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 Diocese of Peterborough to run new church school at Monksmoor Park in Daventry

The Board of Education is delighted to announce that it has received approval from Northamptonshire County Council for the establishment of a new Church of England Primary School on the new housing development at Monksmoor Park in Daventry.  The school will be a voluntary aided Church of England school meaning that the governing board will be made up from a majority of diocese-appointed governors. The remainder of governors will come from the community, parents, staff or local authority. The governing board will decide on admissions and be the employer of all the staff. 

 The school will be a church school teaching the full National Curriculum and the locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education, all within the context of Christian belief and practice.  The school will open in September 2018. The intention is that the school will grow each year from the initial Reception class of 30 pupils until it reaches full capacity of 210 pupils. This growth and the future development of the school will be managed in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council.

The building is well underway and is being built by Daventry District Council using Section 106 funding to an existing specification.  It will eventually house 7 classes for children in Years Reception to Year 6 as well as a nursery class.

 The temporary governing board will begin meeting in the spring term and its first job will be to appoint a Headteacher.

 Liz Youngman, Deputy Diocesan Director of Education, said, “This is an exciting development which will serve the new community at Monksmoor Park and offer greater choice for parents and children in Daventry”. 

 Local churches have enthusiastically embraced this new school and found appropriate people to form the temporary governing board.  The school is set to join the existing family of 103 church schools and academies across the diocese.





All Saints Church of England Wellingborough Primary School News

"I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness” John 12:46

 Friday 2nd February saw us host a Candlemas Service at All Saints Church. We invited all of the local church schools to join us in this traditional service that recognises that Jesus is the Light of the World and, originally, would have been used to bless the candles that were to be used for the rest of the year.

We, at All Saints CEVA Primary, were joined by six other schools, who had all learnt the songs and readings that made up our service. Cranford, Mears Ashby, Finedon, St. Barnabas, Wilby and Our Lady’s RC Primaries together with us gathering 270 children and the accompanying adults, filling the church with beautiful singing, confident readings and thoughtful prayers. Our Head Boy, Harry, and Head Girl, Isabel, led the service brilliantly and supported the children from the other schools when it was their turn to take to the microphone.

 Father Tony spoke to the children about the importance of light in our darkest times, and how Jesus is a source of light to all that believe in him. He illustrated his message by sharing light-up balloons with the children, which caused much excitement as I am sure you can imagine. Every school left the service with a commemorative candle, which had been blessed during the service, as reminder of their attendance on this very special day.

The service went brilliantly, considering we had never had all of the children together before to a do a run through, and was much enjoyed by all who attended. We were particularly pleased to be joined by Mr Bob Townson – Chair of Governors, Mrs Sue Parkinson and Mrs Chris Newton from the Diocese along with Mr Peter Cantley, the new Director of Education for Peterborough Diocese. Mr Cantley very much enjoyed the service and was kind enough to deliver the closing prayer. He was also thoroughly blessed with holy water in Father Tony’s very individual style!

 We are always very proud of how our pupils respond and enjoy our connection with the wider church community. They, along with all of the schools, really showed themselves to be Confident Individuals and Responsible Citizens throughout the service and when we shared a cup of squash and a biscuit together at the end.

We are very grateful for Father Tony’s support in arranging the service and conducting it and also our thanks go, as always to Bill for opening up and helping us set up the refreshments.