Church Schools & Academies

Church of England schools in numbers

  • Approximately 1 million children attend CofE schools
  • About 15 million people alive today went to one
  • 4,500 (25%) of all primary and middle schools are CofE
  • 220 (6%) secondary schools are CofE
  • 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 September 2014)

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.

Admissions Advice from Board of Education/National Society to Diocesan Boards of Education


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.

Find Your Local School

Search Your Location


Find School Reports

Search Reports

School name: