CISC 31st Virtual Annual Conference

18-19 March 2021

To Grow is to Change

in the spirit of St John Henry Newman



(for registered delegates only)

We have great pleasure in unveiling details of our first ever CISC Virtual Conference 2021 – ‘To Grow is to Change’. This quotation from St John Henry Newman gives us much to explore both spiritually and practically and we’re thrilled that the Conference will be opened by my former colleague Prof. Mgr. Rod Strange, renowned and highly regarded biographer of St John Henry Newman.

Commentary on the pastoral challenges of our times will be initiated and explored by guest speakers David Wells, Sr Gemma Simmonds and Philip Robinson and operational concerns and opportunities will be discussed in a ‘round table’ conversation with Stone King, Moore Kingston Smith and CISC heads.

In order to glean the most from the virtual experience, the format of the conference is ‘little and often’ with sessions lasting no longer than 90 minutes and a variety of presentation styles. And no CISC Conference would be complete without an evening soirée – an opportunity to raise a ‘real’ glass ‘virtually’ and come together to share the spirit of CISC. Unfortunately – or perhaps fortunately?!! – it’s unlikely we’ll be able to manage our usual sing-a-long….but you never know!

The Conference sessions, with the exception of the AGM, are open to all interested members of your schools – bursars, chaplains, Heads of RS, members of your SLT, governors – and will be live-streamed and available for viewing after the Conference.

The cost will be £125 per school, which includes access for as many participants as you wish and conference resources for the main delegate. To register, please email



PDF CISC Programme 2021


We are thrilled to welcome our sponsors for this year’s Conference.

Stone King

Moore Kingston Smith



Powerful Allies

Connect Catering

Aitchison Raffety

School Leaders Training

Liverpool Hope University

Reed Brand Communications


Conference 2021 – The Sequel!

We are hoping to host a follow-up 24 hour conference in May – an opportunity to be together, discern together, break bread together and pray together after this year of all years. We will keep you in touch on developments!


Annual Conference 2020

The 30th anniversary CISC Conference 2020 was held in Glasgow on 16 and 17 January at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel. CISC took over the whole hotel (a CISC first I believe!) in the West End of Glasgow, alongside the botanical gardens and across the way from the University of Glasgow. It was a wonderful hotel and we are truly grateful to the team their for their hospitality, kindness and warm welcome.

The theme of the conference ‘The Pearl of Great Price’ symbolised the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of our schools whose identity and ethos are rooted in the fundamental understanding that our educational imperative is to give life to the full to all members of our school communities. And this fullness of understanding comes through encounter with God, intellectually morally and spiritually.

You can read the full Conference Report here.

The presentations, key documents and photo gallery from the conference can be found in the Members’ Area.