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The Diocesan Education Team

The Rochester Diocesan Education Team – Serving And Supporting Our Church Schools

We are small team working from the education office which is situated in the church building next to Rochester Cathedral.  We work with our Diocesan Board of Education to provide support and advice to the family of Church schools across the Diocese within four local authorities – Kent, Medway, Bromley and Bexley.  We serve a total of 90 schools – 85 of which are primary schools and 5 of which are secondary schools.

Our address is:

Rochester Diocesan offices
St Nicholas Church
Boley Hill

Telephone number: 01634 560000

We are here to answer your questions and offer advice on all issues relating to our Church schools.

Our pen portraits below indicate the areas in which we are individually able to support you – please email in the first instance unless the matter is urgent.

John Constanti

Diocesan Director Of Education

John has served as a governor at six Church schools. He has 37 years' experience, both in this Diocese and the Diocese of Southwark, in working with schools across the different phases of education and advising on wide-ranging educational matters. 

John leads the Education Team based at the Diocesan Office in Rochester.

John is responsible for:

  1. The strategic leadership for the planning and structural development of all Church of England schools and academies across the Diocese of Rochester
  2. Advising, supporting and guiding all Church schools and academies on issues relating to property, finance and capital funding to ensure that Church schools and academies remain sustainable and meet the needs of their communities
  3. The planning and development of Church school organisation projects and initiatives including the introduction of academies, free schools, federations and collaborative partnerships across the Diocese
  4. Liaising with schools over improvements and the maintenance of premises and advising on any potential funding streams

John can be contacted on: 01634 560019 Mobile: 07894 424339


St. Nicholas Church,
Boley Hill,

Gemma Hitch 

Gemma is responsible for

  1. Offering advice and support in relation to school improvement and supporting vulnerable schools
  2. Admissions
  3. Governance
  4. Organising the Church Schools’ Celebration events
  5. Representing the RDBE on the School Effectiveness Committee
  6. Liaising and co-operating with other advisers and relevant bodies including LAs and SACREs
  7. Working closely with diocesan partners to support and advise schools on preparation for SIAMS Inspection
  8. Working closely with diocesan partners to support schools with the development of Christian vision and associated values, Religious Education, collective worship, spiritual development and church school distinctiveness

Gemma can be contacted on 01634 560018 Mobile: 07841 371470

St Nicholas Church,
Boley Hill,

Gemma has 20 years experience in education, first as a teacher and then a school leader. She taught in schools in Hertfordshire and Kent, before taking up a Deputy Headship at a school in the London Borough of Newham. For the 8 years prior to her appointment as Deputy Director, she was Headteacher of Laddingford Primary School, on the outskirts of Maidstone.



Louise Liddy

Administrative Assistant

Louise has worked as a PA for over 20 years primarily working in the legal industry. Louise joined the Diocese of Rochester in 2022.

Louise is responsible for: 

  • Making arrangements and prepare documentation for all meetings, including attending and minuting meetings as well as co-ordinating other events such as training and conferences
  • Updating and maintain all DBE records, including records of appointment of governors and DBS checks for DBE members and associates
  • Provide all other general administrative support to the team, including responding to telephone and email correspondence

Louise can be contacted on 01634 560025 


St Nicholas Church,
Boley Hill, Rochester,