Catholic Secondary Education – Aylesbury Vale

For many years the Catholic community has hoped for Catholic secondary provision in the north of the county. The diocese and the County Council are hoping that this can become a reality, by establishing in Aylesbury a satellite of St Michael’s Catholic School, because of the need for additional secondary school places and Catholic secondary school places in the north of the county. A consultation is underway on a proposal for this secondary Catholic Satellite school in Aylesbury on the former Quarrendon school site. Bishop Peter and the Diocesan Trustee fully support the proposal. Currently St Michael’s Catholic School’s catchment area covers the whole of Buckinghamshire. It is unrealistic because of distance and cost of transport for young people in the Aylesbury area to travel to High Wycombe each day. Some families do manage to obtain places at Catholic schools beyond the county boundary at to St Paul's in Milton Keynes, and Joan of Arc in Hertfordshire. The pressure on these places is increasing all the time. Nearly all our children then leave Catholic primary education at 11 and do not have the option of Catholic secondary schooling. We believe this is a great opportunity for our young people and families and would urge you to take part in the consultation process by filling in the response form on line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by completing a form at the back of the church. Please note these needs to be completed and returned by the 28 April 2017. This is the first stage of the consultation process, if after this initial phase, it is decided to progress the proposal to the formal consultation stage, a further consultation will be undertaken and we will advise parishioners at that time.

The Catenian Association: Chiltern Circle.

The Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of Catholic laymen age 18+ , with nearly 10,000 members worldwide.  The Association exists to strengthen family life through friendship and faith.  The local group or “Circle” is Chiltern Circle, which has about 50 members from parishes in the area:  Aylesbury, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Leighton Buzzard and Chesham. We meet  monthly on Monday evenings at Chartridge Park Golf Club (near Chesham).  The format is a short meeting with prayers, followed by dinner. Wives of members, together with widows of deceased Brothers join us for ‘Ladies Nights’, which are held quarterly at the same venue. There is also an active social programme – which is also open to wives, families and friends, which includes: theatre visits, country walks etc plus an annual weekend away.  The Circle also raises money for the President’s charity (which changes annually), and for charities supporting the local homeless or poor. For more information, and the opportunity to come along to a dinner and meet the group, please contact Richard Byrne on 01296 487596.  Further details:   http://www.thecatenians.com/