Church of England Schools


Inclusive schools for the community

Mawnan School is a Church of England Primary School.

Church of England schools are established primarily for the communities they are located in. They are inclusive and serve equally those who are of the Christian faith, those of other faiths and those with no faith.

  • Approximately 1 million children attend CofE schools
  • About 15 million people alive today went to one
  • 4,500 (25%) of all primary and middle schools are CofE
  • 220 (6%) secondary schools are CofE
  • With more than 130 sponsored and 350 converter academies, the Church is the biggest sponsor of academies in England
  • Over 500 independent schools declare themselves to be CofE
  • Across the country, CofE clergy dedicate a million hours every year to working with children and young people in schools, often providing holiday and after-school activities.
  • 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, which represents an annual investment of over £15 million.

Strong schools depend on highly capable staff and good governance.

Church schools employ the whole range of school staff from head teacher to midday supervisors, cooks and cleaners. All staff members, whatever their role, have a vital part to play in ensuring that pupils learn and develop successfully.

Schools may choose to employ practising Christians in some key teaching and non-teaching posts. These usually include the Headteacher and, where appropriate, the Head of RE and Chaplain.

Staff members generally come from a wide variety of social, cultural and religious backgrounds and this adds to the rich tapestry of the schools.

Governors set the strategic direction of the school. They work closely with the senior staff to set the strategic framework and to set the aims and objectives for the school. Although they make key policy decisions they do not run the school on a day to day basis. That is the role of the headteacher.

In Church schools, foundation governors have a particular role in ensuring that the school is both inclusive and Christian in nature.