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‘Securing Excellence in Schools and Academies’

Visit of Archbishop of York, John Sentamu

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu attended Magnus Church of England Academy in Newark, addressing students and staff as part of the OneLIFE initiative of the Diocese Southwell & Nottingham.


The OneLIFE mission has at its heart the desire to share ‘…the good news of Jesus with the people in their communities’ and saw 400 churches across the county taking part in activities to reach out to local people. 


During the visit the Archbishop addressed the whole of school and also held an informal question and answer session with students, saying he hoped students would take a strong message from his visit. “I hope that they will take the presence of God seriously. That they ask of themselves, ‘Who am I? Where am I going and what is this all about?’ That they ask those fundamental questions and I hope that they rediscover that Jesus actually transforms lives.”


Principal at Magnus Church of England Academy, Anna Martin said, “The Archbishop of York’s visit was a wonderful experience for us all, and an immense honour. He showed great generosity in sharing his own personal story with students and was candid, engaging and delighted us all with his sense of humour. The insights he shared concerning his faith, and what it means to be a Christian were an inspiration and one which Magnus will cherish. His dignity and integrity are an example to all of us and accord powerfully with our own values at Magnus and we know that his visit will continue to inspire us long after his departure.”