Church of England schools are established primarily for the communities in which they are located and can best be described as “neighbourhood schools with a Christian character”. They are inclusive and serve equally those who are of the Christian faith, those of other faiths and those with no faith.
In VA Church schools and academies the Governing body is the admissions authority and draws up the admissions policy in consultation with the diocese, the LA and all other admissions authorities in the area. These admissions policies will normally include a reference to admitting pupils from outside of the school’s catchment area where families are seeking a Church school education for their children. Parents wishing to send their children to a Church school on religious grounds should consult the admissions policy on the school’s own website; places under faith criteria for out of catchment children cannot be guaranteed if a school is already full.
Parents looking for their first school for a foundation stage child need to apply through the appropriate LA:
Church schools will always welcome visits from parents of prospective pupils. Contact the school office as shown on their website.
Find out about Church schools in your area by using the Schools List.
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