Anglican Schools Commission (ASC) Chief Executive Officer, The Reverend Peter Laurence OAM, has been announced as a 2021 recipient at the prestigious Lambeth Awards for outstanding contribution to the Church and wider society.
Reverend Laurence was awarded the Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship for his achievements in making an Anglican education accessible for thousands of Australian families, through establishing and expanding a national network of low-fee Anglican schools; and for his dedication in representing Anglican schools nationally, including his leadership in the development of work on Anglican Identity in schools.
The awards, which are conferred by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, recognised 36 people from around the globe for contribution in a variety of areas.
The awards are usually presented at a ceremony at Lambeth Palace, however the 2021 ceremony has been postponed.
ASC Board Chair Lynne Thomson said it was a unique award for an exceptional leader and educator.
“Peter’s belief in the value and importance of Anglican education fuels his immense energy and drive to expand opportunities for Australian families to access low-fee, quality schooling experiences in the Anglican tradition,” Mrs Thomson said.
“He is a champion for the cause. The Anglican Schools Commission community is immensely proud of Peter and that his contribution has been recognised by the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
Reverend Laurence is the CEO of the Anglican Schools Commission and Anglican Schools Australia, is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church, and has previously worked as a teacher, Chaplain and Principal of Anglican schools.
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The Reverend Peter Laurence OAM – the Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship
For his achievements in making an Anglican education accessible for thousands of Australian families, through establishing and expanding a national network of low-fee Anglican schools; and for his dedication in representing Anglican schools nationally, including his leadership in the development of work on Anglican Identity in schools.
Peter Laurence is a driven individual in the pursuit of providing an accessible Anglican education for all. As Chief Executive Officer of the Anglican Schools Commission, Peter has led the growth and development of a network of low-fee, inclusive Anglican schools across Australia. The expansion of low-fee schools has made an Anglican
education accessible to thousands of families who would otherwise be unable to access it. Peter has led the expansion since he joined the organisation in 2003, growing
it from 6,451 students across six schools, to more than 14,000 students in 14 schools across three States of Australia in 2020.
Peter is the CEO of Anglican Schools Australia, the national peak body for more than 150 Anglican schools across Australia, passionately representing Anglican schools across industry and Government. Peter has been instrumental in leading the development of work on understanding Anglican identity in schools, convening a national forum of key education and Church representatives, and articulating the findings to children and adults through relevant and accessible resources. He was a key figure in
supporting the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and in engaging schools to join the Anglican Church
of Australia’s Redress Scheme.
Peter is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church, previously working as a teacher, Chaplain and Principal of Anglican schools. His mission is to fulfil the Gospel imperative to teach and live the faith and nurture the young by supporting, strengthening, and growing Anglican schools across the nation.