Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education held a conference entitled ‘Church School Governance as part of the Community and the Big Society’ at St Paul’s Church, Salisbury on Friday 6 May 2011.
The event celebrated the 200th anniversary of the National Society and Church School Education. All Chairs of Governors in Salisbury Diocesan Schools were invited and about sixty attended.
The Revd Janina Ainsworth, Chief Education Officer and General Secretary of the National Society, gave the opening address, entitled ‘200 Years of Church School Education’. Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Chairman of Salisbury Board of Education, then spoke on ‘Giving Our Children a Future’.
In the afternoon, workshops were held and topics included school leadership, funding, and visualising community work.
The following day, Janina addressed the Old Students' Association of the College of Sarum St Michael, delivering a sermon during a service in Salisbury Cathedral which formed part of the College’s annual reunion.
The College was involved in the education of teachers from 1841 to 1978. Former students had put together an exhibition of photographs from the Salisbury and South Wilts Museum archives and contributed their own reminiscences to illustrate the history of the College.
(From the National Society of Church Schools website, submitted by Hannah Boothman)