Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (ODBE) provides high quality bespoke support throughout the Diocese of Oxford, to almost all the Church Schools in the diocese and a growing number of Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), standalone academies and other schools.

Through S4S ODBE continues to address the requirements of MATs, academies and schools in our changing educational landscape. Our programme of support for school leaders and governors places the wellbeing and care of those leading schools at the heart of what we offer and nurtures and grows resilient leadership.

Given its scope and scale, ODBE is well placed to work with both local and national government as well as external partners to leverage support for the academies and schools within its care.  Through its S4S advisory services ODBE promotes:

Religious Education

Collective Worship

Spiritual development of pupils

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 is the largest in England and covers the nine local authorities (LAs): 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 271 primary phase church schools, 8 schools in the secondary phase, 2 all through and 2 middle schools.

The ODBE is committed to the education of the whole person to their fullest potential, to the development of moral and spiritual understanding, to the uniqueness of the individual and to the education of all within the maintained system. It works within statutory education on behalf of the Diocese of Oxford in developing a Christian vision of education. It fulfils this commitment to all schools through the provision of a range of advice and support.