The Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) in Kensington has become the only secondary school in the North West to be awarded the Church and School Partnership Award.
Bishop Richard joined staff and pupils at a special assembly where they were presented with the award.
The partnership celebrates the Academy’s dedication to spreading love and charity both throughout the school and across the community.
A joint-faith Catholic-Anglican Academy, ASFA’s distinct Christian spirit is the driving force behind academy life and its commitment to maintaining strong links with local parishes. This unique position allows the academy to maintain relationships with local parishes across both faiths therefore encompassing the entire Christian community.
Working with such a diverse community allows the Academy to celebrate and enjoy cultural diversity and common faith which ultimately promotes an ethos of inclusivity.
Bishop Richard was joined by ministers Phil Saltmarsh and Pastor Johnson Abimbola, David Thorpe, Senior Diocesan Schools Adviser, and School Governors Lady Erica Hedley and Raymond Bissex.
The guests lit candles to symbolise the unity enjoyed by the school and local churches including All Saints Anglican Church, St Michael’s Catholic Church and Alive Believers Church.
The awards assembly featured songs performed by year 7 pupils as well as talented year 11 student Alzbeta and prayers were led by Mrs Greenough, Head of School, and Phil Johnson, Academy Chaplain.
Mrs Greenough says: “It is such an honour to be the only secondary school in the North West to be awarded the Church and School Partnership Award. This award is testament to our dedication to promoting Christian values throughout the community through working with our local parishes.”
Bishop Richard said “I was delighted to present the award. This school is clearly living out its mission through embracing both the Anglican and Catholic traditions so enthusiastically. I truly believe that in working together, the pupils and wider community really are discovering in each other generous companions, with our Lord Jesus walking alongside them. I wish them every blessing as they continue to work together and help our young people grow in faith.”