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Derby Cathedral School – Update October 2016

The application to open Derby Cathedral School was submitted in spring 2016. Following that, the timetable is set by the Department for Education. At the end of June 2016 we were interviewed about the application, and the successful result, as you will know, was announced on 16th September.

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This means that the Secretary of State for Education has decided that the application to establish Derby Cathedral School should go forward to the next stage, a significant step towards finally opening the school. We are now in what is called the pre-opening phase. The steering group is at work planning the pre-opening programming leading up to the opening of the school. This will involve further consultation and events in Derby. One major task will be to determine the school site, working closely with the Education Funding Agency. Once that is determined, a proposed opening date for the school will be announced.

We do not yet know what that date will be but we will share details of the whole programme as soon as they are developed and agreed with the Department for Education. The steering group very much appreciates all the interest in the school and the many enquiries people have made.

As soon as we can provide further information, we will share it on the Cathedral School Facebook page.

Further information will be provided on the Derby Cathedral School website as soon as possible. http://www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk/

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Autumn musing 2016: God with us

Dad, that’s amazing, just look! And it was indeed amazing. The twilight view from the coastal cliff path at Burton Bradstock was breath-taking. The clear sky and glistening sea drew me out to the horizon and up to the shimmering stars and a feeling of being part of something so immeasurably awesome.

Sadly, as I turned to agree with my daughter she was in fact staring at her Smartphone playing Pokémon Go.

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Do you remember the little yellow Pikachu and those cards that were all the craze in so many school playgrounds in 1988? Well they’re back and apparently my daughter had sensed the presence of one on our cliff walk, enticed it and added it to a virtual collection. Her excitement was shared by three of the four 16-21 year olds on the walk, who immediately started sharing stories of the Pidgeotto nabbed on the garden path. For those not “in the know” it’s a simple game and whilst I personally can’t see the point, millions of people are playing it worldwide. You walk around in the real world whilst staring at an augmented reality created by an app on your smartphone. Find a Krabby in a real world location and it will show up in the virtual world geographically overlaid onto the real world location. How could I live so unaware?

I am reminded that the same could be said for the presence of God. How often do we operate totally unaware of the presence of God? I think we have much to learn about Christian distinctiveness and the presence of God from Moses:

The LORD replied, My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Then Moses said to him, If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people?” (Exodus 33:13-16)

Moses knew that Israel could have access to the best food and strongest army but without the presence of God, all would be worthless. For Moses, the presence of God was too precious to leave.

Time away from the routine of work has reminded me once again that what distinguishes us as Christians is an awareness that it is not about what we can do on our own, but about who we are with. This gives amazing reassurance if we stay in close relationship. I love the wisdom and teachings of Brother Lawrence, a 17th century Carmelite monk and his teaching in, “The Practice of the Presence of God,” which has helped me to feel God’s presence in the world, even whilst undertaking the most mundane  of  activity,  as  well  as  when  observing  the  beauty of creation. As we pick up the frenzy of another autumn term let us travel toward Christmas remembering; Emmanuel -God with us.

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Lord’s prayer film competition entries:

Click here to see all films. Congratulations to St Luke’s CE Primary Glossop for being the winning entry!


Key documents from the Church of England

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The Church School of the Future Review. March 2012

A Diocesan Board of Education for the Future. July 2013

Making a Difference? A Review of Religious Education in Church of England Schools September 2014

Working Together. The Future of Rural Church of England Schools. October 2014

Valuing All God's Children Guidance for Church of England Schools on Challenging Homophobic Bullying

Valuing All God’s Children
Guidance for Church of England Schools on Challenging Homophobic Bullying. May 2014

Memorandum of Understanding between CE and DfE regarding Church schools academies April 2016

Memorandum of Understanding between CE and DfE regarding Church schools academies

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