Church Schools and Academies Information

  Church of England schools in numbers

  • Approximately 1 million children attend Church of England schools
  • About 15 million people alive today went to one
  • A quarter of primary schools and over 200 secondary schools are Church of England.
  • With 250 sponsored and over 650 converter academies, the Church is the biggest sponsor of academies in England
  • Over 500 independent schools declare themselves to be Church of England in ethos.
  • Across the country, Church of England 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.
  • Over 55% of Church of England schools are in rural areas as opposed to only 20% of non-Church of England schools.
  • An average state-funded primary school now has 275 pupils on its roll whereas for Church of England schools this number is 194 pupils.


80% of Church of England secondary schools are rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. That is 5% higher than the national average for non-Church of England schools.

89% of Church of England Primary schools are rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, which is 3% higher than the national average for non-Church of England schools.

(31 March 2016)


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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