Education and schools work – Trustees required

Published on: 10 January 2023

Governance across the Diocese of Norwich’s work with its schools and academy trusts is strong. However, we are never complacent and are always seeking to encourage new talent to join us in these non-executive voluntary roles. The Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) expects and ensures that all involved promote and help develop the Christian ethos and culture of our schools and academy trusts.

We are currently seeking those with the following skills and experience:

  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Organisational growth and development

If you would like to make a difference to the life chances of children across the Diocese and support staff in our schools read on!

Brief overview of the academy trusts in the Diocese of Norwich

Across the Diocese of Norwich there are 110 Church of England schools (only two of these are secondary schools) educating around 17,000 pupils. Of these, 85% are classed as small (less than 200 pupils) and 50% are very small (under 100 pupils). These predominantly serve rural areas and market/coastal towns.

Our Education Strategy 2018– 2023 can be found at: and sets out our ambition to see schools provide a high-quality holistic education and remain sustainable into the future. We believe this is best achieved by working collaboratively and joining one of our two multi academy trusts: St Benet’s Multi Academy Trust (MAT) or The Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT)

Both are governed by a Board of Trustees, and we would welcome the opportunity to talk to potential new trustees.

If serving more locally is of greater interest to you, our schools are always keen to recruit new local governors to support their work.

How to find out more

If you are interested in exploring how you can serve the Diocese as an academy trust trustee or school governor, please contact Paul Dunning, or 07587 550457.

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