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Catholic education chief steps down

Catholic Education Service confirms resignation of Oona Stannard, director for 12 years

Oona Stannard gives a talk at the CESEW parliamentary reception earlier this year (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Fr Marcus Stock, general secretary of the bishops’ conference, has taken over as interim director

Michael Gove speaks to teaching staff at Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy in Bromley, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

Catholic Education Service urges Government to consider voluntary-aided academies part-funded by Catholics

Education Secretary Michael Gove at the City of London Academy. The school is one of 200 academies already operating in England        Photo: PA

But head of CES warns that free schools and new academy schools will only be able to select half of their pupils on the basis of faith

Eighty-four Catholic schools have expressed an interest in becoming academies this September

Pope will speak to thousands of pupils

Pope Benedict XVI will address thousands of school children during his visit
More coverage of the Papal Visit 2010