Headlines – 1 July 2022

Bournebrook CofE Primary – 25th Anniversary Celebration


Alison Patchett, Headteacher at Bournebrook CofE Primary writes:

“Everyone at Bournebrook was thrilled that Bishop Christopher and Rev Ian Kennedy joined us at our service of thanksgiving for our 25th anniversary year. We were also joined by community members, former headteachers and former governors, which made the day very special for us all.”


International Cross of Nails Award for Meriden CofE Primary

Congratulations to Meriden CofE Primary who gathered as a whole school community at St Laurence’s Church on Tuesday to be presented with their International Cross of Nails award. Coventry Cathedral’s Sub Dean, Kathryn Fleming lead a wonderful service with fabulous singing, drama performance and celebration by pupils and staff. The Headteacher Lucy Anderton spoke about the associated reconciliation work and in particular their pioneering anti-bullying programme.



St Lawrence CofE Primary, Napton – Courageous Advocacy in Coventry


John Brine, Headteacher of St Lawrence CofE Primary, Napton writes about the recent trip their year 4 pupils had in Coventry:  “We were given the offer of working with the Coventry foodbank and trialling a primary school experience. It really was brilliant and a perfect real opportunity for children to collect food, see how it was received, know why the foodbanks are so important and needed these days and then be actively involved in the distribution of donated food: advocacy in action!  I really would recommend this as an opportunity for schools to take up – and I don’t mind talking to prospective schools and sharing details with them. Dee who led the team was so approachable and an absolute delight to work with.  Year 4 also visited Coventry Cathedral with the chance to really discover and delve into the history of Coventry too as they trialled the new WW2 and history experience that is being opened to the public.”

Do contact John if you would like any further information about the food bank experience.


Diocesan Racial Justice Logo Competition

With Accompanying Resources inc. Collective Worship and Lesson Plans for Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form

The Diocese of Coventry (Race Equality Advisory Group) are launching a brand new and incredibly important competition and they need the help of pupils in all our CofE schools.  The competition begins a search for a logo that will capture the importance of racial equality not only for our diocese but for all people living in community. The details of the competition, including dates and the requirements for the logo, can be found in the competition brief and there are categories for primary, secondary and sixth form. Lesson plans and collective worship resources have been developed to support you as you introduce pupils to the important concept of racial justice and the competition.  Find all the details and resources on the DBE website under the general resources area – look for ‘racial justice resources’.  The closing date is 26th September 2022.  We can’t wait to see what your pupils produce!


Spiritual Growth Resources for Year 6 Leavers

Beautiful resources from the Growing Faith team on spiritual growth for Y6 pupils. They are designed for pupils who leave CofE primaries to go to non-CofE secondaries and wish to continue the spiritual growth they had nurtured until this point in their lives.  There are activities about:

  • Purpose: Do you know you are made in the image of God?
  • People: Life isn’t supposed to be lived in isolation.
  • Prayer: Do you ever sit quietly and talk to God?
  • Place: Everyone needs a place where they feel safe and completely themselves.
  • Plan: Good things usually happen when we set good intentions.
  • Progress: Do you want to keep growing spiritually?

They can be explored in any order, and as many or as few as needed.  Find them here: https://www.adventureswithgod.life/keep-growing.html


Help Shape DfE policy

Join a teacher reference group for the opportunity to contribute to national policy. The primary headteacher, secondary headteacher and teacher reference groups give feedback to DfE officials and ministers on policy development and implementation, which helps ensure that the decisions made are the right ones for those working in the education sector. Apply to join the primary headteacher, secondary headteacher or teacher reference groups by 5pm on Monday 11 July.


Culham St Gabriel’s – Grants of up to £1000 Available

To celebrate their 10th Anniversary, Culham St Gabriel’s are looking to support 10 small innovative projects or initiatives with grants of £1,000 each to support and develop the teaching and leadership of religion and worldviews.  In addition, the Trust’s current priority areas include parental understanding of an education in religion and worldviews, pupil voice, engagement with local communities (e.g. worldview communities, local businesses or organisations), reaching the ‘unreached’ teachers, and initial teacher education. They also welcome applications with other themes.  Any organisation whose proposed project is aligned with their objectives can apply and this includes individual schools and multi-academy trusts.  The closing date for applications is 22 September.  For full details: https://www.cstg.org.uk/grants/celebrating-10-years/


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