“Always moving and meaningful” were the words of one of the 300 attendees at the annual ‘Service of Thanksgiving for the Work of School Governors’ held in the Cathedral on Saturday 25 February, writes Director of Education, Sue Green

Friends and families watched as Bishop Tim commissioned Foundation Governors to serve their schools in the name of Jesus Christ. This year a significant number of governors from community and Roman Catholic schools joined with their counterparts from our Church of England schools at this special service. 

The Revd Jan Ainsworth, Chief Education Officer and General Secretary for the National Society, preached and reminded those present of the Church’s historical involvement in education, stretching back many hundreds of years.

She thanked those present for their commitment and hard work in serving schools as governors, acknowledging that they were dealing with many difficult and challenging opportunities and issues. However, she also reassured those from Church Schools that the Diocesan Board of Education was working hard to “steer a safe passage for schools at this time”.

Lay Canon, Jenny Thomas, Headteacher of Bishop Cornish CEVA Primary School, read the Gospel [Matthew 18.1-6, 10-14], Miss Jessica Crosbie, a former pupil of St Martin’s CEVA Primary School, performed a captivating worship song, and Mrs Jayne Biddle, Headteacher of Marhamchurch CEVC Primary School, led the intercessions.

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