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Manor CE Academy Founders’ Day Service at York Minster

Monday 6th February 2017

Manor Church of England Academy is celebrating the 205th Anniversary of its founding in 1812 with a service of celebration at York Minster on Monday 6 March at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu will be preaching at the service of celebration and said, “I am delighted to be joining staff, students, governors and parents to take time to celebrate all that Manor has given to York over the years. To have a school whose ethos is grounded in showing the love of Jesus Christ and promoting Christian virtues is a great asset to our City and beyond.”

Simon Barber, Principal said, “We are all looking forward to what promises to be a great evening of celebration, music and song as we remember those who founded the school 205 years ago and give thanks for all that it has become since then. We would be delighted if the wider community could attend and take part in this celebration.”

Manor School was founded by the York Diocesan Board of the National Society for the Education of the Poor. They wanted to establish a school in each parish so that the children “of the labouring classes” would become “useful and respected members of society.” In May 1812, just ten weeks after the board’s decision to open a school was made, some 200 boys with a minimum age of six were welcomed in rented accommodation at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in Aldwark. The school moved to King’s Manor, next to the art gallery in Exhibition Square, in January 1813. It took the name ‘Manor’ from King’s Manor, which it shared with a blind school and which was to be its home for 109 years.

Manor CE Academy, which is part of the Hope Learning Trust, York, was the first to pilot the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust Young Leaders Award and has continued to deliver this as part of their curriculum, enabling all students to participate in the KS3 Award, and some to take it further at KS4.

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