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Our "Shaping Our Future 2022" strategy sets out our clear ambition and commitment to continue to serve our communities and parishes into the future. Our Education team are highly experienced, credible system leaders who know and understand the educational landscape and the needs of our Church schools and academies.

We do this by supporting our family of Church schools and academies to offer high quality education which serves the needs of their local communities, families, parents and pupils.

This involves ensuring that the standards within our Church schools and academies remain high, the leadership of our schools models our shared Christian beliefs, ethos and values and that the quality of the provision through our school buildings offers high- quality learning environments which reflect our commitment to excellence in all areas.

The Diocesan Board of Education is responsible for setting the strategic direction and policies on behalf of the diocese.

On the 16th November 2017 the Diocesan Board of Education approved a new School Organisation Strategy to guide the future direction of our Church schools and academies in the school-led system.

The new strategy, Shaping our Future, has been devised in consultation with a sample of leaders from our Church schools and academy trusts and has been shared with our key partners including Local Authorities and the Regional Schools Commissioner.

The strategy was launched in January 2018 and over the spring and summer terms the Education team will also facilitate a number of additional events in localities where we intend to share the strategy and help schools work on their next steps in response to it.

You can download a copy of the Strategy below and a copy of the letter sent to Headteachers and Chairs of Governors from Alex Tear, Director of Education.

You can read the Director's Blog which provides a summary of the Strategy.

Shaping the Future Strategy (​PDF) and  Map appendix to Strategy (​PDF)

Letter (​PDF) to Heads & Chairs of Governors

Diocesan Board of Education Strategic Plan 2018-2021 (PDF)

Diocesan Securing-their-potential Strategy (PDF)

Church of England Embracing Change document

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