Winchester

Joint Education Team


The Education team exercises the functions of the Diocese as a statutory partner in the state maintained education sector in England.

The work is overseen by a Diocesan Board of Education which serves both the Portsmouth and the Winchester Dioceses. It is the first such agreement between two dioceses in the Church of England.

Director of Education

Jeff Williams

02392 899657

 jeff.williams@portsmouth.anglican.org

Jeff leads the Education team and oversees all of its work with schools, academies and Further & Higher education. He works alongside and advises the Bishop of Winchester and the Bishop of Portsmouth, and the Diocesan Board of Education in the formation of strategy and all aspects of education policy. Jeff represents the Diocese at regional and national level in any aspect of education. He represents the Diocese at our Anglican Foundation University in Winchester on its Foundation Committee and is a Trustee at the University’s Multi Academies trust. Jeff also represents both dioceses as the Corporate Diocesan Member on regional and local Multi Academy and Mark 1 Trusts. He is a member of the Winchester Diocesan Leadership Team. 

Deputy Director of Education

Rob Sanders

02392 899658 

rob.sanders@winchester.anglican.org

Rob’s key responsibilities include deputising for and representing the Director at a regional and local level, and managing the day to day organisation and related work of the office-based Education Team. He supports the Director in monitoring and ensuring efficiency across the team’s work and with advising on diocesan vision and strategy for education. Rob takes an active role in supporting and promoting a distinctively Christian, community focused vision for education that serves The Common Good. Rob also takes the lead on school admissions and related policy and procedure.

Executive PA to the Director

Sam Powell

02392 899680

sam.powell@portsmouth.anglican.org

Sam provides all aspects of administrative support to the Director of Education and supports the work of the Education Team. Sam works part-time Monday to Friday, 9:15am to 1:30pm

Diocesan Education Adviser

Sue Bowen

02392 899662

sue.bowen@winchester.anglican.org

Sue leads on support for schools and parishes on the development of church school Christian distinctiveness and values, collective worship, spirituality, RE, SIAMS and school standards. The Diocesan Education Advisers offer training for governors on headteacher appointments and support schools in the process, and support schools on general pastoral issues. Sue also supports the work and responsibilities of ex-officio foundation governors.

Diocesan Education Adviser

Richard Wharton

02392 899662

richard.wharton@winchester.anglican.org

Richard leads on support for schools and parishes on the development of church school Christian distinctiveness and values, collective worship, spirituality, RE, SIAMS and school standards. The Diocesan Education Advisers offer training for governors on headteacher appointments and support schools in the process, and support schools on general pastoral issues. Richard also supports the work and responsibilities of foundation governors.

The DDE, DDDE and two Schools Advisers support Church Schools in the interviewing and appointment process for headteachers and deputy headteachers.

Diocesan RE and Children's Spirituality Lead 

Jane Kelly

T: 023 9289 9679
E: jane.kelly@portsmouth.anglican.org

Jane takes the lead on all aspects of Religious Education (RE). She also supports schools and parishes in all aspects of developing Children’s spiritual development and supports CofE representatives on the SACREs across our region.

Jane works part-time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Schools Buildings


The school buildings officers support Voluntary Aided schools in relation to building issues and government-funded building projects. The School Buildings officers are also central to advising on the building of new Church Schools.

Schools Buildings Officer

Tracy Dawkins (part-time)

02392 899681

Tracy works part-time, Monday – Wednesday.

schoolbuildings@winchester.anglican.org

Tracy supports Voluntary Aided schools in relation to building issues and government-funded building projects. The School Buildings officers are also central to advising on the building of new Church Schools.

Schools Buildings Officer

Barbara Millett

02392 899688

schoolbuildings@winchester.anglican.org

Barbara supports Voluntary Aided schools in relation to building issues and government-funded building projects. The School Buildings officers are also central to advising on the building of new Church Schools.

Education Department


Portsmouth Diocesan Office
1st Floor
Peninsular House
Wharf Road
Portsmouth
PO2 8HB