Bishop and Education Director issue pastoral note to schools

Bishop Martyn and our Diocesan Director of Education, Canon Carolyn Lewis, have told our school staff, students and parents dealing with exam results uncertainty that we are praying for them at this stressful time.

They paid tribute to heads and teachers who have worked diligently through the anxiety of recent months and provided reassurance to students in the intensely difficult past week.

You can read the pastoral note send to our schools below:

Post-16 and GCSE Results

We know that this has been an intensely difficult and stressful week for parents, carers and students as they have received the outcomes of their Post-16 studies. Whilst many young people and their families have rightly celebrated achievements, this time has also been marked by uncertainty, confusion and hurt.

It has not only had an impact on Post-16 students. This uncertainty has undoubtedly affected those students and their families awaiting GCSE results on Thursday.

We are praying for all the young people and their families in the Diocese of Leicester as they plan for their next steps and navigate the particular challenges that this pandemic has brought about for them. We pray that they will flourish in whatever they do – whether it was what they always dreamed of or a different path entirely.

The focus of the last few days has quite rightly been on the students themselves. However, we would also like to pay tribute to our school and trust leaders, along with their staff. Headteachers and teachers, have worked diligently and with great professionalism. This has been a stressful and anxious time for them at a time when they have been busy preparing to welcome all children and young people back to school in the next week or so. We are extremely grateful for all that school leaders and teachers have done to provide calm reassurance to students along with encouragement and hope for the future.

With our prayers,


The Rt Revd Martyn Snow                                          Canon Carolyn Lewis

Bishop of Leicester                                                     Diocesan Director of Education

First published on: 19th August 2020
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