THE importance of religious studies at a Fareham school was officially sealed with a special visit from the Bishop of Portsmouth.
Henry Cort Community College, in Fareham hosted the Right Reverend Christopher Foster to mark its affiliation to the Church of England.
This link with the church is merely symbolic - and stands for the school’s recognition of all faiths, and not just a denomination in the Christian church.
Phil Munday, headteacher, said he was delighted to welcome the Bishop and give some of his students the opportunity to talk with the important church leader.
He said: ‘At this school we take religious studies very seriously, so we were naturally delighted to welcome Bishop Christopher to our school community.
‘Some of our students enjoyed speaking with the Bishop and showing him some of their religious education projects which focused on a range of spiritual beliefs, including John Lennon’s song Give Peace A Chance.
‘We believe it is important to encourage young people to be aware of different faiths and beliefs and to encourage them to think for themselves.’
Pupils from Oak Meadow CoE Primary, one of Henry Cort’s feeder schools, attended the unique event that was set in motion by Mr Munday’s predecessor Jenny Bulled.
The Rt Rev Christopher
Foster said: ‘The Church of England has always been at the forefront of education, starting 200 years ago when the National Society was formed to help educate the poorest children in the country.
‘The Church still plays a vital role through its network of church schools and also through the affiliation of schools such as Henry Cort Community College to the Church of England.’
He added: ‘We’re delighted about cementing this link. It shows the college’s commitment to working in partnership with their local community and parish church, and the Diocese of Portsmouth as a whole, and our commitment to supporting them in them in education and learning, with a special contribution to collective worship and the spiritual development of pupils.’