School church links praised

Members of Sutton Oak Primary School and  All
Members of Sutton Oak Primary School and All

A St Helens school’s strong links with a church has been recognised with a prestigious accolade.

Sutton Oak Primary School and neighbouring All Saints’ Church have been presented with a Church School Partnership Award.

The honour was handed over by the Venerable Roger Preece, Archdeacon of St Helens and Warrington in the Diocese of Liverpool, and celebrates the work of both school and church in the Sutton area.

The two organisations take part in joint fund-raising activities, joint celebration services and regularly pray for each other.

Head of Key Stage 2 Linda Lewis, who is also responsible for collective worship and the ethos of the school, said: “Few schools gain the Church School Partnership Award – so we are very proud to have done so.

“It shows how we support and encourage each other in many ways, with the children of Sutton Oak feeling that they are a part of the church family and that they value the church’s contribution to school life.

“I worked closely with Reverend Amanda Bruce from All Saints as we identified ways in which we currently work together, but every member of the school community also played a big part in this evidence gathering.”

As part of the celebrations a service was held in the church that included the children’s thoughts on what it means to be a part of the church family.

Each child also wrote down their own views on the partnership – with the work forming a display in church.