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600 primary school children to take part in first ever Cathedral leavers’ services

Nearly 600 primary school children are set to take part in a series of special services at Carlisle Cathedral to mark their move to secondary school.

It’s the first time that the Cathedral has staged the Leavers’ Services, with plans that they become an annual event.

Staff and Year Six students from 35 Church schools across the county will join together for services to be held on Wednesday 15 June at 11am followed by services on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 at 11am and 2pm each day.

The Rev’d Canon Jan Kearton, Canon Warden of Carlisle Cathedral, has helped organise the services along with Michael Mill, Diocesan Director of Education, Children and Young People, Andrea Armstrong, headteacher at Raughton Head CE Primary and Christina Boucetla, headteacher of Gilsland CE Primary.

Jan explained: “As the Mother Church of the diocese, the Cathedral is working hard to develop strong relationships across the diocese.

“It will be wonderful to bring these Year Six students together so they can share the joy and experience of moving on to secondary school.

“In the Cathedral’s ‘big worship’ setting they’ll be able to see that lots of other young people are moving on too. It’s great opportunity for the Cathedral, on behalf of the diocese, to thank God for our wonderful schools and their dedicated staff, our great young people and the new opportunities to come for them. We’ll be encouraging the students to remember that God travels with them wherever they go, and that his love supports them through every experience. Canon Michael and I want the students to have fun and to take away a lasting memory.”

The services will be jointly led by Jan and the Rev’d Canon Michael Manley, Canon Missioner for the Cathedral, and will be based around Jeremiah 6 verse 16, focussing on the particular reference to “stand at the crossroads and look”.

As well as songs of worship the youngsters will consider four specific challenges to take the easy or hard way, to follow Jesus, to try everything and to change the world.

Each child will be given a specially prepared service booklet which has been sponsored by the Cumberland Building Society.

Andrea Armstrong, headteacher at Raughton Head CE Primary, said: “This is a pivotal time for our children and so it’s important that they know the Church is here with them and to support them as they prepare to move on.

“Our hope too is that these children will keep up their connections with church as they move on.”


Notes to editors
The schools attending are:


 All Saints C of E School
Blackford C of E School
Boltons C of E School
Bridekirk Dovenby C of E School
Cartmel C of E School
Crosby-on-Eden C of E School
Crosscanonby St Johns C of E School
Culgaith C of E School
Dean C of E School
Dent C of E School
Eaglesfield Paddle C of E Acadamy
Gilsland C of E School
High Hesket C of E School
Holm Cultrum Abbey C of E School
Houghton C of E School
Ireby C of E School
Ivegill C of E School
Kirkbampton C of E School
Lanercost C of E School
Lazonby C of E School
Lees Hill Primary C of E School
Morland Area C of E School
Raughton Head C of E School
Rosley C of E School
Shankhill C of E School
Shap Endowed C of E School
St Begas C of E School
St Bridgets C of E School, Brigham
St Martin and St Mary C of E School
St Michael's C of E School, Dalston
Vicarage Park C of E School
Waberthwaite C of E School
Warcop C of E School
Wiggonby C of E School
Wreay C of E School

For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at

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