There are currently 87 church schools, 85 of which are primary and two of which are secondary (King Edwards in Bury St Edmunds and Debenham High). One quarter of all schools in Suffolk are CofE schools. Of the 87 schools, 39 are Voluntary Controlled, 9 are Voluntary Aided and 39 are academies.
Approximately one quarter of all primary schools in England are designated with a Church of England religious character. The roots of these schools are normally traceable back to Victorian times when, ahead of the state assuming any responsibility for education on an organised basis, the Church of England sought to establish a voluntary school in every parish in England. Legislation was passed to encourage donation of land to be held upon charitable Church of England educational trusts (such as “for the purposes of a school for the children of the manufacturing and poorer classes”). Church of England schools in Suffolk are still held upon these original trusts, whether on their original or new sites. These Church of England Educational site trusts are the foundation of our church schools, and ensure that they can offer excellent, inclusive, distinctive education, with a Christian ethos, in the long-term.
If you would like to know more about the trusts relating to your school, please contact the Buildings Officer.
Details of our church schools can be found here.
For the difference between Voluntary Aided and Voluntary Controlled Schools, please click here.
For the latest news about our church schools, and the Education newsletter, please see our school news page.
For information about academies, please see our academies page / click here.
For the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi Academy Trust website, please click here.