Facts and Figures
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The Diocese serves a population of 1.945 million.
The Diocese serves an area of 1,744 square-miles.
The Diocese has 265 Benefices, 425 Parishes and 573 Churches.
The Diocese has 502 clergy in active ministry – 142 women and 360 men.
On average, each member of the clergy serves 3,800 people.
In 2009, the latest year for which statistics are available, churches in the diocese had an average weekly attendance of 38,000; of which 30,000 were on a Sunday.
In 2008, the average weekly attendance was 38,100.
These average attendance figures do not include Christmas and Easter when attendance is much higher - up to double that in an average week.
For further information and national statistics click here.
In 2010, the Diocese baptised 3,838 infants (under one year old) - over 18 per cent of births (plus 1,862 children and 422 adults).
In the Church of England, Confirmation is the service at which people confirm for themselves the promises made for them at baptism and at which they publicly declare themselves to be Christian.
The Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education is the second largest in the Church of England with 206 Church of England Schools. Of these, 47 are Voluntary Aided; 157 are Voluntary Controlled and two are Foundation Schools.
Some 44,000 children and young people are educated in Church of England schools in the diocese.
There are 196 Primary schools, six Middle schools and four Secondary schools in seven local education authority areas: Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Walsall.
73 schools received Denominational Inspections (statutory inspection of anglican schools) in 2006/07 and 19% were judged “Outstanding”, 60% “Good” and 21% “Satisfactory”. No school was unsatisfactory. On average, over the period 2003-06, in Key Stage 2 SATs results Church of England schools in the Diocese of Lichfield outperformed all schools in the seven relevant local authority areas by 8% (number of pupils achieving Level 4 (the expected level) in the three main curriculum areas (Literacy, Numeracy, Science)).