There is no doubt that stepping up to big school for our Year 7s is a real milestone in life and this is why we celebrate this transition with families at Lichfield Cathedral as part of our Year 7 Dedication Service.

This celebration allows students, staff and families to reflect on the journey of life, the hopes and dreams that lay out before our students, and the commitment needed by teachers and families to turn those hopes into realities.

Lichfield Cathedral and The Friary School share the same motto – ‘Inservi Deo et Laetare / ‘Serve God and Be Joyful’ – and for us as a school being committed to a just and moral code which sets standards for ourselves and others, as well as having fun along the way, is exactly what we seek to instil as a school.

The service was led by Canon Chancellor, The Reverent Canon Gregory Platten and included reading and addresses by school representatives.

These included reflective speeches by our Head Boy, Minhaz Uddin, and our Head Girl, Holly Cutland, as they look back on their journey from Year 7 to Year 13 as they stand on the threshold of university, Higher Level Apprenticeships, and adult life.

Countering this was a reflection on the first weeks at school by two of our Year 7 students, Sophie Antcliffe and Ethan Boden, and there was not a Year 7 attendee or Year 7 family member who would not reflect the feelings, moments and excitement that they articulated.

Elsewhere, there were orchestral and singing performances by our school orchestra and choirs, as well as the hymns of ‘Give Me Joy In My Heart’ and ‘Shine, Jesus, Shine!’, as well as an address by our Headteacher, Mr Allman.

Lottie Hearn, Deputy Headteacher, said: “We very much welcome our Year 7s into The Friary family and are absolutely committed to working to make them happy, successful and equipped to make their way in post-school life. This event is very much about marking out the crucial partnership between home and school and if that remains steadfast and keeps the child within the parameters of positive responsibility, warm friendliness and respectful right/wrong then success on our school is guaranteed. There are so many wonderful children in their Year 7 group, there is so much to be positive about, and we as a school dedicate ourselves to fulfilling all this tremendous potential.”

The full order of service can be viewed here.