Archbishop chats to Pocklington School pupils Pocklington School


Educating for Wisdom, Hope, Community and Dignity

"Young people need compassion and a sense of direction now more than ever, and when given the right circumstances and opportunities, young people can and do achieve remarkable things." Archbishop Sentamu

The Church has a proud heritage in education. At its very best, education should enable the flourishing of all children and young people as they grow into all that God has created them to be. For centuries the church has been committed to providing opportunities for children and young people often in some of the most deprived communities, often setting up the first schools for the local community. It is on this history that the Church of England continues to build today.

Our extraordinary teachers are there to prepare our children and young people to thrive not only in school, but in local communities and beyond – and we need to support them.

Growing up in Africa, the Archbishop saw first-hand the blessing of the proverb, ‘it takes a whole village to raise a child’. He knows that any further improvements in education cannot rest solely on the academic and the intellectual,  but  must  take  into  account  the  impact  of  community  upon those individuals who are part of it. Conversely, it is quite possible for the education of our children and young people to have an impact on community and even upon the nation’s soul and character. Our schools both reflect the society of today and communicating our aspirations for tomorrow.  The challenge remains: how can schools help young people engage with their communities in a meaningful way? 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

Providing Opportunities

Through the work of the Archbishop  of  York  Youth  Trust’s  Young  Leaders  Award, many young  people  have  been  nurtured and educated in their hearts, souls and minds, and as a result have been empowered to become active citizens in their communities. The YLA embodies the principles of educere (to lead and draw out that which lies within), and provides genuine opportunities for young people to grow in faith, leadership, character,  and  service.