Schools and Education


The majority of Church of England Schools established in the 19th century, were built to serve the community around them and can still be thought of today as 'community schools with a distinctive Christian character'.

There are 143 Church of England infant, junior and primary schools and 9 Church of England Academies in the Portsmouth and Winchester Dioceses that are part of the state-maintained sector.

Within the primary schools alone, more than 30,000 children and 2,000 members of staff, experience a Christian approach to life through the values that underpin the work of the school and a daily act of collective worship.

There is one Church of England University, three Academies and 32 Independent Church of England Schools, one Sixth Form College and 9 Affiliated Schools that have strong links to the Dioceses.

The Education Team also works with principals and senior staff of Sixth Form and Further Education Colleges across the Dioceses in their leadership roles and staff with learners; offering support to promote the development of concepts of spirituality and values in the FE curriculum, and supporting and promoting chaplaincy.

These schools and colleges represent the Church of England's main engagement in education and mission with children and young people in the Dioceses of Portsmouth and Winchester.

The Education Team offers support to Clergy and Parishes in their work with Church Schools and Community Schools.

You can contact the Education Team's office on 023 9289 9658 or click here for full details of roles, responsibilities and full contact details

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Legislation on women bishops becomes law

The General Synod has enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as Bishops in the Church of England.

Debbie Thrower installed as an Honorary Canon

Debbie Thrower has been installed as an honorary lay Canon and member of Winchester Cathedral Chapter

Bishop Tim Dakin's visit to East Africa

The Bishop of Winchester recently returned from an official visit to East Africa in his capacity as the Church of England’s spokesperson on further and higher education.

New Chair of the House of Clergy appointed

On Saturday 8 November Diocesan Synod appointed a new Chair of the House of Clergy

Diocese welcomes changes to Reader Ministry

This summer, with the agreement of the Bishop’s Council and in line with other dioceses, we have started to use the term ‘Licensed Lay Minister’ (LLM) rather than ‘Reader’ for all those exercising this important ministry.

Bishops to mark Remembrance Sunday

Local Bishops will commemorate outbreak of World War One alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke

The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt RIP

We are sorry to announce the death of the former Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt.

New Bishop of Basingstoke consecrated

The Reverend Canon David Williams consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral

New Archdeacon for Mission Development starts work

Rev Canon Dr Paul Moore joins Diocesan team

Winchester Cathedral's Learning Centre Reopened

HM Lord-Lieutenant Open Winchester Cathedral's Refurbished Learning Centre