Headlines – 12 April 2024

School News

Alveston Church of England Primary School celebrated the official opening of their new outdoor space on Wednesday morning, April 10th, with a special service. The ceremony welcomed families, benefactors, and Revd April Gold, Diocesan Director of Education, who kindly opened and blessed the new space.

“We are thrilled to unveil this beautiful new addition to our school grounds,” said Head Teacher Anne Clewley. “This project not only enhances our outdoor environment but also provides a much-needed quiet space for our children to reflect, contemplate, and pray. It’s a wonderful testament to the power of community support.”


Vacancy – Deputy Diocesan Director of Education

 The DBE are currently advertising for a part time Deputy Diocesan Director of Education. Find the advertisement and more information here.


Vacancy – RE Facilitator for Coventry and Warwickshire

Jen Jenkins is stepping back from her SACRE role as RE Facilitator for Coventry and Warwickshire from the end of this academic year. That role is now available for applicants to apply here. Please do pass this on to any RE colleagues you know who might be interested.


Year 6 Transition Resources

Year 6 Transition sessions are available on the DBE website under general resources.

Written by Jen Jenkins they include 9 hour-long sessions, teacher notes, PowerPoint presentations and a pupil reflective journal under the theme of ‘Growing Beyond Your Roots: Transitioning from Primary to Secondary’ with a church school focus.

There are also resources for Y6 pupils to download and use once they have left their CofE primary school on the Growing Faith website:



Archbishop of York Leaders Award Free Information Webinars

Looking for a programme that supports pupils to develop courageous advocacy, leadership and character and to serve their communities?

The AYLA gave the children a comprehensive understanding of community. Pupils were empowered to engage with people and develop self confidence in speaking with members of the community… our pupils were able to witness how their actions brought joy.” AYLA teacher

Come and find out more about the Archbishops’ Young Leaders Award programme through our free online sessions this term for both Primary and Secondary schools. Sign up at www.abyyt.com/events


No Place Like Home – Art and Poetry Competition for Schools

The Sanctuary Foundation has launched an exciting new art and poetry competition that invites all students age 7-18 to reflect on what life is like for the 43.3 million children around the world who are displaced.

Students can create either a piece of artwork or a piece of poetry illustrating their empathy with or experience of being separated from the place they call home. These creations will be judged by a fantastic panel of celebrities, refugees, and journalists with the top 30 entries going on display in The British Library during National Refugee Week (17th-21st June 2024). They will also be featured in a special national online assembly, in the press and elsewhere. The prize ceremony will be at the British Library on World Refugee Day (20th June 2024)

Deadline for submissions: 20th May 2024 (free entry if submitted before 20th March)Find out more on the Sanctuary Foundation website here.


Prayer Spaces in Schools – Supporting and Enhancing the Spiritual Flourishing of Pupils and Adults – Free Webinar

Monday 29th April – 19.30 – 20.30 on Zoom

We know that prayer spaces in schools can make a big contribution to the spiritual development of children and young people. But what does spiritual flourishing look like in a school setting? For this Prayer Spaces Session Ali Rice talks about her work helping schools to develop their spiritual life. Ali will be delving into what spiritual flourishing is and how we can support this for a whole school community.

NB The zoom log on will be sent to you on the day, after lunchtime.

Register here.


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