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Diocesan Board of Education

The Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) is a statutory body with particular functions and responsibilities for church schools, RE and Collective Worship and education in the diocese more widely.

Our work reflects our national commitment to the Church of England’s vision for education ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’.  Our Church schools and academies are open to all and are inclusive, supporting and encouraging those of Christian faith, other faiths and those of no faith.

The DBE meets four times a year and sets policy and strategy which the team then implements. It has an agreed policy on academies and small schools, two major issues facing all dioceses.

The DBE has to give consent to church schools which wish to become academies. Typically schools join or form a Multi Academy Trust (MAT).
At present there are three stand-alone academies, a Diocesan MAT and four local church school-led MATs in this Diocese.  For more on this, please see our academies page and the DMAT website

The DBE ratifies the appointment of all foundation governors, of which there are 300.

DBE Members

The following list includes all members of the Diocesan Board of Education - as at 2 February 2018.

The current Board was elected/nominated/co-opted for a 3-year period from January 2016 to Autumn 2018.


Elected / Appointed / Co-opted

Archdeaconry / Appointee / Representing

The Rt Revd Martin Seeley

Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich


The Ven Dr David Jenkins (CHAIR)

Archdeacon of Sudbury

Bishop's Council

Graham Alcock

Ipswich Deanery


Janita Betts

Headteacher - Ipswich Deanery


Revd Dr Stephen Brian

Rector - Mid-Loes Benefice

Archdeaconry of Suffolk

Thomas Brooke

Lay Member


Jane Eccleston

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Sudbury

Sandra Gray

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Sudbury

Guy McGregor

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Suffolk

The Ven Ian Morgan

Archdeacon of Suffolk


Pete Mumford

Schools Planning Manager, CYP Suffolk County Council


Revd Sharon Potter (VICE-CHAIR)

Rector - Bradfield St Clare, Bradfield St George with Little Whelnetham, Cockfield, Felsham and Gedding

Archdeaconry of Sudbury

Drew Quayle

Lay Member


Dr Andrew Revitt

University of Suffolk


Mr Paul Ryle

Headteacher - Hartismere Deanery 



Meeting dates

The DBE meets at least four times a year and members are also invited to join specific courses, conferences and occasional joint-sessions with other Dioceses or the Local Authority.

Meetings in 2018 are planned for:

  • Tuesday 20 November (1.30pm)

Meetings in 2019 are planned for:

  • Tuesday 12 February 2019 (1.30pm)
  • Wednesday 8 May 2019 (6.00pm)
  • Tuesday 17 September 2019 (6.00pm)
  • Wednesday 27 November 2019 (1.30pm)

Agendas will be posted here one week prior to the meeting. Meetings normally take place at the St Nicholas Centre, Cutler Street, Ipswich IP1 1UQ.

Previous Meetings

Older papers are available on request - please email Jacqui Studd.