New Bishop of London visits Urswick

Following the announcement by Downing Street that Sarah Mullally is to become the first female Bishop of London, Bishop Sarah then made her first school visit to The Urswick School.

Accompanied by Bishop Adrian, Bishop of Stepney, the new Bishop of London was greeted with applause and excitement as she toured the school under the watchful eye of television cameras and photographers. Mr Brown showed Bishop Sarah our school museum and explained that we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the school in 2020. Bishop Sarah then visited Year 10 GCSE English classes, Year 11 students taking park in a mock GCSE graphics examination, Sixth Form private study in the Library, Year 8 Science and 7BEA History who were studying the Battle of Hastings.

Bishop Sarah met many students and staff plus the Rector of Hackney, Rev Al Gordon, and the Deputy Mayor of Hackney Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, who are both school governors.

We then went to the school Chapel where students had a chance to question and pray alongside Bishop Sarah. There were Bible Readings by Vera Fabea and Jakah Forfana, and prayers specially written for the occasion read by Goldinne Opoku-Agyemann and Nyla Rawlins. Matias Ademaj (year 10) was also able to explain that he is due to play the organ at our Carol service and has played the organ at St Paul’s Cathedral.

This was an historic day for the Church, which the school was honoured to be part of. As one student said, the Bishop of London is now ‘our’ Bishop – but we are ready to share her with the rest of London.

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