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Church School Leadership Course

This course enables participants to:

  • Engage with current thinking and practice in relation to Leadership and Vision
  • Develop successful and reflective practice in your own setting including engagement with personality profiling, effective communication, influence and problem-solving
  • Explore leadership styles and how to develop effective teams within the current educational climate
  • Think deeply about integrating your personal and professional life.

Course content

In the welcoming environment of High Leigh Conference Centre, this course will help you to integrate your personal philosophy and values with your professional practice.

  • You will explore becoming more reflective leaders engaging with the links between Christian distinctiveness and effectiveness in a Church school
  • Explore personal vision and ethos and its relationship to leadership, educational philosophy and individual school priorities
  • You will undertake Action research related to leadership around an aspect of personal interest within Church Schools to be presented at the end of the course.

Who is the course for?

It is designed for School Leaders, for those who are already leaders or aspire to be leaders – Headteacher, Head of School, Middle Leader, Department, Subject or Year Group Leaders.

It will be beneficial when applying for posts in Church of England Schools.

Previous course participants

The learning environment

The heart of the course is two 24 hour residential gatherings with overnight accommodation included plus two whole day seminars.

Attendance at all sessions is a requirement of the course.

The residentials and seminars are held at High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire CN11 8SG. By road seven miles from the M25. Further information available at

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Coursework and assessment

  • Attendance and full participation in all residentials and seminars is mandatory
  • Presentation including questions on a topic of personal interest applying your knowledge of Vision and Leadership. The topic will be identified with personal tutor during the first part of the course and to be delivered at the second residential
  • Expectation to engage in essential professional reading to contribute to discussion


  • Introductory Meeting (online): 3:45pm - 5pm, 25 June 2021
  • Residential One: 4pm, 29 September 2021 to 4pm, 30 September 2021
  • Seminar One: 10am – 4pm, 25 November 2021
  • Seminar Two: 10am – 4pm, 27 January 2022
  • Residential Two: 4pm, 17 March 2022 to 4pm, 18 March 2022


Both the residentials and seminars wlll be held at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

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  • The cost of the course is £750 plus VAT
  • In the event you are no longer to attend any of the sessions, or wish to withdraw from this course, regrettably course fees are non-refundable or transferrable
  • A third of the course fee is available through The Hockerill Foundation grant. Details are available on the Hockerill Foundation website 
  • The fee includes full-board, overnight accommodation at the two residentials and catering at the day seminars.


We are no longer accepting applications for this cohort.

Please contact to register your interest for future course dates.

Contact Details

For further discussion contact Ruth Everett or Carrie Prior.