Church of England schools and academies are a vital part of the work and ministry of the Diocese. They have been providing education for the children and young people of London for centuries.
There are currently 137 primary and 19 secondary schools and academies, and 4 all-through schools, educating more than 55,000 students. The bulk of the schools are in the ancient areas of population and the vast majority are over-subscribed. Where possible old schools are being expanded and new schools are being opened using the Government’s Free Schools and Academies programme.
The schools and academies are supported or sponsored by the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) which was established in 1836 as the educational arm of the Diocese of London. The Schools Sites Act 1841 gave the Board for Schools a major opportunity to build more schools. The Chair of Trustees is the Rt Revd Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton, and Penny Roberts is the Director of Education (designate).
The LDBS aims to serve the people of London by ensuring that the schools and academies are valued for the excellence of an education provided in a distinctly Christian context. The LDBS also aims to develop and add to the schools so that there is a place for every child whose parents or carers wish them to attend a Church of England school.
The LDBS website gives details of all the Church of England schools and academies in the diocese. There are links for those who are looking for work or to volunteer as a governor. There are also links to the LDBS school improvement company ‘Grow Education Partners’ a service is available for any school in London to use.
Visit www.ldbs.co.uk to find out more.