Education Contacts

Contact your local school or find an inspection report through A Church Near You.

Diocesan Education Teams
Specific school queries should be directed either to the school concerned, or to the relevant Diocesan Board of Education.

School history enquiries
For enquiries relating to the history of Church of England schools, please contact the Church of England Record Centre or search the National Society's archive catalogue online.

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership 
For any enquiries about the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership visit their website.

Media Enquiries
For all media enquiries contact the Communications team.


Education Office

The Church of England Education Office works in partnership with the dioceses to support education in a variety of settings:

  • Working in partnership with the dioceses to support the 4,644 Church of England schools, and the 200 church schools in Wales. 
  • Negotiate with Government and other national agencies to maintain and develop the contribution of church schools to public education in England and Wales.
  • Support and advise diocesan education teams on technical issues, curriculum and religious education, collective worship and school character.
  • Develop, manage and quality assure the denominational inspection process (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).
  • Promote chaplaincy in educational settings.
  • Develop strategy and policy in Further Education.

Nigel Genders - Chief Education Officer
Responsibilities: the development of the Church's policy on lifelong, statutory and voluntary education, and promoting the highest quality of educational practice throughout the Church.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1500

Cheryl Payne - Finance Manager
Responsibilities: financial management of all the entities that make up the Church of England Education Office (The National Society, The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership, Education Archbishops' Council and Church of England Educational Services Ltd); managing the business support team; and all recruitment HR matters. 
Direct Line: 020 7898 1501

Rowan Ferguson - Head of School Policy
Responsibilities: overseeing the development of school policy; lead contact with the Department for Education and with other national organisations on all matters to do with Church of England school policy.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1789

Rachel Neaum - Public Affairs and Policy Officer
Responsibilities: providing information, analysis and briefings on the Church of England's education policy; school data;  
Direct Line: 020 7898 1505

Derek Holloway - School Character and SIAMS Development Manager
Responsibilities: developing school character; management and development of SIAMS; religious education and collective worship.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1490

Jemma Adams - School Character and SIAMS Development Officer
Responsibilities: SIAMS research and development; supporting curricula and other school character projects.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1491

Peter Churchill - SIAMS Information
Responsibilities: registration of SIAMS inspectors including producing inspector ID badges; payment for inspections.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1518

Catherine Morrison - Conference and Events Administrator
Responsibilities: organising all conferences, events and SIAMS training for the Education Office and the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership; administrative support to the Association of Anglican Directors of Education.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1364

Garry Neave - National Adviser in Further Education
Responsibilities: lead contact with  FE improvement bodies and related agencies and charities; contributing to FE policy; growing and sustaining a network of colleges, chaplaincies and chaplains.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1517

Mary Hawes - National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser
Responsibilities: advocating the Church's ministry with, for and by children up to the age of 18 and young people; resourcing and advising the Church at National and Diocesan level in its ministry with children and young people.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1504

Julia Eden - Executive Assistant
Responsibilities: administrative support to Mary Hawes, National Going for Growth (Children & Youth) Adviser; assisting the Church of England Youth Council; Finance assistant to the Finance Manager.  
Direct Line: 020 7898 1512

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