Archbishop's 'inspirational' visit to high school


Dr Sentamu with sixth formers and Year 10 and 11 students who were involved in a Q and A session with himThe Bishops' Blue Coat Church of England High School in Chester recently hosted a visit from Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York. He spent several hours in the school meeting students and staff. More than 500 students and staff attended a special assembly with musical items from the choir and from Alice Capper, a sixth former at the school. Rachel Ellis gave a reading for Epiphany from the Bible.

Dr Sentamu was in the Diocese of Chester for two days, and the school was delighted to be chosen as one of the venues for a visit, writes assistant headteacher Judi Gait. He spoke movingly to the students and was well received.

Following coffee with the staff, Dr Sentamu then participated in a question-and-answer session with the whole sixth form and other older students in the school. The students had thought hard about which questions to ask him, and he did justice to them, responding in a thought-provoking, sensitive way.

OUR PICTURE shows Dr Sentamu with sixth formers and Year 10 and 11 students who took part in the question-and-answer session.

Members of the school community, including students, staff, governors and guests, then enjoyed a lunch reception in school and took the opportunity to introduce themselves to the Archbishop.

The extended visit made an impact on both staff and students and will be remembered in years to come. The Bishop of Birkenhead, the Rt Revd Keith Sinclair – who as Chair of Governors accompanied Dr Sentamu on his visit – contacted the headteacher to thank the school for the ‘superb hospitality shown to the Archbishop’ and wrote about the strong interest Dr Sentamu has in the work going on at the school. We were very proud to have been selected for a visit from such an