Teaching in a Church School - NQTs

NQTs and Teachers New to Church Schools

The Diocese of Southwark covers a wide geographical area and includes an extremely diverse population. The diocese stretches from Greenwich in the east, to Kingston in the west; its northern boundary is the River Thames and it extends beyond the M25 into Surrey. Our schools range from country villages to the heart of the city.

Local Authorities within the diocese include:

  • Bexley (1 school, others are in Rochester Diocese)
  • Croydon
  • Greenwich
  • Kingston
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Merton
  • Richmond (south of the Thames)
  • Southwark
  • Surrey (parts of Surrey are in Guildford Diocese)
  • Sutton
  • Wandsworth

Church of England schools are both distinctive and inclusive. This means that while our schools are definitely distinctively Christian, they are open to and inclusive of those of other faiths, or no faith. Good RE teaching incorporates learning about other world faiths and no child is ever indoctrinated.

You do not have to be a Christian to teach in a Church of England school, although staff members are expected to respect the school’s Christian ethos. Staff teams are diverse, with members from a variety of faiths and backgrounds, reflecting the local community. This diversity is what helps make our schools vibrant and stimulating. The Christian commitment to the value of every individual extends beyond the student in the classroom to the staff, and every member of the school community.

More Frequently Asked Questions about working in Church of England Schools.


The Board offers an induction training session for Newly Qualified Teachers and teachers new to Church Schools. This session takes place in either October or November each year, depending on your availability. 

Areas covered include:

  • a background to church schools
  • an overview of the Diocese
  • distinctive features of church schools
  • information on the National Standards
  • RE and Worship
  • an overview of resources available

Please refer to the training section of our Members' Area for further details of NQT sessions.

Current NQT Teaching Vacancies

Please visit our Job Vacancies page