CISC 31st Virtual Annual Conference

18-19 March 2021

To Grow is to Change

in the spirit of St John Henry Newman



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 complete the booking form below.


Separate bookings should be made for Senior and Prep attendance where applicable.


Thursday 18 March 2021

10:00 – 10:05 – Conference begins: General Secretary’s Welcome Dr Maureen Glackin

10:05 – 10:10 – Opening Prayer Nelle Dalton, Farnborough Hill

10:10 – 10:30 – Chair’s Welcome Antony Hudson

10:30 – 11:10 – Keynote address 1

Catholic Education: Learning How To Learn

Chair: Antony Hudson with Mgr Rod Strange

11:10 – 11:30 – Keynote Q&A

13:30 – 14:20 – Workshop 1

A Tale of Two Terms – Impact, learning and future-proofing post COVID-19

Chair: Antonia Beary with Stone King, Moore Kingston Smith, Sarah Norville, Ryde’s Hill, Ed Hester, Princethorpe, Annie Sutton, St Joseph’s Specialist Trust

14:20 – 15:00Workshop Q&A

16:00 – 17:00AGM: Visions and Priorities for CISC Members only

19:00 – 20.00CISC Bubbles – Members’ Drinks Party


Friday 19 March 2021

9:20 – 9:30Morning Prayer Dom James Hood, Downside

9:30 – 10:40Keynote address 2

‘Difficulties that seem overwhelming are opportunities for growth’ (Fratelli Tutti, n78): What are the opportunities for our Church, our schools, our young people from the difficulties of the contemporary realities of COVID and IICSA?  

Chair: Antony Hudson with David Wells and Sr Gemma Simmonds

In referencing IICSA the focus is not on the schools but more the question of how to mend/recover the moral authority of the Church; the role of humility in learning and how we are called to in the 21st century to communicate/share Church with ourselves and our young people in a new vernacular. Acknowledging our brokenness is the beginning to reconciliation and healing so the focus is very much on the opportunities, whilst referencing the difficulties.

11:00 – 11:45Workshop 2

Stories from the Chapel: Impact and opportunities presented by COVID on spiritual formation and the prayer life of our schools. Chair: David Buxton
with Fr Gerry, Chaplain at Woldingham, Emma Hall, Chaplain, Ratcliffe College, Phillip Robinson, RE Advisor, CES, David Wells, Sr Gemma Simmonds

11:45 – 12:15Workshop Q&A

12:15 – 12:30Closing remarks and prayer – Antony Hudson and Mo Glackin


As with all CISC Conferences, we hope that the congeniality and warmth offered to our headline and key sponsors will continue – albeit in a virtual format for this year.

The programme for conference offers delegates a number of incredibly interesting sessions over the course of a day and a half. In addition to our Headline Sponsorship arrangements, each conference session will be flanked by an opening welcome and introduction by a Key Sponsor and we would be over the moon to welcome our existing exhibitors to join us in one of these slots – or indeed new sponsors who are keen to promote themselves to our network of members.

The Key Sponsor posts include:

  • 3 minute introductory video to one of 8 delegate sessions
  • Prominent logo position on screen throughout the session
  • Logo position at the foot of the Conference host page
  • Personalised profile page
  • Full page advert in the Conference brochure

Additionally, we also have Sponsor positions available, allowing each Sponsor their logo on the main Conference page as well as profile and information/contact pages for you to personalise and develop your own online offer to our members and delegates.

The Sponsor posts include:

  • Logo position at the foot of the Conference host page
  • Personalised profile page
  • Full page advert in the Conference brochure

Further information can be found here.


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.