Closure of the Portsmouth Pathway in July 2024
In January, the Diocese of Portsmouth gave notice of its decision to withdraw from the partnership with Ripon College Cuddesdon and to close the Portsmouth Pathway. This will bring to an end the partnership between the diocese and Ripon College Cuddesdon, through which Portsmouth’s ordinands and trainee Readers have been trained since 2015.
Since then we have been in discussion with the Diocese about arrangements to bring the Pathway to an orderly end, with a clear focus by both parties on minimising the impact on the academic programmes of existing students. Both parties have now agreed that the partnership will end after the 2023/24 academic year, in July 2024. All those currently studying as part of the Pathway will be able to complete their training in partnership with us by this date, or through alternative provision by us if their planned programme extends beyond July 2024. In conjunction with the Diocese, we will be speaking to all existing students individually to ensure that everyone’s training needs are being met during this time of transition.
All Portsmouth ordinands and trainee Readers beginning their training from September 2023 will do so under new arrangements.
Portsmouth Pathway Cuddesdon
The term-time study evening takes place on Tuesdays at inner-city St Luke's Church. The evening includes a shared meal, worship led by students and formal learning. Weekends and week-long residentials take place at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford OX44 9EX.
The student body forms a strong community in itself but St Luke's is also a living and developing community of God's people in the heart of Portsmouth and this setting roots us in all the real-life issues of a growing church in a deprived urban context. It is a rich vibrant place for you to participate in theological reflection and personal formation.
Students are also rooted in their own sending churches, where they integrate their study and training with the reality of belonging to God's people in a particular place. We believe this experience of relating to St Luke's and also to the home church, gives students much greater range and depth in their spiritual formation for ministry.