Diocese of Portsmouth

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  • Ryde pupils prove themselves to be global citizens

    Pupils from Oakfield C of E Primary School in Ryde have shown they have what it takes to be global citizens. They’ve worked hard on projects such as recycling, beach cleans and welcoming Ukrainian refugees. Read more

  • ‘Sunday School prompted me to join church school’

    It was partly Sharon James’s experience of teaching at Sunday School in her church that prompted her to teach in a church school. Now, after 17 years at St Alban’s C of E Primary in West Leigh, she’s pleased she made that choice. Read more

  • Teacher loves to see children’s progress through school

    As a Year 6 teacher, Tamara Goddard loves to see the progress that pupils make as they journey through Cornerstone C of E Primary School. The former dancer explains why she loves teaching, in our series in which we talk to those who teach in our church schools. Read more

  • Teaching in church schools is a vocation

    Teaching is a vocation, and teaching in our church schools is often a specific vocation. Among those who spoke in our recent diocesan magazine about why they went into teaching was Elizabeth Chambers, now headteacher at Bembridge C of E Primary School, on the Isle of Wight. She talks about what makes a C of E school different. Read more

  • ‘Bringing RE alive is such a privilege’ says island teacher

    Beth Feltham is head of RE at the Bay C of E School in Sandown on the Isle of Wight. She explains why she feels called to help bring the subject alive to pupils at her school. Read more

  • Hundreds of pupils mark the end of church school

    Year 6 pupils from church schools across the diocese are attending workshops and worship in our cathedral to mark the end of their primary school career. The children took part in workshops that echoed our diocese’s Ten Ten project to encourage ‘life in all its fullness’ during this academic year - taken from John 10:10. Read more

  • Work to start on new £5m island school

    Construction work will soon start on a brand new school building in Freshwater. The new C of E school will be built on the site of the current All Saints C of E Primary School, and will include children from Yarmouth C of E Primary School. Read more

  • Environment concerns at top of agenda in West Wight

    Worshippers in the West Wight Mission Community are putting environmental concerns at the top of their agenda. They are enjoying ‘Forest Church’ as well as engaging with schoolchildren on green issues. Read more

  • Emotional scenes as new building opens as church and school

    There were emotional scenes as a brand new school building opened to serve the people of Whiteley. The £12m building will also double as the base for the C of E church in the town, giving the congregation their first permanent base since Whiteley Church began in 1995. Bishop Rob, our commissary bishop, opened the building in the first act of collective worship in the school on ths first day of a new term Read more

  • Bishop opens new school and church building in Whiteley

    Our commissary bishop today opens a new building that will be the home of Cornerstone C of E Primary School in Whiteley. The £12m building will also be the new home of Hope Church, Whiteley, the church covering the whole of the town of Whiteley. Bishop Rob will lead the very first act of collective worship to be held in the new building, on the first day of the autumn term. Read more

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