One million pupils are freely educated in a Church of England school every day.

The Church of England’s purpose in its schools is providing a distinctive and effective education that reflects God’s love for humanity.

The Church of England is the largest provider of schools in England. There are over 4,600 Church of England primary schools and academies and more than 220 secondary schools and academies. Nearly one in five primary school children are educated in Church of England primary schools.In Gloucester Diocese there are 117 Church of England Schools and academies, including one secondary co-sponsored Anglican/Roman Catholic Academy. As well as aided, controlled and foundation schools there are also affiliated community primary and secondary schools and a growing network of chaplaincies in higher and further education institutions. This represents over 30,000 children, young people and the adults who care for them, who come into weekly contact with the Department and the Diocese.

Diocese of Gloucester – Schools listed by Archdeaconry

Please click this link to access the Diocese of Gloucester schools, listed by their Archdeaconry.

Ideas and Resources for Schools at This Time

Many organisations and diocese at this time have created resources for schools. Here are some examples which you may find useful for supporting schools and home learning:

Collective Worship Online Resources

RE Online Resources

Additional Online Resources from the Church of England

Online Competition & Games Ideas



Growing Together is a series of monthly sheets of ideas for households (people of all ages) to explore or nurture Christian Faith in their own time and at their own pace. No planning or preparation is involved and there are no tasks or deadlines.

Additional Growing Together pages  have been written in direct response to the challenges brought by Covid-19. We hope to continue to add new pages regularly.  Please access these for free and share them with households, schools and churches.


#101ways is a booklet crammed full of 101 practical ideas that can make a BIG difference to your parish/school relationship.  They are all examples of things that already go on in schools and churches, either in this Diocese or beyond. See #101ways.  Tweet us @glosdiocschools using #101ways, with your ideas or tell us which of the #101ways you try or use already.


Church of England Vision for Education

The Church of England’s bold and ambitious Vision for Education was published by The Church of England Education Office in July 2016 and is endorsed by members of the House of Bishops.  The Church of England is the largest single provider of schools and academies in England and educates 1 million pupils in approximately 4700 schools. This, more than ever, is an exciting time for education in the Church of England as it leads the way on new ways of working to serve a diverse society. This vision confirms the importance of the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children and the principles set out in this document will be at the heart of our work with schools and we are excited about the opportunities that it brings.



Following an exciting year when the deanery sheep visited our family of schools across the nine deaneries in the Diocese of Gloucester, they joined children and staff at Gloucester Cathedral for the annual leavers’ services.  The sheep enjoyed their summer holiday which included welcoming visitors on a spiritual journey around the cathedral.  This term they have been making their way to their home schools within each deanery, where they have been welcomed by their school and local communities. Tweet us @glosdiocschools using #goodshepherdproject with an update about your deanery sheep.