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What is the purpose of Church schools?
'To nourish Christians in their faith, encourage those of other faiths, and challenge those of no faith.'
- Lord Runcie
'Church schools stand at the centre of the Church's mission to the nation.'
- General Synod resolution, 1998
'No Church school can be considered as part of the Church's mission unless it is distinctively Christian.' Their 'purpose is to offer a spiritual dimension to the lives of young people, within the traditions of the Church of England, in an increasingly secular world.'
- 'The Way Ahead, Church of England School in the New Millenium'
Ethos Statement of the Church of England for all its schools
'Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the church at parish and diocesan level.
The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all pupils.'