Board of Education
Promoting Christian distinctiveness through excellent education in the Diocese of Rochester

Director's Letters




To Headteachers & Chair of Governors.

18th September 2017      


Dear Colleague


On behalf of both John and myself, the professional team and the whole Rochester Diocesan Board of Education (RDBE), welcome to the new academic year. We, the team at the diocese realise that each new year is filled with both exciting and demanding challenges that at times will provide for you as the people charged with roles of significant responsibility times of great joy and serious concern. This year brings an opportunity for both you and us to reflect and refresh how we approach our respective roles. We in the diocesan team strive alongside all of you to provide the best possible Christian education for the young people in our care.


This year John and myself are undertaking new roles, at the request of the RDBE and Bishop James, on an interim basis as Diocesan Director of Education and Chair of the RDBE respectively. In these capacities, we are determined to strengthen the partnerships between the RDBE and the church schools and academy trusts. At the heart of this special relationship is the Christian ethos that we share and the Christian values that are core to all the work that we do, which combine to characterise the unique offering that our church schools and academy trusts make to the communities they serve. To establish the strongest possible bond between us to deliver the Church of England’s vision for education to our children and young people we at the RDBE will strive to ensure that our offering to you is relevant, supportive and of the highest calibre.


 At the centre of the provision of our service to your organisations is the Service Level Agreement. This will be refreshed to reflect both the statutory and non-statutory services in the clearest of terms. To ensure that our future endeavours continue to meet your needs we at the diocese will be undertaking extensive evaluation and consultative initiatives starting immediately. Your involvement is crucial to the successful future of our relationship. Attached to this letter John has provided important information about events, dates, procedures and opportunities for this coming year. Please circulate this letter to your team of staff and governors.


We need you to help us by being full participating members of the Rochester Diocesan family of schools. By working closely and supportively we can share our experience and expertise for the greater benefit of the provision of a deeply Christian education of the highest standard which our children and young people deserve.


We wish you and your teams a successful and Christ centred year. In the words of Saint Teresa of Avila; “Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” Let us all live out the spirit of those words in all our endeavours.


 With best wishes,


 Jeff Blyth                                                                                John Constanti

Chair RDBE                                                                             Director of Education


 Events and Information Sept. 17