Important information for schools using SIMS

An error has been identified with the reporting of religions of non-Catholic pupils. Please go to the SIMS page for further information.

Census 2018 Support Timetable

The CES Census starts on 16th January 2018 in Wales and 18th January in England. Schools can complete and submit their returns during the support period which runs from the start date until Friday 9th February.

During the support period schools can contact the helpdesk by these methods:

  • raise a support ticket on the online helpdesk. The online helpdesk also contains an extensive knowledgebase and is the preferred method
  • email to census @
  • telephone: 020 7901 1909 (9:30 – 16:00 Monday to Friday)
  • telephone or email diocesan census representatives, who are able to assist with common support questions


Schools and colleges should complete the return during the support period.

More information

Submitting your return

When you have completed your Census, submit the file here.

If you have not received the login id and password, contact the Census helpdesk.


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