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/ 22 May 2019

Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons opens The Courtyard School in Islington

The Revd Preb Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons and Priest in Charge of St Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap has officially opened The Courtyard School, part of St Mary Magdalene Academy. The Courtyard is a free school for pupils aged 14-19 with Autism Spectrum Condition and/or Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

Pupils, staff, parents, governors and honoured guests were in attendance to celebrate the successes of the school’s pupils, and to inspire current and future pupils and their parents to achieve their full potential.

Deborah Shepherd, Headteacher of The Courtyard, said:

“The Courtyard serves a unique service in the local community. As a small, purpose-built educational provision for young people with ASC, we provide the perfect environment for this inspiring group of individuals to achieve their potential in all areas of their lives, academically, socially and emotionally. It is a huge honour to serve as the headteacher of The Courtyard and to host this celebration today.”

The Revd Preb Rose Hudson-Wilkin performed the official opening of the school, bringing celebrations to a close by speaking about the need for schools like The Courtyard in the local community and across London.

Reflecting on the passage in the gospels (Matthew 19:13-15) in which Jesus said, “Let the children come unto me”, Rose said:

“Like the disciples, the world is full of those who wish to push children and young people away as being irrelevant, and in particular children with special educational needs. The Courtyard School models the words and actions of our Lord Jesus Christ who said “let them come.”

“I have had the pleasure of making a pre-visit, and what I see here being modelled is excellence. I see committed staff who believe that the students they are teaching are of value, staff who believe that they can make a difference, and on my visit, I met and saw children with renewed hope in their eyes.”

Photographs:
1) Cllr Dave Poyser, Mayor of Islington, Deborah Shepherd, Headteacher, and Revd Preb Rose Hudson-Wilkin.
2) Anna Kay, Parent Governor, Katherine Healy, Deputy for Teaching and Learning, Revd Rose HW, and Bryony Poynor, Chair of Governors.
3) Deborah Shepherd, Headteacher, and Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin


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