Within the Parish there are two schools into which we have worked hard to provide pastoral support and teaching input. Our local schools are Lane Green First School and Bilbrook CE (C) Middle School.
The Church has appointed Foundation Governors at the Middle School and play an active role in promoting Christian education within both of the schools. Members of the Church, along with the Vicar, provide a pastoral service to both staff and children. The Middle School was recently threatened with closure by the local authority, and the Church was pleased to play a pivotal role in securing its good educational standards for the future generations of the community.
The Church has been instrumental in the offering of daily prayers within the schools with an increase in school assemblies.
The Middle School has warmly welcomed the introduction of a termly Eucharist service in the School Hall which members of the congregation also attend, and the Church has aided the purchase of a processional
cross and candle that have a prominent place in the school, as well as part funding an external sacred space on the school grounds that is for the use of children who want some quiet time to themselves.
The schools regularly attend and play an active part within services both at school and within the church building and both schools provide articles and information for inclusion within the Parish Magazines.
Our Youth Worker regularly helps out with school visits and after school clubs, and has recently attended the Open Door project at Lichfield Cathedral with the Year 6 pupils. The church recently gave each pupil at the Middle School a bible to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.
In 2012 the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools rated the school Good and stated “the behaviour of the pupils at the school is exemplary”; “the commitment of the teaching staff and governors in maintaining the school’s Christian distinctiveness is strong” and that “collective worship is an effective focus of school life.”