Special service for hundreds of Year 6 Leavers



Bishop Martyn and the Diocesan Board of Education team welcomed several hundred pupils from some of our Church of England schools to Leicester Cathedral to mark the end of their last term before progressing to secondary schools.



All of the Diocese of Leicester’s primary schools are invited to take part. This is the second year the service has been run and 13 schools attended including Snarestone Primary (pictured here with Martyn, Bishop of Leicester).


Organised by our Diocesan Board of Education, the Year 6 Leavers Service celebrated the children’s achievements as well as helping them to look forward to a new start  at their next schools.


Pop UK (a group which supports schools to deliver social, moral, cultural and spiritual learning through music) helped the pupils to prepare for the service. They visited each school beforehand and helped the children to reflect and look forward – as well as teaching them the songs for the celebration service.


The pupils were led by Bishop Martyn in declarations of God’s blessing on their journeys as they take their next steps in education and prayers for His help to treasure everything they have learned and to tackle new challenges ahead. During the service, the children wrote their own footprint prayers and added them to the current prayer installation inside the Cathedral.


The Diocese of Leicester supports schools which nurture 23,000 pupils, each open to any children in their local community, regardless of faith or background.

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