Our schools

One million pupils are freely educated in a Church of England school every day. The Church of England’s purpose in its schools is providing a distinctive and effective education that reflects God’s love for humanity.

At the start of the 19th Century in Britain, it was almost exclusively children from privileged and wealthy families who enjoyed the opportunity of a good education. In the belief that all children deserved the right to acquire basic literacy, numeracy and work skills, the Church of England began to establish schools in as many of its parishes as possible. 

Today, over 200 years later, church schools are still providing education that is inclusive and open to all. The Church of England is the largest provider of schools in England with over 4,800 Church of England primary and secondary schools and academies. Within the Diocese of Bristol, we are proud of our 71 Church of England schools and academies, including two Anglican/Methodist primary schools. This represents over 15,000 children, young people and the adults who care for them, who come into contact with our team and the Diocese. Every church school, therefore, will have the support of the clergy, foundation governors and those in their local parish who will work in partnership with the headteacher and staff to develop and promote the school’s Christian foundation.

Without seeking to proselytize, Church of England schools make no apology for offering a spiritual and moral basis for the education they provide.  A great church school is only great if its education offer enables strong academic progress within the aim for wider human flourishing. Each school will have a distinctively Christian vision and a set of Christian values which inform and shape the curriculum, all school policy and practice, as well as the work of the leadership team.

We look forward to working with you this year. Our thanks to all staff and all those who join us in our educational endeavours across the Diocese.