Chester Cathedral's Canon Chancellor's awards

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undefinedThese awards are for innovation in Christian teaching. They offer primary, secondary and special schools from across the UK an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in the teaching of Christianity through art, drama and music.

The inaugural awards ceremony was held at Chester Cathedral earlier this year. Three primary schools, one secondary school and one special school claimed top prizes for their creative teaching.

Amongst the winners were: St Mary’s primary school from Eccleston (near Chester); St Thomas primary school from Blackburn; Canon Burrows primary school from Tameside; Dowdales secondary school from Dalton-in-Furness; and The Russett School from Weaverham.

The winning schools were presented with a certificate by Bishop of Birkenhead, Keith Sinclair. They also received £100 towards the cost of purchasing Christian resources for their classrooms and were treated to Cathedral at Height tower tours.

Chester Cathedral’s Canon Chancellor Jane Brooke said: “The first year of the awards  was a great success.  I am delighted with the standard of work in RE which encouraged young people to engage and think deeply about Christianity in school.”

She urged schools to enter the 2016 awards. All schools are eligible to apply. Prizes will be awarded to: two primary schools, two secondary schools and one special school.

Each school will receive: £100 for the school towards purchasing resources to teach Christianity in RE; a visit for 32 pupils to Chester Cathedral at no charge; and £200 towards the cost of transport for the cathedral visit.

The winning schools will be invited to Chester Cathedral to receive their award on Tuesday 1 March 2016.

For more details of how to enter the awards visit www.chestercathedral.com and follow the links from Education to Canon Chancellor Award.

Above - award winners from 2015, St Thomas’  primary school, Blackburn, with senior clergy from our diocese …  (L to R) Bishop Keith Sinclair, Muhammad Hajat, Frances Clements, Alisha Mulla, Jack Tindall, Umaimah Jalgonkar and the Canon Chancellor of Chester Cathedral, Jane Brooke