The annual Year 7 service at Lichfield Cathedral gives thanks for our new Year 7 students as they take their first steps into secondary education and re-affirms the central part our cathedral plays in school life.

All of the Year 7 students were in attendance – accompanied by many families – and the event showcased students singing and recitals, as well as prayers and readings, and hymns and dedications.

The Reverend Canon Andrew Stead from Lichfield Cathedral opened proceedings and reminded us of the all-important ties that bind the students, the school, the wider community and the Cathedral.

Mark Drury, Assistant Headteacher, said: “The students were exemplary throughout and truly valued the opportunity to attend such a significant event at our cathedral. The service was very much about saying how proud we are of our new students.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, added: “It is events like this that mark The Friary out as a special school and play a key part in getting our students to reflect spiritually about their place in life and the wider world. The cathedral was packed, it was great to see so many parents and grandparents, and the success of the event only echoed how well the first half-term has gone for the new Year 7s.”