Monday, 18 April 2011

St Josephs Specialist School and College at the National Church Schools Awards

St Joseph's collect their award

The inaugural Church School Awards was launched in September 2010. Open to all Church Schools, the Awards are designed to promote the fantastic and vital work done in the areas of community cohesion and global citizenship; the BIG SOCIETY in action! The Awards are an opportunity for everyone involved in Christian education to celebrate the unique and vital work that students, teachers, governors and staff do for their local communities, for our country and throughout the world.

From exchange visits to Malawi, to community outreach programmes with other local schools, from promoting the values of sustainable development through Live Simply, to encouraging good citizenship, The Church School Awards are an opportunity for Christian education to show what underpins all of our Church Schools, in the UK, and worldwide.

The 2010/11 Awards were presented at Westminster Cathedral Hall, on Thursday 24th March 2011 by Minister for Schools, Lord Hill, and Andy Akinwolere, from BBC Blue Peter.

Over 130 schools across the nation entered for the awards which recognised the great work achieved by church schools in local and global community cohesion. The scheme was open to all church schools and most entries were from much larger mainstream primary and secondary schools. Only 15 schools received an award so St Joseph’s can be proud of this achievement. St Josephs Specialist School and college in Cranleigh cater for children aged 5 – 19 with Autism and moderate to severe learning difficulties.

Joshua and Jordan went to the Gala Award Event with John Coleman and Annie Sutton, Deputy Headteacher, to receive the award on behalf of the school. Annie Sutton said, “Bishop Kieran was also at the award ceremony to witness our success. He spoke to Jordan and Joshua and told them how proud he was of St Joseph’s.”

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