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This site is for Church of England schools in the Diocese of Chester. In it you will find information about the schools and advice for governors and staff.

Information on this website can be accessed using the menu which appears when you move your cursor over Schools at the top of the page.

There is information about church schools in general and specific information for aided and controlled school as as well as academies. 

Some files are provided in pdf format. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader program, available free of charge from Adobe, in order to view the files. Click here to download the programme.

New Director of Education

With the forthcoming retirement of Canon Jeff Turnbull, we are delighted to announce that Mr Christopher Penn has been appointed as the new Director of Education.

Chris is currently the Headteacher at St Peter’s Church of England Primary School in Heswall.

The Chair of the DBE, Bishop Libby says:
'We are delighted that Chris will be joining the Diocese as our new Director of Education. He comes to us with a proven track record in education as head of a Church of England Primary school in the Diocese. He has been appointed with a passion to inspire, engage and encourage our schools. He brings a deep faith and professional expertise to the post. We are delighted that he is joining the team at this crucial time, and I look forward to working closely with him to enable our schools to continue as transformative Christian communities academically and missionally.'

We expect Chris to start in the autumn and until he begins, Sue Noakes will be the interim Director.  Please hold them both in your prayers.

New RE Syllabus for Primary Schools

The new and widely-anticipated Diocesan syllabus for primary schools was approved at the recent meeting of the DBE. Produced by Jane Brooke and Sue Glover with the support of a number of teachers across the Diocese, the syllabus is based on eleven Christian concepts and can be seen here. It is strongly recommended for use in all our schools.

Reconstitution of the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE)

Chester Diocesan Board of Education is the education authority for the Diocese of Chester. Chaired by the Bishop of Stockport, it has various powers and duties related to Church of England schools and educational charities in the Diocese.  Full information about the DBE can be seen here.

The Board has been reconstituted and seven members have been appointed by Diocesan Synod. The new Board will meet for the first time in January.



With the greater move to academy status, Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) has been restructured to be available for any of our schools that would like to become an academy as part of a multi-academy trust . If you would like to discuss joining CDAT contact Sue Noakes in the first instance.  To go to CDAT's website, click here.

Becoming an Academy

Before applying to become an Academy, schools must have the consent of the DBE. This will only be given if certain conditions are met - particularly that church- based legal documents are used. For further information click here.

Small Schools Working Together

The Church of England’s Central Education Officers have produced a practical tool to assist small schools exploring the financial viability of establishing formal collaborations and Multi Academy Trusts.  This builds on the document ‘Working Together – The Future of Rural Church of England Schools’. 

The tool consists of a spreadsheet which is designed as a planning tool for schools with 150 pupils or fewer to give an estimate of likely funding and expenditure budgets of a proposed collaboration. The spreadsheet currently holds data for eight schools which can be populated with individual school’s data.  This then generates the estimated funding statements and expenditure budgets for each of the schools.

It has been designed using amounts which are driven by pupil numbers and averages based on actual costs / expenditure. Minimal data input is required to obtain estimated funding and an expenditure budget. There is a supporting document which should be read before embarking on the spreadsheet exercise.

TPM4 Schools is DBE Services (owned by Chester DBE and five other dioceses) independent advisory service supporting schools in the management, maintenance and development of the buildings. It offers free independent advice to all schools. It can offer a comprehensive range of services to meet all statutory, revenue and capital needs. Whether it is a major capital project ; a minor repair to the boiler or a statutory service they have specialist consultants and contractors who can offer advice and guidance and who will seek the most cost effective way of dealing with your needs.   They offer a one stop shop providing head teachers and governors with everything they need to maintain, manage, repair and develop their school building. 

The latest newsletter can be downloaded here.

New Courses

There are a number of new courses for teachers, governors and children in our latest newsletter.  Please click here to see the newsletter. 

Recruitment Partnership

DBE Services has teamed up with ITN Mark Education to recruit primary and secondary teachers for permanent, long term and short term supply jobs.  They are also able to provide services including school improvement, administrative support and IT consultancy. 

For more information, go to their website

Family of Schools

To download information about the scheme for 2016/17, click here. Anyone requiring information about the Family of Schools scheme should contact Sandra Reynolds in the first instance.

Links to 'What's On' help for collective worship and RE exemplar lessons are sent to member schools. 

Foundation Governors

We have revised our procedure for appointing Foundation Governors.  To download the information, click here.

We intend to keep a register of people who would be interested in becoming a foundation governor of a church school.  If you are interested in this vital area of Christian ministry, you can download information here.

Churches supporting schools

For some suggestions about how churches can support their local school, click here.

Support can also be provided by Sue Mayo who can be emailed here.


To see the latest newsletter, click here.


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Individual Schools – Details about individual schools including inspection reports can be found here. A Google map showing the position of Church of England schools in the Diocese is here.

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