Year 6 students at the Church of England Schools in the Durham Diocese celebrated their journey to Secondary School at special services held in Durham Cathedral this week.
Six annual School Leavers services organised by the Durham Diocesan Board of Education took place in the Cathedral over several days and each day the Cathedral was packed with excited children.
A total of 2,341 students took part from 49 Church of England schools and 30 Community schools plus one Roman Catholic school.
Among schools giving performances or leading prayers were Holy Trinity (Rose Hill) C of E Aided Primary – Stockton, St Oswald’s C of E Primary – Hebburn, Cleves Cross Primary – Ferryhill, Shincliffe C of E Primary – Durham and Blackhall Primary – Blackhall Colliery.
Students from Cockerton C of E Primary School in Darlington made up the choir.
Pianist Andrew Richardson was unable to take part this year after fracturing his right arm and wrist so Andrew Christer agreed to step in at very short notice.
IT support was provided by pupils from St Stephen’s, C of E Primary School, Willington.