Bishop opens school chapel

The Bishop of Jarrow The Right Reverend Mark Bryant with the plaque at St. Hilds School Picture by FRANK REID

The Bishop of Jarrow The Right Reverend Mark Bryant with the plaque at St. Hilds School Picture by FRANK REID

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A new chapel offering pupils a welcoming place of sanctuary at the heart of their school has been officially opened by the Bishop of Jarrow.

Right Reverend Mark Bryant led a service of dedication at St Hild’s Church of England School in Hartlepool.

The Bishop of Jarrow The Right Reverend Mark Bryant leading the service at St. Hilds School. Picture by FRANK REID

The Bishop of Jarrow The Right Reverend Mark Bryant leading the service at St. Hilds School. Picture by FRANK REID

Two classrooms have been converted to create the chapel - a long-standing ambition of the school – and the area also houses a key skills unit designed to support pupils as they make the transition from primary to secondary school.

Bishop Mark said: “We all need a place where we can be reminded of the things in life that really matter and I hope that this chapel at the heart of this Christian school will give people the opportunity to do just that.”

Headteacher Penny Barker, who was praised for driving the project forward, said: “The creation of the chapel has been a huge team effort from everyone at ‘Team St Hild’s’ and we are very thankful for the Bishop’s time and prayers.”

The service of dedication featured the St Hild’s Choir while prayers were led by student Worship Leaders.

The Bishop of Jarrow The Right Reverend Mark Bryant being welcomed to St. Hilds School by (left to right) lay preacher Laura Wild, headteacher Penny Parker and chair of governors Elizabeth Hawkridge . Picture by FRANK REID

The Bishop of Jarrow The Right Reverend Mark Bryant being welcomed to St. Hilds School by (left to right) lay preacher Laura Wild, headteacher Penny Parker and chair of governors Elizabeth Hawkridge . Picture by FRANK REID

The Worship Leaders also presented a series of symbolic items for display in the new chapel.

Beth Hawkridge, the school’s chair of governors, added: “The chapel provides at the heart of the school a place for people to come together and reflect on matters important to them.

“For a long time now, we have thought it really important for the school to have such a space and we are delighted that our plans have come to fruition.”