Sursum Corda - Lift Up Your Hearts

Sursum Corda is a group of 10 Catholic Primary schools in Birmingham who actively work together to improve school outcomes; enrich Catholic Life, support staff professional development, develop the curriculum and seek for ways to support one another to ensure the best outcomes for all our pupils. 

School leaders work in group to evaluate and monitor each other's schools in a process called Peer to Peer reviews. Teaching staff get together to moderate work and share best practice; this is done through staff meetings, school time co-ordinators meetings and moderation days. The group work hard to get experts in to train and work with staff across schools, whether it be on statutory assessments or a curriculum area.

Schools also share best practice and school visits are encouraged across the cluster to see best practice.

The schools are: Christ The King, Corpus Christi, English Martyrs, Holy Family, Holy Souls, St. Ambrose Barlow, St. Bernadette's,  St. Cuthbert's, St. Margaret Mary and The Rosary

The schools represent different and diverse communities across Birmingham from Kingstanding, Stechford, Sparkhill, Small Heath, Acocks Green, Hall Green, Yardley, Erdington and Saltley. There are over 2,500 pupils in the schools, from age 3-11 years old.


September 2019 - Schools joint training day. English, EYFS, Geography, History, Art, D&T and Early Help

September 2019 - Liturgy Leaders Mass @ St Ambrose Barlow School

September 2019 - Martin Galway Training @ Holy Family (English)

October 2019 - White Rose Training @ St Cuthbert's (Maths)

October 2019 - Martin Galway Training @St Bernadette's (English)

January 2020 - Year 2 moderation and training day

January 2020 - Statutory update training - Phonics, KS1 and KS2

February 2020 - Year 6 moderation and training day

2019-2020 - Cluster Group meeting

September 2019 - Head's meeting

September 2019 - Special Education Needs meeting @ St Cuthbert's

October 2019 - R.E. coordinator meeting @ St Ambrose Barlow

October 2019 - Nursery teachers meeting @ St Bernardette's

November 2019 - Maths Coordinators meeting @ English Martyrs

November 2019 - Science Coordinators meeting

January 2020 - Nursery teachers meeting @ St Bernadette's

January 2020 - Science Coordinators meeting

February 2020 - Head's meeting

March 2020 - EYFS coordinators meeting @ St. Bernadette's

March 2020 - R.E. coordinators meeting @ St. Ambrose Barlow