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The Revd David Brooke, our Area Dean, has been asked to undertake a six-month secondment at the Diocesan Office at Cuthbert House, starting on 1st October. He will work with the team there, and with the 16 Area Deans around Durham Diocese, to kick-start the new round of deanery planning. This short-term project is grant funded by the Church of England.

On the plus side, this is a direct recognition that Stockton Deanery has led the way in deanery planning over the last few years, and so David is perfectly placed to coordinate the work. On the minus side, it does mean that he will be working very hard on the project on a full-time basis till April, and that leaves a ‘hole’ in the parish at extremely short notice. David will be able to be involved in leading some Sunday services in the deanery, but not much else.

The Deanery Standing Committee met with the Archdeacon before agreeing to the secondment, because they wanted reassurance about how the parish can be properly cared for. There isn’t anything to announce just yet, but everybody is working extremely hard to identify a suitable person who will more than fill the gap. David’s work as Area Dean will be covered separately, mainly by other members of the chapter.

We hope to have news very soon about who will be standing in for David. Meanwhile, please be understanding — he won’t be dealing with parish or deanery calls and emails personally after the 1st October, but they will be dealt with! (By the way, that isn’t an invitation to send three months’ worth of emails and calls in the next week and a half.)

The Stockton Country Parish is lucky to have an extremely able administration team, and very capable Churchwardens and lay leaders. I think it is also fair to say that we are all good neighbours to each other in the deanery, so there’s every reason for confidence that this can actually be a time of growth.

Over the last few months, Deanery Youth Worker Claire Pearce has been creating a section for this website that focuses of the work for children and young people in the Deanery. We are thrilled that today this section has now gone live. Over the next few months you will doubtless see developments and enhancements. You will also see regular up dates to the section with Deanery wide events being publicised. We hope that you will promote this section far and wide through out groups and congregations so that we can encourage the growth of our church family from the children upwards. The section also holds information for adults engaged in ministry to children and young people.

It would be great to hear from you with your comments for improvements or additions that you would like to see in this section. We can't guarantee to act on all suggestions, but your feedback is always welcome on any aspect of the website. If you wish to make a comment, please contact the Deanery Web Administrator, Katherine Young on

Good NewsWe are delighted to announce that Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, has confirmed the Funding Agreement for our Primary School, and building work will shortly begin in earnest. This means we have cleared the final hurdle, and the school is now guaranteed to open in September 2015 on the temporary site with up to 60 pupils in Reception and Yeasr 1 and 2. We will then be moving to the permanent site and expanding to the full range of year groups in September 2016.

The Church of England Diocese of Durham and Cameron Hall Developments are leading on the development of Wynyard Primary School. The Venerable Stuart Bain, Chair of Durham Diocesan Board of Education and Chair of the Wynyard Primary School Trust, said: “We are delighted to have got the green light to open our doors this September and be able to offer children an excellent education. We are now in the process of recruiting a first class team of highly motivated teachers and are looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.”

Wynyard Primary School received the news of its funding approval in a letter from Lord Nash: “I am very pleased to confirm that the Secretary of State has agreed to enter into a funding agreement with Wynyard Church of England Primary School. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the great commitment and energy which you and your colleagues have shown in reaching this point. Free schools form an integral part of the Government’s education policy to improve choice, drive up standards in schools and provide much needed school places. I am therefore delighted that Wynyard Church of England Primary School will bring new opportunities for pupils in Stockton on Tees and help deal with the need for school places. I wish you all the best with the school’s opening in September 2015 and in the future.”

The school’s vision is to deliver outstanding education, with excellent teaching and purposeful learning, underpinned by Christian values and principles. The school will be aspirational and caring, devoted to ensuring local children realise their full potential. The school will be open to pupils of all faiths and none and there are still Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 places available for this September. Parents wishing to apply for a place can apply online on the Admissions page of the school website, by contacting the Local Authority’s Admissions Team, or by emailing the school at . The school will be organising Open Days in April where parents can find out more, and these events will be advertised on the school’s website.

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