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Outside body

SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education)




To be responsible for advising the Local Authority on religious education and collective worship in schools in the City of York.


Interim Chair: Olivia Seymour, Church of England, Diocese of York

Education Advisor: John Thompson, Head of Secondary and Skills

Vice Chair: Vacant



Meetings are held 4 times per year.


City of York Council Officer Involvement:

John Thompson, Head of Secondary and Skills


Tel: 01904 553004

e-mail: john.thompson@york.gov.uk

Contact information

Democratic Services

West Offices
Station Rise

Our representatives

  • Rev Keith Albans    York Methodists
  • Joe Bower - Teacher Representative-York High School
  • Brenda Christison - Naburn Church of England Primary School
  • Penny Coppin-Siddall - The Church of the Latter Day Saints
  • Councillor Ian Cuthbertson (Chair)
  • Councillor Fiona Fitzpatrick
  • Katherine Harper - Archbishop Holgate's School
  • Claire Hennigan - Teacher Representative- Yearsley Grove Primary School
  • Ian Hodgson - North Yorkshire Humanists
  • Councillor Susan Hunter - Westfield Ward
  • Daryoush Mazloum - York Baha'i Community
  • Ben Rich - Jewish York Liberal Movement
  • Councillor Martin Rowley BEM
  • Olivia Seymour (Vice-Chair) - Church of England
  • Maxine Squire - Assistant Director, Education and Skills, City of York Council
  • John Thompson - Head of Secondary School Improvement, City of York Council


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