Church Schools and Academies

Church of England schools in numbers

  • Approximately 1 million children attend CofE schools
  • About 15 million people alive today went to one
  • There are 4,500 CofE Primary schools and over 200 CofE Secondary schools.
  • With more than 130 sponsored and 350 converter academies, the Church is the biggest sponsor of academies in England
  • Over 500 independent schools declare themselves to be CofE
  • Across the country, CofE clergy dedicate a million hours every year to working with children and young people in schools, often providing holiday and after-school activities.
  • There are 22,500 Foundation Governors in Church schools recruited, trained and supported by dioceses.
  • Each diocese runs a Diocesan Board of Education supporting Church schools, which represents an annual investment of over £15 million.

(Figures last updated March 2015)

Inclusive schools for the community

Church of England schools are established primarily for the communities they are located in. They are inclusive and serve equally those who are of the Christian faith, those of other faiths and those with no faith.



The Church school system is managed and developed through the individual dioceses.  Each Diocese has a Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) which is served by a Diocesan Director of Education (DDE).  DBEs oversee local developments and support schools on a day to day basis.

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