southwark diocesan board of education
southwark diocesan board of education
We are a growing Church of England Trust where each of us shares a common vision; to ensure all children and young people in our schools realise their God-given potential and aspire to exceed expectations.
We believe a school’s identity and individuality is what makes them special and we work hard to promote them within our family of schools and amongst our communities. We believe in the power of collaborative working and actively promote school to school support as a means to share knowledge, experience and insight. We create a supportive environment where achievements are celebrated and each member’s God-given skills and talents are valued and shared.
The Diocese of Southwark covers 12 local authorities across South London and part of Surrey. They offer support and advice to 106 Church of England Schools (including Christ Church School), academies and universities.
The aim of the SDBE is to provide professional, expert advice and assistance to support schools, colleges and universities in their endeavours to develop Church of England education and an understanding of the Christian Gospel.
The school values the links it has with the SDBE and signs up annually to the SDBE Service Level Agreement.
Staff attend regular CPD training at the SDBE which is then fed back to all teaching staff, thereby allowing teachers to have the most up-to-date training and development available.
Our vision is that all our schools should provide an authentically Catholic education for all who want it, in a setting in which all children flourish and where the quality of education, including educational standards, is exemplary.
Important Communication regarding Denominational Inspections
The Governing Body of St. Luke’s , West Norwood, is considering becoming an academy within the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education Multi-Academy Trust (SDBE MAT).
Whilst agreeing to the proposals in principal the final decision on whether or not to seek academy status and enter the SDBE MAT will be taken by our Governing Body based on what is considered best for our school, children, staff and wider community. As part of the decision-making process, the Governing Body is committed to undertaking full consultation with our stakeholders and will take their views into account before any final decision is made. The purpose of this statement therefore, is to introduce the proposals to you, and signpost you to additional information and explain how you can take part in the consultation process.
Registered charity number: 313001
The Southwark Diocesan Board Of Education (incorporated)’s method of operation:
- Acts as an umbrella or resource body
- Provides services
- Provides advocacy/advice/information
What services The Southwark Diocesan Board Of Education (incorporated) provides:
The Southwark Diocesan Board Of Education (incorporated) provides services to:
- Children/young people
Where The Southwark Diocesan Board Of Education (incorporated) operates:
- Throughout london
The Southwark Diocesan Board Of Education (incorporated)’s charitable objectives:
Target Group: Governors
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The School is part of the Diocese of Southwark and values the links with and support from Southwark Diocesan Board of Education. The local Southwark schools work closely together to support different aspects of improvement and learning for the children.
Visits to other schools form part of this e.g. a school that is in a much more urban environment supports the children’s learning about diversity and culture. The children also visit other churches in Southwark Diocese such as the Cathedral.
St Mary’s were delighted to be invited to host a Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) showcasing event. We welcomed 20 school leaders from across the Diocese to our school, alongside Colin Powell – SDBE Director of Education, Shaun Burns – SDBE RE Primary Adviser and Marcus Cooper – SDBE Primary Adviser. Our visitors enjoyed a presentation from the children’s Faith Group, reflective worship, RE lesson observations across the school, our Easter Journey – led by children and a school tour, led by our Head Girl and Head Boy. It was also a great opportunity for St Mary’s to share our good practice in achieving the Gold Religious Education Quality Mark and to learn about RE in other schools. The feedback from the visitors was very positive and we were very proud to share our wonderful school.
Please see below a copy of a letter received from Mr Colin Powell – Director of Education – Southwark Diocesan Board of Education
Barbara Lane, currently Project Director for Partnerships for Church of England Schools, is Chair of Southwark Cathedral’s Millennium Trust and a governor of the Cathedral School.
Barbara Lane says: “I am delighted to be appointed Director of Education for the Diocese of Southwark and for the opportunity to build on the excellent work of Linda Borthwick and the Board of Education team. It is an exciting time in education with new opportunities and partnerships and I look forward to leading this important work.”