Sussex Archdeacon records message of thanks and encouragement to church schools

The Archdeacon of Chichester has given his ‘enormous thanks and encouragement’ to the Church of England schools across Sussex.

Luke Irvine-Capel is the chairman of the Diocesan Board of Education and of the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust

Luke Irvine-Capel, who is the chairman of the Diocesan Board of Education and of the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust, recorded a message to thank all those working in church schools across Sussex, for all they have been doing during the lockdown and as many of them have begun to welcome pupils back to school.

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Chichester said: “He pays tribute to the work done during the lockdown not only in the support of children who continued to attend Schools but also for the provision of work and activities supporting home schooling.

Sign up to our daily SussexWorld Today newsletter

“The Archdeacon refers to an overall spirit of generosity which, he says, has undergirded the work that has been done and which continues to be exhibited.”

In the film, which you can watch here, the The Archdeacon said: “A lot of work is going on to welcome children back in safe and appropriate ways.

“Thank you to all those who have committed their time and energy, preparing our school buildings, making all the necessary preparations, ready to welcome those children back and receive them in the appropriate and safe ways that we now have to do.”

A message from the Editor, Gary Shipton:

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news, I am asking you to please purchase a copy of our newspapers.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspapers.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world.  But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

Stay safe, and best wishes.