Research School

Our school is focused on improving student outcomes and as such we believe in adopting teaching methods and practices that are firmly rooted in research.

Our staff put evidence-based educational research into practice in our classrooms; and our students are encouraged to adopt the key principles of good research practice when approaching any analytical task. They therefore develop a firm framework on which to build as they continue to advance in education.

Our designation as a Research School is supported by St Mary’s University, Twickenham, with whom we have a working partnership linked to research and development in education. In addition, we are honoured to have professor Gerald Grace, Professor of Catholic Education, as the patron of our Research School. Further details on our research school and its ethos are published in Networking: Catholic Education Today.

Research associates from the school have presented papers at conferences in Dublin and Birmingham under the auspices of the Network For Researchers in Catholic Education.

Dr McGowan’s research into Multi Academy Trusts was included as a chapter to the book Irish and British Reflections on Catholic Education (Springer, 2021).

In March 2020 we hosted a conference in conjunction with the Network for Catholic Researchers on the subject of Social Justice & Catholic Education, and a report from the day is published here.

We held a colloquium on Female Voices in Catholic Education in May 2023 and we are holding our next conference: Reckoning with Race: Anti-racism in schools - pain, perspectives and possibilities, in July 2024.


We invite requests from academics interested in conducting research at our school. Please contact the school by emailing