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200 Years of Church Schools

by Michael Ford last modified 01 Jul, 2015 10:30 AM

The National Society has been celebrating two hundred years of Church Schools during 2011.

200 Years of Church Schools

St Edwards students and staff with the Diocesan Banner

Today, more than 1,000 of the Church of England’s 4,700 primaries are small schools providing vital educational provision in isolated rural areas and working closely with their parish church to serve the local community.

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, President of the National Society, said: "Universal free education in England began when the Church of England introduced schools in every parish - more than 50 years before the provision of state education.  Two hundred years later, church schools continue to serve their communities, providing an inclusive education with a distinctive Christian ethos. I am immensely appreciative of the National Society's history and its continuing role in supporting Church of England schools."

The Diocese of Salisbury has 198 schools, including two first-wave Academies and 13 Secondary schools.

Pictured: BTEC students and staff from St Edward's CE RC School, Poole, with their banner representing the Diocese of Salisbury at the National Celebrations in Westminster Abbey in October. Story: Students' Winning Design 

Other stories from the centenary year
Celebrating Schools 
Knight Challenges Church and Schools 
200 Years of Schooling 
Education Sunday 

Other links:
Diocesan Board of Education
'The Next 200 Years' resources page

Further information contacts
Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator:
01722 438651, 07500836989,
Sandi Hammer, Assistant to the Director of Education:
01722 428420, 

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