Church Schools

Church of England schools are part of the maintained (state) system of education and their Trust Deeds require them, for the most part, to serve their local communities. To that extent they are no different from community schools.

The term 'faith school' has come into common usage in the last few years. A better term would be 'schools with a distinctive Christian character'. The Trust Deeds of many of our Church Schools often state that the school was founded to 'educate the poor of this parish...' this was at a time when most children did not receive an education. These same Trust Deeds still hold good today and our Church Schools are fulfilling them. They serve their local communities and should be, as truly Christian schools, inclusive. They are about providing an education suffused with Christian ethos and values.

Church Schools in the Diocese of Winchester can be found here


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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