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Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (ODBE) provides high quality bespoke support to Church Schools and Academies in the diocese of Oxford.

The ODBE is committed to the education of the whole person to their fullest potential, the development of moral and spiritual understanding, the uniqueness of the individual and the education of all within the maintained system. In our work with school leaders and governors the wellbeing and care of those leading schools is at the heart of what we offer, in order to nurture resilient leadership.

ODBE works with local authorities, government and external partners on behalf of the academies and schools within its care.  Through its advisory services ODBE promotes:

  • Religious Education;
  • Collective Worship;
  • Spiritual development;
  • SIAMS and Ofsted inspections;
  • Leadership development.

The team provides specialist support for building development and legal matters. Among the churches of the diocese, the Board promotes church-related education and provides advice for clergy, governors and parishes in support of their schools.

The Diocese of Oxford covers the nine local authorities: Bracknell, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham. Some 60,000 pupils attend Church Schools in the diocese. There are 272 primary phase church schools, 8 schools in the secondary phase, 2 all through and 2 middle schools.

Special material to support worship and spirituality on the return to school