St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School

Spirituality, Aspiration, Innovation, Diversity

Parish Links


Canon David Paul, Dean at St. John’s Cathedral is our school chaplain and is always keen to make time in his busy schedule to join us at St Francis, leading Masses and liturgies, and helping to deliver the RE Curriculum.

Fr. David Ward, who is now parish priest at St. Walstan’s in Costessey and chaplain to St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary School has kindly agreed to continue to visit us and help us to celebrate class and year group Masses and liturgies.

Fr. Padraig Hawkins is Priest in charge at Poringland and is Bishop Alan’s private Secretary is a school governor and has responsibility for Religious Education

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St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School is located within the parish of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral in the Diocese of East Anglia. Many of our families are parishioners at the Cathedral.

School groups have visited the Cathedral to mark feast days and celebrations, and the Cathedral continues to play an important part in the Catholic life of the school, as well as being a resource to enhance our RE Curriculum.

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Many of our children and members of staff live and attend Mass in other local parishes. We have a number of children who serve at Mass, several who help with the Children’s Liturgy and others who sing in the church choirs. A number of our children were recently privileged to serve at the Installation Mass for Bishop Alan. Many of our children regularly take part in diocesan events, including the annual Children’s Pilgrimage to Walsingham.


The school occasionally requests that news concerning the school is included in parish newsletters. It also provides items for the Diocesan Newspaper. We are always happy to include items in our school newsletter which may be of interest to children from all our parishes. Please let us know if your parish group or event would like a mention in our school newsletter or on our website.

Below are the links to websites for the diocese and parishes local to St. Francis of Assisi School. If you are uncertain as to which is your parish, please contact the school for assistance.

Diocesan Website:

Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist,

St George’s, Norwich: Tel: 01603 – 426971

Our Lady and St Walstan, Costessey: Tel: 01603 – 742812

Our Lady of the Annunciation, Poringland:

Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham: Tel: 01953 – 603104

Sacred Heart, North Walsham: