With schools and education very much in the news at the moment, pupils from St. George’s School, were pleased to be able to welcome Rt. Rev. Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely, on a flying visit to the North West today.

Bishop Stephen, who leads on Education for the Church of England in the House of Lords, was visiting Blackburn Diocese as part of a fact finding visit.  Hearing that Church of England schools in Blackpool have produced outstanding results for their Christian Ethos following SIAMS Inspections, the Bishop was keen to hear more from St. George’s pupil representatives with a later visit planned to St. John’s Primary.

In conversation with the Bishop, the pupils spoke warmly of the high level of pastoral care they receive at St. George’s, the values which shape and inform everyday life at the school and the commitment to worship and service which make education at St. George’s so distinctive.

Speaking after the visit, Graham Warnock, Headteacher commented:  “It’s very significant that out of all the Church of England Schools in the Diocese of Blackburn, Bishop Stephen chose to visit St. George’s and St. John’s schools in Blackpool.   The church schools are a good news story in the town.  They show that despite the well-documented challenges facing our community, young people can thrive with the right education behind them.” 

Pictured with the Bishop and St George’s pupils:

Stephen Whittaker – Director of Education Diocese of Blackburn

Graham Warnock – Headteacher

Bishop Stephen

Rev Helen Houston – School Chaplain

Tammy Hackney – Assistant Headteacher