THE FORMER head of a Redditch school has been handed an award for his contribution to church life.
Phil Mitchell was handed the Wulfstan Cross by Bishop of Worcester John Inge for his active role in the Diocese of Worcester, which included being the education advisor and providing pastoral support to a number of schools and their headteachers.
Having retired from his role as headteacher at Ipsley Middle School in 2006, he still sits on the governing body of St Luke’s First School and serves on both Worcester and Dudley Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education, as well as being an inspector for Anglican schools.
The Church Hill resident said: “It is an honour to receive this award. I have been genuinely privileged to work with the many talented and dedicated headteachers, leadership teams, staff, governors and clergy in our schools across the diocese who give so much to the lives of our children and families.
“I know that my life has been enriched by the opportunity to work with them and accept this award with gratitude on their behalf.”