Bishop Richard presented a Church and School Partnership Award to Croxteth’s Emmaus Church of England and Catholic Primary, the first school in the country which was conceived and built as such.
Bishop Richard presented a Church and School Partnership Award to Croxteth’s Emmaus Church of England and Catholic Primary, a joint denominational school, and the first school in the country which was conceived and built as such.
Church and School Partnership Awards are presented by the Diocese of Liverpool to schools and churches that can demonstrate a proven record of working together. Those who apply for the award have been commended for their partnership in events, prayer, music, fundraising and citizenship projects amongst other things.
As Emmaus school is a joint Church of England and Catholic Primary, it has close links with both St Cuthbert’s C of E Church and Queen of Martyrs RC Church. The school works together with the churches in a variety of ways such as joint services and fundraising.
Head Teacher Alan Williams from Emmaus said, "At Emmaus School we are proud of the excellent partnerships with both our churches and our school. Our clergy deliver several services throughout the year both in school and in church. They also help to enhance our Religious Education curriculum in the classroom and have been instrumental in helping us to achieve our mission statement. We have also worked together in supporting a range of charities both at home and abroad. This award acknowledges the hard work of all our children, staff, governors, parents and clergy and we are delighted to receive it!"
Bishop Richard said, “This school is clearly living out its mission, ‘to journey in partnership and seek out opportunities to work together,’ 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.’ This sense of community does not just impact locally, but also further afield through the impressive fundraising activities taken on by both the school and churches. I wish them every blessing as they continue to work together and help our young people grow in faith.”
Rev Alastair Prince, from St Cuthbert’s added, “St Cuthbert’s and Queen of Martyrs have an excellent, longstanding relationship with each other and with Emmaus School. Representatives from both churches are on the school governing body, clergy and parishioners are involved in activities at the school and Emmaus helps promote our events and services. This award really affirms the positive work we are all doing in bringing greater understanding between different traditions, and in doing so, we have created a unique community based on partnership.”