Church-School links

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Schools and churches can support each other in a variety of ways. The synergy between the two can lead to creative partnerships that enhance the learning for children.

Some schools and churches, despite their close proximity and shared ethos, do not have established links. If you’re a church or a school not yet linked to one another, let us put you in touch with your local minister or headteacher.

Contact Ali Driver for more information, she'd be delighted to hear from you and introduce you to your local church or school.


Thirteen trained ‘Inspire mentors’ are available to support churches to explore the ways in which they might engage with, serve and support their local schools or colleges. These mentors are spread across the Diocese and each has a particular focus on primary schools, secondary schools or colleges. The mentors are beacons of effectiveness and good practice who are committed to encouraging others to feel confident, resourced and enthused about serving and showing God’s love in schools and colleges. Mentors are available to offer free advice, wisdom and support to help churches, church leaders and volunteer schools workers to shape the offer that churches can make to schools and colleges. They are equipped to offer a tailored service exploring the opportunities that are unique to each church and school. To access the support of a mentor, simply identify the mentor best situated to your situation, and email them directly.

Find out about contacting your local church-school/college support mentor

Further information?

There are lots of ways your church can support you as a school, and vice-versa. Both school and church have a shared common concern: they both want the best for young people in the community. 

Find out how Inspire Mentors can work with you to identify ways your church can support its local school

How to... Develop links with local schools

Church School link case studies


One way in which Churches support their local Church school is through nominating suitable candidates to become foundation governors. As well as being full members of a governing board foundation governors have a particular responsibility within church schools to preserve and develop the Christian character and ethos of the school.

Click here to find out about supporting schools as a Foundation Governor