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Posted on 9th February 2018
The leader of one of the country’s most improved faith schools was invited to meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Epping St John’s School, in Epping, has been on a journey of transformation for the last two years, resulting in its best ever GCSE results this summer.
Executive Headteacher Allan Osborne received a personal invite to meet with the Most Reverend Justin Welby at Lambeth Palace in celebration of the rapid improvements he has made with his team.
Mr Osborne, who is also executive principal of schools within the west Essex hub of the Burnt Mill Academy Trust (BMAT), said: “As well as congratulating us on a great year, the Archbishop spoke about the values of education and the influence of Christian distinctiveness in education.
“He was a very special man and it was a huge privilege to represent the students and staff as their hard work was acknowledged.
“We have a motto that we are the sum of all parts and that is with regards to both our BMAT and Church of England families. It is so important for our students to know they are a part of something bigger; they are a part of Epping, the country and the world. It’s not all about data at Epping St John’s; it’s about developing children spiritually, too.”
While the school has seen huge improvements, Mr Osborne said the journey does not stop there.
He said: “We are aiming for world class. That is about giving students exceptional experiences, showing them education around the world and helping them to form and develop their views. That’s the difference between achieving fantastic grades and leaving school with wonderful talents.”