Welcome to the Schools Pages
Living God’s Love is the vision of the parishes, church schools and chaplaincies across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Luton and Barnet. This vision is grounded in the love of God and love of neighbour flowing from God’s love for us. Its three priorities are:
- going deeper into God
- transforming communities
- making new disciples
The vision of the DBE is to see church schools at the heart of the diocese’s mission. This is articulated in its vision statement: Church Schools in the Diocese of St Albans Live God’s Love by being Distinctively Christian, Community-Focussed and by Serving the Common Good. In aiming to achieve this goal the Board has established the following priorities.
Building on the excellent contribution of 136 Church Schools (with more in the pipeline) of which 91.9% are either Outstanding or Good, the priorities of the DBE are:
- Community-focused schools serving the common good
- Outstanding education delivered in a distinctively Christian setting
- Church schools at the centre of the diocesan vision Living God’s Love
- High quality Religious Education
- The creation of new church schools within new housing developments
- Strong and fruitful school/parish relationships
- Rigorous safeguarding that ensures church school pupils are celebrated as children of God
These priorities are delivered in ways that recognise the unique local context of each of our schools.
The School Team liaises with the 136 Anglican church schools in the Diocese of St Albans, covering five Local Authorities: the London Borough of Barnet, Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Luton. Seventeen schools are Academies. Most of the schools are primary phase, but there are five secondary schools and six middle schools which are deemed secondary. Education is currently in a state of flux, so even these simple facts are likely to change.
The Diocesan Board of Education
The Schools Team is governed by the Diocesan Board of Education. This is a statutory body established under the Diocesan Boards of Education Measure 1991, with functions including the promotion of education consistent with the faith and practice of the Church of England, the promotion of religious education and religious worship in schools and academies, the promotion of Church schools and academies in the diocese, and advice to school governors on any matter affecting Church schools and academies.
The Board of Education of the Diocese of St Albans exists to provide support and advice to church schools throughout the Diocese. The Diocesan Resource Centre holds resources for schools, youth work, children’s work in churches and general parish use. The Centre is open to all churches and to church schools, community schools and private schools. There is an additional resource centre with items for Collective Worship and teaching RE in schools, housed at St mark’s Church & Community Centre, Calder Rise, Brickhill, Bedford MK41 7UY. Further details of the Bedfordshire Resource Centre can be found at http://www.beds-re-resources.org.uk/.