Our Schools

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Church schools stand at the centre of the Church’s mission to the nation.

The school and Church are close together in partnership: the school and parish see themselves as in an active association – as an extended community – together at the heart of the Church’s mission to the community.

No Church school, however, can be considered as part of the Church’s mission unless it is explicitly Christian and reflects the Church Of England Education vision to be ‘Deeply Christian, serving the common good.’

In offering an invitation to children and young people from all backgrounds to participate in a Christian community, Church schools can provide a real experience of God’s love for all humanity. In a Church school, pupils not only learn about religion but they can also experience it as a living tradition and inheritance of faith. Church schools are therefore a unique gift from the Church to an increasingly secular culture.

All Church of England schools undergo a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). SIAMS inspections are carried out under Section 48 of the 1988 Education Act. They are overseen by the National Society and are arranged by the diocese. The purpose of SIAMS is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of a school as a church school. The key question posed by SIAMS is:

How effective is the school's distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling all pupils and adults to flourish?

The Education Act 2005, amongst other things, provided for a governing body in considering candidates for appointment to the post of headteacher

  • in a Voluntary Controlled school to have regard to the candidate’s ability and fitness to preserve and develop the religious character of the school
  • in a Voluntary Aided school to give explicit preference to committed members of the Church of England or other Christian churches

The same Act offered all Church schools the following ethos statement, which, on the whole, has been adopted only with minor amendments by most schools:

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church at the parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers all its pupils.