Church of England schools were founded to be a close part of the parish community that they were built to serve. Originally established as an integral extension to the local church, entry was restricted to children of parents who were regular Church of England communicants as were the teachers also. Nowadays the Church of England affiliated schools take children from all cultural and religious backgrounds but the high scholastic reputation still lives on and these school often appear high up the Ofsted published league tables.
Church schools to this day nevertheless still have very close links to the local Parish church ( in the past they were often built next door to each other!) and the children are encouraged in their moral and spiritual development as well as their scholastic. Ofsted does also report that the proportion of children from Church schools achieving better exam results is very much higher than that of non-Church schools.
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