Vision, Mission and Purpose

The vision and ambition of the Church of England in Birmingham for Church Schools

Transforming Church, Transforming Schools, Transforming Lives

The Church of England in Birmingham has the vision and purpose to ensure that every Church of England school across the Diocese will offer each of its pupils the very best possible educational experience and outcomes. This means that the Diocesan Education Team works to support and challenge every school so that they do their utmost to guarantee that all pupils, given their differing starting points and individual learning needs, will make at least good levels of progress in English and Maths and achieve the wider subject knowledge and skills at each phase of their education that will enable them to experience success at the next.

It particularly means the Diocesan Education Team rigorously supporting and challenging schools to further develop their provision for the wider spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of learning, so that all pupils feel valued as individuals, have their aspirations raised, develop a sense of belonging to a community that is loved by God and aware of the responsibilities - personal and collective - that this “belonging” brings.

Central to the mission of the Church of England in Birmingham is the conviction that “every child matters to God” and enabling children to succeed educationally is one way in which this mission can be realised across the Diocese.

What is expected of our schools?

Birmingham Diocese expects all staff in its Church schools to experience high quality professional development and performance management so that their professional skill and expertise is of the highest calibre and able to meet the learning needs of pupils from diverse cultural backgrounds within the context of a distinctive Church of England setting.

The vision of the Diocese is that all its Church of England schools will be successful in making a positive difference to the lives of all pupils and their families. To do this they are expected to offer a broad and balanced curriculum which can also be suitably tailored to meet the learning needs of all pupils, raise the aspirations of local communities enabling them to make a positive difference to the society in which they live and affirm that every child is a child loved by God.

School performance in terms of pupil progress measures, statutory assessment and public examination outcomes, as well as pupil and parental views, are key indicators of school effectiveness. All schools need support and challenge, external as well as internal, to ensure they deliver the very best outcomes for all pupils in keeping with their calling as Church schools. The quality of relationships between all stakeholders is another vital indicator of school effectiveness so the values lived out by Church schools are a key way in which they should demonstrate their calling.