Methodist Church plans to build schools in deprived areas
02 July 2012
The Methodist Church has today reaffirmed its commitment
to the education sector, pledging to increase the number of
state-funded Methodist schools over the next ten years.
Currently, 22,000 children attend the 65 state-funded and
14 independent Methodist schools in England and Wales. All the
schools have a Christian foundation, serve their local community
and are fully inclusive, welcoming pupils of all faiths and
The Methodist Conference agreed today to reinvigorate the
Church's engagement with education and has asked Methodist
Districts across Great Britain to identify local communities that
need new schools, especially in areas of socio-economic
"Everyone matters to God and no one should be deprived of
the opportunity to develop to their full potential," said Dr John
Barrett, Chair of the Education Commission. "The Methodist approach
to education has always been about the development of
the whole person - not just reading, writing and arithmetic.
We believe that all human beings are made in the image of God and
our schools have a strong commitment to creating an ethos in which
every person is valued. They seek to fully address children's
spiritual, moral, social and cultural needs."
The Conference, meeting in Plymouth this week, also agreed
a range of other proposals to expand the Church's involvement.
These include offering greater support to Methodists who work in
the education sector and aiming to increase the number of chaplains
to further education intuitions and Methodist schools.
Last week, two Methodist schools received recognition in
the annual Church School Awards. Kent College Canterbury was
awarded the London and South East region prize and St Andrew's
Church of England and Methodist Voluntary Aided Primary School in
Derbyshire also won a special commendation.
You can hear more about the report of the Education
Commission in an interview with John Barrett online here.
The full Education Commission report is available
A hi-res photo of Dr Barrett is available to download here.