“It is obviously true that good schools help produce an educated workforce. But the Christian vision is a far greater one. It is about setting a framework for children as they learn, which enables them to be confident when faced with the vast challenges that our rapidly changing culture brings to us." Archbishop Justin Welby.

Welcome to church schools in the Diocese of Derby.

There are 111 Church Schools in the Diocese who work very hard to provide the best possible education for the pupils in their care based on the Christian principle that Every Child Matters to God.

The schools are supported by the Board of Education whose vision is "to offer our children and young people life in all of its fullness".

Here you’ll find a wealth of information provided by the Derby Diocesan Board of Education to support school headteachers, teachers and school governors.

The Church of England has set out a clear vision for education (Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good) in which it states:

"There are fundamental reasons, rooted the Bible, which have motivated centuries of Christian involvement in schooling hates country and around the world. The God of all creation is concerned with everything related to education…  Our vision encompasses the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional moral and social development of children and young people. We offer a vision of human flourishing for all, one that embraces excellence and academic rigour, but sets them in a wider framework. This is worked out theologically and educationally through four basic elements which permeate our vision for education: Wisdom; Hope; Community and Dignity."

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Three reasons to choose a church school

Church of England schools are highly effective

Ofsted judges 87% of our schools to be Outstanding or Good and 95% are judged Outstanding or Good in their SIAMS inspections.

Church of England schools are diverse

In Derbyshire, they include:

  • Schools in both predominantly urban areas, and predominantly rural areas
  • Schools which consistently appear in the list of England’s highest performing schools
  • Schools which serve the needs of children who live in some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the county
  • Schools which serve children of all faiths and none (including some primary schools with an almost exclusively Muslim population)

Church of England schools are distinctive

Church of England schools have a distinctive identity and ethos, popular with parents and families, where the development of social, spiritual and emotional intelligence is as important as academic achievement.

They are disinctive in their leadership and management, their religious education and collective worship.