bosco

Bosco Catholic Education Trust is named after the founder of the Salesian Order, St John Bosco (usually known as Don Bosco). Don Bosco first established his ‘Oratario’ in Turin, Italy, in the 1840s on the principles of high educational standards and sound moral and religious education.

Don Bosco’s educational philosophy was rooted in his faith and has been summarised as ‘reason, religion and kindness’. Bosco CET aims to educate the children entrusted to our care with these three words in mind, focusing on their academic and spiritual development, modelling the values of love and forgiveness found in the gospel, in our dealings with them.

Don Bosco is remembered for many of his teachings but in particular his belief that ‘for young people it is not enough that they are loved, they must know that they are loved’. With this in mind, our aspiration is each child is known personally by staff and is well-supported throughout their time at any of the Catholic schools within the Bosco CET, to achieve to the very best of their abilities in a happy and positive environment.

Our Logo


Don Bosco believed that schools were more than just places to be educated, they were also a home for the children, providing shelter, love and a sense of belonging (particularly for the vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless on the streets of Turin).

With that in mind, our logo represents both our Christian faith through the saving power of Jesus’ resurrection from the cross, as well as a shelter under which our Catholic communities find shelter, faith, family and friendship.