2021 Diocesan Boards of Education Measure
All church schools are bound by the 2021 measure which provides the statutory framework for church schools. For this reason all church schools must seek advice from their Diocesan Board of Education on a variety of matters including building works.
Diocesan schools currently fall into three categories: Academies, Voluntary Controlled and Voluntary Aided Schools. These have very distinct differences relating to their buildings but one commonality in regard to the land and buildings. The land and buildings are owned by the diocese, generally under ancient trust deeds that have as the original Trustees, the Vicar and Church Wardens (although for many this is now the Diocesan Boards of Finance). There are some variations, however it is helpful to generalise at the same time as recognising the need to fully investigate the individual sites when required.
The Dioceses’ role is to assist schools in safeguarding their assets; both the value of the buildings and land. Consequently, any alterations, extensions, expansions, and changes to the building generally require the permission of the Diocese. The Diocese assists Voluntary Aided Schools in particular, in advising on building development and capital asset planning.