The Church of England has a long and respected history of involvement of education and the facts are a testament to that:
- Around one million children attend CofE schools
- 25% of all primary and middle schools and 6% of secondary schools are CofE
- CofE clergy dedicate a million hours a year working with children in schools
- 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
On 16th October 1811, Joshua Watson, a wine merchant, philanthropist and prominent member of the High Church party founded the ‘National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church in England and Wales,’ commonly referred to as the National Society.
Church of England schools are established primarily for the communities they are located in and were founded by parishes to serve the poorest children. They are inclusive and serve equally those who are of the Christian faith, those of other faiths and those with no faith.