Our Christian vision and values

Distinctiveness

‘The enabling of every child to flourish in their potential as a child of God is a sign and expression of the Kingdom and is at the heart of the Church’s distinctive mission’.
(The Church School of the Future review 2012)

Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, said that ‘church schools embody the truth that a context of firm principles suffused by faith and love is the best and right basis for learning and growing’; our mission is to support schools in their desire to nurture and develop their Christian character and to provide the best possible education for every child in their care.

Our schools aim to be both excellent and distinctive, celebrating their Anglican heritage to make them special places of teaching and learning.  A truly distinctive church school is built on the centrality of the Christian faith in the life of the school, not as an additional or incidental feature, but as a fundamental and guiding principle. The quality and distinctiveness of all Church of England schools is monitored through regular denominational inspections focusing on the schools’ Christian values and their impact on the education of the children in their care.

You can find out more about the Church of England’s vision for Education here.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is the second aim of education as set out in the Education Reform Act 1988. The Diocese of Norwich believes that SMSC development is at the heart of school effectiveness and should be central in developing the vision and articulating the values of a school.

Download our SMSC Development: a Christian perspective booklet or purchase printed copies here.

Valuing all God’s Children

The Church of England Education office have updated their document “Valuing All Gods Children”. This document is a guide for Church of England schools on challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. The document is available below: