The Diocese has responsibilities for schools and parts of schools, that are well over 200 years old through to those less that 2 months old, and some that are still in the planning stage!
All proposed development work of a semi-permanent or permanent nature must be notified to the Diocese, even where the school is local authority maintained or an academy. This includes, for example, fixed play equipment, change of use of a carpark or footpath, a conservatory or extension as well as major building works. The use of Church of England land and buildings is often regrettably extremely complex and checks even including legal advice must sometimes be made.
Educational Foundations grants and loans
The Educational Foundations is a diocesan fund available for CE schools to apply to for additional works that cannot be met by local authority, trust or other local sources including charities. There is a further opportunity for schools to be loaned funding at preferential rates.
We are delighted that schools have been successful in applications. This funding has enabled projects such as the creation of; a trim trail, an all weather running track, a mosaic mural of a new school vision, a community reception and welcome area and an Early Years outside area.
Schools must apply by the first week of December each year for consideration. Please contact the Education Team for more information.