THE Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth met pupils and led two assemblies at a Warsash academy.
The Rt Rev Christopher Foster spent the morning at Hook-with-Warsash Church of England Academy in Church Road, Warsash.
It was his first visit since the school became an academy in 2012.
He led assemblies for both infant and junior pupils, explaining the meaning behind his clothing and the wooden cross he wears around his neck.
He also listened to children singing and watched them pray.
Mr Foster also spent time with the school’s headteacher Sara Willoughby and its governors, talking about the advantages and challenges of being an academy.
He heard about the school’s values of ‘Love, Independence, Growth, Happiness and Trust’ and spoke to pupils in their classes.
Mr Foster said: ‘This is a delightful school, and I can see how the Christian values of love and trust have permeated every aspect of school life.
‘The children are a credit to their families and teachers, and the school staff are working incredibly hard to give them the best education they can.’