THE Bishop of Oxford has admitted there is still “work to do” on improving educational attainment in his diocese’s Church of England schools.
The Rt Rev John Pritchard addressed the Education Select Committee in Westminster on Wednesday on the issue of academies.
Bishop John is chairman of the Church of England’s Board of Education and episcopal spokesman on education in the House of Lords.
Committee chairman Graham Stuart raised concerns about the number of disadvantaged children achieving expected results in CoE schools, particularly the Diocese of Oxford, which he said was near the bottom of the list.
Bishop John said: “We will go wherever we can to serve the community. Sometimes we will not be able to achieve a short-term response or a quick response but we have been in this field for 200 years and generally our results are better than schools that are community schools or non-religious schools.”
Academies are schools funded by the Government but independent of council control and run by charitable trusts.
Locally the Diocese of Oxford is a sponsor of Oxford Academy in Littlemore, which was put in special measures by Ofsted last year.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
UPDATED: Fifty homes affected as burst water main causes significant flooding in Normandy Crescent in Oxford
7:37am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A WATER main has burst in an Oxford street causing significant flooding this morning.
1:20pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A MAN has appeared in court charged with raping a woman in Headington over the weekend.
Police force will not lose 400 officers says chief constable despite police and crime commissioner claim
12:32pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014
THE Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police has said the force is not set to lost 400 officers despite claims made by Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld at the weekend.
UPDATE: Delays on rail services between Oxford and London after two killed by train in "suspicious incident"
9:55am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
There are delays on rail services to London after a two people were killed when they were hit by a train in Slough.
11:10am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A MAN has been charged after a woman was raped in a flat in Headington on Saturday and another woman attacked in South Park on Sunday.
8:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A ROAD shut after a car was engulfed in flames has now fully reopened.