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New Diocese awards for Cumbrian schools

A new Diocesan award is to recognise Cumbrian schools which have helped build strong partnerships with their local churches.

For the first time ever four schools from across the county will receive a Bishop’s Church and School Award.

Those to be honoured at a special presentation are:-

Beaconside C of E Primary, Penrith
Cartmel C of E Primary
Gosforth C of E Primary
Low Furness C of E Primary.

The awards recognise ongoing work in the development of Christian clubs in the schools to help create closer working ties with churches.

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome said: “We’re delighted to have launched these awards and all four schools are worthy recipients of praise

“It’s a fantastic demonstration of the work that is ongoing in our Cumbrian communities to bring the light of Christ to our youngsters.

”In terms of fresh expression of church and community outreach their work also links in wonderfully with our Diocesan Vision of growing disciples.”

Pupils and club leaders from all four winning schools have been invited for afternoon tea with Bishop James and members of staff from the Diocesan Board of Education at Rydal Hall on Monday 15 July.

Each school will each give a presentation on the work they’ve completed to develop Christian clubs.

Michael Mill, Director of Education said: “We were aware of some really innovative work between churches and schools and wanted a way of recognising good practice and encouraging others to realise what might be possible in their communities.”

Application forms for the 2014 award will be available from the Diocesan website from September 2013. Any innovative church & school partnership is welcome to apply.

Photos of the presentation will be available by 16th July from

Notes for editors:

Details of what has gone on at each school in terms of Christian clubs;

Beaconside C of E Primary, Penrith – a strong ecumenical team running the weekly club, which links with increasingly popular termly family events.

Gosforth C of E Primary – a new club with strong ecumenical prayer support from local church community & good visible club presence within school.

Cartmel C of E Primary – a popular new club reaching ¼ of school, links well with school themes & weekly assemblies.

Low Furness C of E Primary – a fantastic example of an ecumenical after-school club which links well into the benefice’s vision for their work with children & families.

For any further information about this event please contact Michael Mill, Director of Education


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