Church delegation in Westminster for Catholic education celebrations


Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and Archbishop Leo Cushley were in Westminster on Wednesday night to celebrate the centenary of the Education (Scotland) Act 1918 receiving Royal Assent. They were joined by a delegation of Church representatives including Barbara Coupar, Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service.


The event, hosted by Patrick Grady MP, attracted MPs, Lords and Ladies from across all parties and marked an historic day in what has been an incredible year for Catholic education in Scotland.


Mr Grady later tweeted that he was “delighted to host Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop Leo Cushley and Barbara Coupar in Westminster to celebrate the centenary of Catholic education in Scotland looking at the positive impact Catholic schools have had over the last 100 years.”


The Education (Scotland) Act 1918 made provision for Catholic schools to become part of the state system of education, and it respected the right of Catholic schools to retain their own Catholic ethos and identity.


Earlier in the day the delegation met the Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, at Dover House.