THE Archbishop of Canterbury has endorsed Steyning Grammar School’s 400th anniversary celebrations.
Staff and students were delighted to hear the news at the start of the year that marks the anniversary of the school’s foundation.
Archbishop Justin Welby said: “I send my best wishes and prayers to you all as you celebrate the milestone of the school’s 400th anniversary.”
The school, which has sites in Church Street and Shooting Field, is a Church of England voluntary-aided school noted for its Christian ethos, centred around a common set of values – a caring, kind and accepting community.
Head teacher Nick Wergan said: “I am thrilled about the acknowledgement from Lambeth Palace of the worthiness of this milestone.”
He was also delighted to receive support from the Steyning Festival.
He added: “I should like to express the school’s extreme gratitude to the organisers of the festival, who have chosen to base their theme for the two-week arts festival, to be held from May 24 to June 8, around the school’s 400th anniversary, working closely with Steyning Grammar School, Steyning Museum and Wilton Park.”