Church schools celebrate national success in brand new awards

Two schools from the North West of England are celebrating their success as National winners of the first ever Church School Awards.

Bishop Bridgeman Church of England Primary School from Bolton and St Cuthbert's Catholic Community College for Business and Enterprise in Merseyside have been picked from a pool of 12 regional winners, to be honoured for the significant difference they make to local and global communities.

The awards were announced at a gala event at Westminster Cathedral Hall on 24 March, hosted by Blue Peter's Andy Akinwolere.

The Church School Awards celebrate the best examples of local community work and global citizenship in England and Wales. Pupils, staff and parents from the national and regional winners all impressed the judges with their passion for community issues, like the environment, Fairtrade and local fundraising, as well as their active involvement in worldwide initiatives, encouraging respect for different cultures and a sense of justice.

Schools Minister Lord Hill said: "I am delighted to congratulate the regional and national winners of the first ever Church Awards on their superb work. These schools have demonstrated their commitment to respecting and supporting other young people around the world as well as in their own local community.

"Church schools make an important contribution to education in this country - not only in achieving good exam results, but also in nurturing young people to become real ambassadors for the ethos of their schools. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate this and see the links they have established in volunteering in local communities, fundraising for countries hit by disaster and building relationships with pupils around the world."

For more information about the national and regional winners, as well as the awards themselves, please go to www.churchschoolawards.com

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