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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.  For more, please see our Mission page

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 just under 300.

DBE Members

The following are current members of the Diocesan Board of Education.

The current Board was elected/nominated/co-opted for a 3-year period from January 2019 to Autumn 2021.

Name

Elected / Appointed / Co-opted

Archdeaconry / Appointee / Representing

The Rt Revd Martin Seeley

Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich

Ex-officio

The Ven Dr David Jenkins (CHAIR)

Archdeacon of Sudbury

Bishop's Council

Jane Addis

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Ipswich

Revd Dr Stephen Brian

Rector - Mid-Loes Benefice

Archdeaconry of Suffolk

Revd Penny Brinkley

Asst Curate - Felixstowe St John the Baptist with St Edmund

Archdeaconry of Ipswich

Thomas Brooke

Lay Member

Co-opted

Elaine Burdiss

Lay Member

Co-opted

John Dixon

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Sudbury

Jane Eccleston

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Sudbury

Tim Fairbairn

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Sudbury

Revd Christopher Griffiths

Rector - Horringer Benefice

Archdeaconry of Sudbury

Nicholas Jardine

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Ipswich

Mary Lewis

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Suffolk

Guy McGregor

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Suffolk

Gillian Mitchell

Lay Member

Co-opted

The Ven Ian Morgan

Archdeacon of Suffolk

Bishop's Council

Pete Mumford

Schools Planning Manager, CYP Suffolk County Council

Co-opted

Hugo Parker

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Ipswich

Frances Parr

Lay Member

Co-opted

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

Co-opted

Paul Ryle

Lay Member

Archdeaconry of Suffolk

Revd Toby Tate

Priest - Benefice of Martlesham with Brightwell

Archdeaconry of Ipswich

 

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.

Future meetings in 2019 are planned for:

  • Tuesday 10 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.