For centuries the Church of England has provided education for every child in every city, town and village. Today there are 4,700 Church of England schools, and the Church of England continues to be a trusted and successful provider of education across the country.
Church of England schools have Christian beliefs and values at their heart. This means the school’s policies, values and day-to-day life are based upon values that come from the Christian faith.
The popularity of Church of England schools is widely reported. For example, a 2007 survey of more than 1,000 adults across the UK showed church schools to be positively regarded by people of all faiths and no faith for the ethos they promote within the learning environment. 92% of the Church of England schools in Birmingham Diocese are good or better as graded by Ofsted.
The Church of England, and the Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust, believes that every child is unique and deserves the very best education, and there are four phrases we use to describe what that means.
Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
Church of England schools provide excellent academic education, and enable every individual to know how to apply those skills. Wisdom is another word for ‘connecting the dots’ or knowing why you are doing something not just what you are doing.
Educating for Hope and Aspiration
In Church of England schools, education goes beyond the classroom and affects every part of our students’ lives. Through ongoing pastoral support for young people and their families, Church of England schools aim to encourage confidence, generosity and compassion, and to equip every individual to engage effectively with those around them and the wider world.
Educating for Community and Living Well Together
Church of England schools are places where collaboration, teamwork and respect for each other are valued and prioritised within the school life. A Church of England school is a safe environment where people respect and care for each other, behave well and share the belief together we can achieve more.