School Pastors

Building on the success of Street Pastors, School Pastors is a new initiative designed to meet the needs and problems that can occur  just after schools finish.
As a School Pastor you will be trained as part of a team to listen to, care for and support the school community within your school team’s area.

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School Pastors is an initiative of Ascension Trust which runs the international organisation called Street Pastors. School Pastors work closely with secondary schools, the police and local churches to be a Christian presence on the streets as the children are coming out of school.  The aim is to help young people get home safely and to make our town a safer place for everyone.

School Pastors are committed Christians over the age of 18 and are able to commit to one afternoon a week during term time.  They will need a reference from their leadership and will need to obtain an enhanced CRB disclosure.

Bexleyheath School Pastors was launched in September 2011. There are currently 5 School Pastors assigned to Bexleyheath Academy. The patrol takes place every Thursday from 2.30-5pm. We start with prayer and then walk to the school for 3pm. Our role includes meeting the pupils at the school gate and helping some of them to get safely on to the school bus.

We then walk to the Clock Tower, introduce ourselves to the police who are there and then mingle with the pupils from the other schools. We aim to build relationships with the young people and be a friendly face they can turn to particularly if they have had a bad day. We are there to listen, to care and to help where we can. After the patrol we return to base and pray for those we have met during the patrol.

We have recently been asked by the local police if we can help to patrol at St Columbas Boys school and at Erith School. Unfortunately at the moment there are not enough School Pastors to meet these needs. We are looking to recruit some more School Pastors with the intention of meeting these needs and to expand the work to other secondary schools in the area.

Training takes place twice yearly over 3 consecutive Saturdays;  the cost is £200 which includes the uniform.

If you would like further information of this exciting project, please contact:

Dorothy Merrifield

07952 561008 or