Archdeacon Impressed By Scilly’s Church School On His First Official Visit

St Mary's Parish Church

St Mary’s Parish Church

The new Archdeacon of Cornwall has been on his first official visit to Scilly.

Bill Stuart-White looks after the west of the diocese and he sits on their Board of Education.

During his visit here he toured the Five Islands School, which is a Voluntary Controlled Church School.

It is the only one in the Truro Diocese that provides places for secondary pupils and, unusually, students of all ages are on one site. Bill says he was pleased to hear from head teacher Linda Todd that primary children don’t appear to be missing out on the experience of transitioning to “big school.”

And he says the diocese is there to support the Five Islands School, especially when local education budgets are squeezed. The diocese has appointed two foundation governors from the mainland, and he believes that has helped develop good relationships with the school.

Bill also monitors church property and has inspected Scilly’s church buildings. He says church property here appears to be in reasonable shape.

He’s visited Tresco to see plans for a £250,000 project to reslate the roof and deal with damp walls in the Grade II listed St Nicholas church this winter.

And he’s pleased that the refurbishment will improve the experience for hard of hearing worshippers, with an improved sound systems for use in services.