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DBE News - w/e 17th November 2017

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  • St Paul's CofE Primary (Nuneaton) had a Section 8 Ofsted Inspection on Tuesday (16 January)
  • Abbey CofE Infant will have a SIAMS inspection on 23 January 2018.

Cross of Nails Centenary Pilgrimage

April Gold writes: ‘The DBE cross of nails pilgrimage got off to a great start last week. I had the honour of meeting students and staff from Harris CofE Academy in the Cathedral ruins on Wednesday to formally hand over the cross and send it on its way.

On Thursday afternoon I attended a wonderful act of Collective Worship with the staff and students of Harris CofE Academy accompanied by Joanne Evans from the DBE, Peter Law and David Morris from DMAT and local clergy representatives Reverend Imogen Nay from St Andrews and Reverend Tim Cockle the Area Dean. The worship, planned and led by the students, told of the history of the cross of nails and the important reconciliation ministry that has grown out of it at Coventry Cathedral.

On Friday morning five students from Harris CofE Academy took the cross

to Bilton CofE Junior. The students carrying the cross from Harris were ex-Bilton

students which added to the feeling of us all being part of the Diocesan Family. The special assembly was attended by Mark Pawsey, the local MP, Linda Wainscot, April Gold and Helen Gibson from the DBE and Kate Browning the Chair of Governors. Alex Norton, Headteacher, explained the history of the cross of nails to the children and we enjoyed singing ‘The Lion and the Lamb’ with excellent BJS-created actions.

The final destination of the week was St Mark’s Church Bilton on Sunday morning. Alex Norton was invited to preach at the family service and explained the pilgrimage and its significance to the congregation. It was lovely to meet a number of pupils and parents from BJS, past, present and future. The cross of nails remained with BJS until Tuesday when it continued its journey to St Matthew’s Bloxam CofE Primary and today it is being passed to St Oswald’s CofE Academy.’

Heads’ Termly Briefing

There was a packed room at the Heads’ Briefing in Kenilworth on Thursday. Feedback was very positive about the afternoon.

One of the speakers was Paul Johns the Director of charity working in conjunction with Coventry Cathedral on ‘Schools for Peace’. You can find out more about the work on the website: www.sanauk.org

James Townsend from the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership spoke about the CPD programmes that the Foundation is offering including the CofEPQH. To find out more click on www.cefel.org.uk/cofepqh/

If you require any further information about any of the content of the afternoon please contact Helen Gibson.


Church of England - Vision for Education

Please find a link to the Church of England's 'Vision for Education'.  This is a much needed and thoughtfully produced publication that helps us all to articulate who we are and why we are here!

DBE Mission Statement

The DBE Mission Statement can be found here and this is displayed around The Benn Education Centre.  The statement will now be used within all DBE documentation.

Forthcoming DBE Board Meetings

07 March 2018 (Away Day) - Dunchurch Park Hotel, Rugby Road, Dunchurch, Rugby CV22 6QW

09 May 2018 - 5.00pm

17 July 2018 - 5.00pm

30 October 2018 - 5.00pm

11 December 2018 - 5.00pm