Cathedral primary school changes status

Children from Ripon Cathedral Primary with Bishop of Ripon and Leeds Rt Rev John Packer, Chairman of the Governors Mrs Loretta Williams and headteacher Darren Dudman (S)

Children from Ripon Cathedral Primary with Bishop of Ripon and Leeds Rt Rev John Packer, Chairman of the Governors Mrs Loretta Williams and headteacher Darren Dudman (S)

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A RIPON Primary School has taken the unusual step of changing its status in order to forge closer ties with the Church.

Ripon Cathedral Primary school will no longer be a Voluntary Controlled school controlled by the local authority but has opted to become Voluntary Aided, the first church school in the diocese to make such a change in several years.

The change means the school will be controlled by the Board of Governors, the majority of which will be appointed by the cathedral’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) and aided by the Local Education Authority. The Board of Governors will become the employer of the school’s staff.

The Dean or Ripon, the Very Rev Keith Jukes, said: “This will cement the relationship between the Cathedral and the school and will really allow us to stress the Christian principles that underpin the distinctive ethos of the school.”

The school held a special service to celebrate their new status on Monday, September 5 with the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Rt Rev John Packer. The Cathedral Primary school was founded in 1812 and celebrates its 200th anniversary next year – a series of special commemorative events is already planned.