Church schools celebrate national success in brand new awards

Two schools from the North West of England are celebrating theirsuccess as National winners of the first ever Church SchoolAwards.

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

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

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

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

"Church schools make an important contribution to education in thiscountry - not only in achieving good exam results, but also innurturing young people to become real ambassadors for the ethos oftheir schools. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate this and seethe links they have established in volunteering in localcommunities, fundraising for countries hit by disaster and buildingrelationships with pupils around the world."

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