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Sir Thomas Boteler became a Church of England High School in September 2002 and since then has developed an outstanding and very distinctive Christian ethos, which permeates the school.

When the National Society launched its ‘Christian Values 4 Schools’ website in 2008, we were the secondary school featured.

We shared examples of our good practice and this website is now used as a valuable training resource for all church schools across the country.

We also featured prominently in the 2012 Church School Awards.

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Confirmation at Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School

As a Church of England high school we have been given permission by the Bishop of Birkenhead to prepare pupils for confirmation.

Confirmation classes are open to all pupils in Year 7 and above. Local ministers work together with RE staff to prepare the pupils through a confirmation course. The course addresses central Christian beliefs and any pupil may join these sessions if he/she is curious about the Christian faith.

Following these introductory sessions, if a pupil decides they would like to be confirmed, they are invited to further sessions exploring issues of Christian living and commitment.

During the course there are also opportunities for the pupils to visit local church services and events, which have a youth flavour.

Below are some frequently asked questions about confirmation that you may find helpful.

Q. What is confirmation?

Confirmation is a sacrament, ritual or rite of passage practised by several Christian denominations. The word means strengthening or deepening one’s relationship with God.

Confirmation enables a baptised person to confirm the promises made on their behalf at baptism.

A bishop usually conducts the service and following confirmation welcomes the individual into full membership to the Christian community.

Q. What is the right age for confirmation?

There is no right age for a person to be confirmed. Anyone may be confirmed who has been baptised, if they are old enough to answer responsibly for themselves. However, as a general rule anyone who is over 10 years old and can answer for themselves may be ready for confirmation.

Q. How can I tell if I am ready for confirmation?

Young people mature in their faith in different ways and at different ages. It is important that you come to Confirmation with firm personal conviction that it is right for you at this point in your life. If you are unsure about being confirmed you may wish to participate in a confirmation course to explore your faith further as you think about it. Please feel free to discuss with members of staff, the chaplain or local ministers.

Q. Can I receive communion without being confirmed?

Confirmation is about so much more than receiving the bread and wine. Anyone in preparation for the confirmation can receive communion as part of that preparation. We also offer a service every Friday, ‘Sharing of the Supper,’ to which all are welcome irrespective of whether they have been confirmed.

Q. I was baptised as a child, why do I need to be confirmed?

If you were baptised as a child, in confirmation, you are confirming the promises your parents made on your behalf at your baptism about your commitment to a journey of faith. In confirming this faith you are becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family. In turn the Church promises to support and pray for you.

Q. What happens after confirmation?

If you were prepared for confirmation with other pupils, it is likely your group will wish to continue together after Confirmation. We are looking into establishing a weekly group where pupils can get together for mutual encouragement and exploration of their faith. Members of staff and our local Youth for Christ worker will facilitate this group.

Q. What if I wasn’t baptised as a child?

If you were not baptised as a child and want to make a commitment of faith, you may be baptised and confirmed in the same service.

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