Academy Sponsor - The Church of England
The Church of England - Birmingham has a wide range of church schools in five local authorities (Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire). There are 42 Primary schools, 3 Infant schools, 3 Junior schools, 1 First school and 2 Secondary schools along with 2 affiliated Secondary schools. The provision ranges from small rural schools of around 100 pupils to larger schools serving urban and suburban areas.
There are a variety of structures for the church schools including voluntary controlled, voluntary aided and academies. The schools themselves are based in a variety of areas that reflect the nature of the Diocese – urban, outer-estate, sub-urban and rural, catering for pupils of all faiths and none.
The great majority of the church schools are proud of their Christian foundation and endeavour to ensure that a Christian ethos underpins the pupils’ educational experience, which includes respecting the other faiths of pupils in the school. Most have been judged to be good or outstanding in their distinctiveness and effectiveness as church schools during their Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAMS).
The Church of England in Birmingham has the vision and purpose to ensure that every Church of England school across the Diocese will offer each of its pupils the very best possible educational experience and outcomes. This means that the Diocesan Education Team works to support and challenge every school so that they do their utmost to guarantee that all pupils, given their differing starting points and individual learning needs, will make at least good levels of progress in English and Maths and achieve the wider subject knowledge and skills at each phase of their education that will enable them to experience success at the next.
It particularly means the Diocesan Education Team rigorously supporting and challenging schools to further develop their provision for the wider spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of learning, so that all pupils feel valued as individuals, have their aspirations raised, develop a sense of belonging to a community that is loved by God and aware of the responsibilities - personal and collective - that this “belonging” brings.
Central to the mission of the Church of England in Birmingham is the conviction that “every child matters to God” and enabling children to succeed educationally is one way in which this mission can be realised across the Diocese.
What is expected of our schools?
Birmingham Diocese expects all staff in its Church schools to experience high quality professional development and performance management so that their professional skill and expertise is of the highest calibre and able to meet the learning needs of pupils from diverse cultural backgrounds within the context of a distinctive Church of England setting.
The vision of the Diocese is that all its Church of England schools will be successful in making a positive difference to the lives of all pupils and their families. To do this they are expected to offer a broad and balanced curriculum which can also be suitably tailored to meet the learning needs of all pupils, raise the aspirations of local communities enabling them to make a positive difference to the society in which they live and affirm that every child is a child loved by God.
School performance in terms of pupil progress measures, statutory assessment and public examination outcomes, as well as pupil and parental views, are key indicators of school effectiveness. All schools need support and challenge, external as well as internal, to ensure they deliver the very best outcomes for all pupils in keeping with their calling as Church schools. The quality of relationships between all stakeholders is another vital indicator of school effectiveness so the values lived out by Church schools are a key way in which they should demonstrate their calling.