Church Schools

Part of Church Commissioners – in the House of Commons at on 23 June 2022.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

What assessment has the Church of England made of the impact, particularly on rural Church of England schools, of the dramatic reduction in the number of priests in some dioceses? Does the hon. Member share my concern that money generated by parishes is being increasingly sucked into diocesan administration and projects, meaning that an impossibly small number of priests serve huge numbers of parishes? That threatens the very future of English parish life, including the role of rural Church schools.