Bishop Paul is quizzed on matters of faith, the big bang, being Bishop and travel by members of the Green Lane CE Primary School Council. (Picture: Keith Blundy)
Bishop Paul is greeted by members of the Green Lane CE Primary School Council. (Picture: Keith Blundy)

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham was thrilled to be asked to visit Green Lane Church of England Primary School in Barnard Castle to welcome in the new school year.

Bishop Paul was met by members of the School Council and shown around the school that received ‘Excellent’ in its SIAMS inspection in July 2019.

During the visit, he addressed the school assembly and told stories of his own school days and his journey from school to being Bishop of Durham. He told the children that in his first school class “There were 6 other children called Paul and that started his journey to exploring how he could be distinctive and the best that Paul Butler could be!” He added: “We can all be the best person we can be, and your time at school is really important in helping you to achieve that.”

The Bishop spent time in various classrooms looking at how the school worked before spending time with the school council being asked questions on faith, life and his own interests.

Bishop Paul congratulated the teaching staff, school council and everyone involved in the school for achieving such high standards in their SIAMS inspection and wished them every success for the new school year.

On his way to the school, Bishop Paul tweeted: ‘Looking forward to being with Green Lane Primary this morning- life in all its fullness and lots of questions to respond to.’ His tweet referring to what the school define as their ultimate purpose saying: “We see the ultimate purpose of education as the promotion of “life in all its fullness” (St John’s Gospel, chapter 10, verse 10). Head Teacher Mr Goffee said: “Here education is about more than just academic achievement; it is about developing young people who can flourish in all areas of their lives developing the intellectual, spiritual, moral and physical attributes, becoming proud and respectful members of our community. Our deeply Christian ethos and values are central to the experiences our children have each day as part of ‘Team GL.’”

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Details on SIAMS inspections: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/education-and-schools/church-schools-and-academies/siams-school-inspections