Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award selected at Barnsley’s new Holy Trinity School

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu led a chapel service at Holy Trinity, Barnsley - the only Catholic and Church of England school serving three-to-sixteen year olds in the country - with student representatives who have chosen to complete the Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award.

The Archbishop of York signing the wall outside the Chapel

He showed off his drumming skills, toured the new school and on signing the message of his Youth Trust ‘Be the Change You Want to See’ outside the chapel door entrance, he laid down challenges for the students to be the best they could.  

The Archbishop said: “My Youth Trust is all about young people being the change they want to see. By writing this message outside the chapel, it serves as a visual reminder to make positive changes and for these young people to become leaders of change in their local communities.  Holy Trinity is already setting new boundaries as the first Catholic and Church of England for three-to-sixteen year olds and I’m excited to catch up with them here today”.

Holy Trinity is the amalgamation of St Michael’s High School with St Dominic’s and Holy Cross Primary Schools which offers fantastic education with a strong Christian ethos.

The Archdeacon of Pontefract and chairman of the Diocesan Board of Education, the Ven Peter Townley, said: “It was a splendid day and followed on from the visit the previous week from our own Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Stephen Platten and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hallam, John Rawsthorne.

“The head teacher, Simon Barber is a credit to the teaching profession and has entered this new phase of the school’s life with enthusiasm, vigour and faith.

Head teacher, Simon Barber said: “It is my hope that through the Young Leaders Award our students will grow in faith and leadership through their desire to serve others in our community. I’m thrilled to hear that there will be a Keystage 2 version of the Award released next year and am excited about the possibilities of these awards running through the heart of our school and underpinning the key Christian principles of love, hope and action”.

The Young Leaders Award combines classroom learning, with practical projects focused on community action. It is an exciting course for secondary school students developed by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. Available for schools and churches this resource will equip young people to be a force for good in their local community.

For more information visit www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk

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