Service to mark 200 years of Church schools

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PROUD children and staff from schools in the Dispatch district took part in a celebration service to mark the 200th anniversary of Church schools.

More than 70 schools from across Nottinghamshire, including the National family in Hucknall, were involved in the event at Southwell Minster.

The special service, which was the culmination of a year of events, included music, dance presentations, banner processions and dramatised readings.

It celebrated the bicentenary of the National Society which, in 1811, launched a scheme to bring education to the masses and started opening schools connected with the Church.

National Church Of England Academy, of Annesley Road, is the only secondary school in the country to retain the National name.

At the start of the service, a bell was rung by a pupil from Linby-cum-Papplewick Primary School.

n OUR PHOTO shows National Academy pupil Olivia Richardson (14) holding a banner at the service, alongside the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Rev Paul Butler (left) and the Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Rev Tony Porter.