| “Love the Lord your God, with all your heart… and love your neighbour as yourself” Matthew 22: 37 - 39
Building on the vision of our founding fathers, we strive to teach and nourish the Christian faith through our teaching, through our pastoral care, through our collective worship and through the Christian framework that pervades every part of school life, making pupils spiritually aware and able to form their own beliefs.
Whilst we have a Church of England foundation, we welcome pupils of all faiths - or no faith - and we teach about and engage with all major world religions. Pupils enjoy trips to a mosque, Hindu temple and synagogue as well as local churches. We enable dietary laws and certain other customs to be followed and provide a prayer room for Muslims.
PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Prayer is part of the whole school framework and is an opportunity for quiet reflection. The school has a small Chapel attached to Kilmorey Hall, which is regularly used as an interactive prayer room with themed installations.
Opportunities for reflection and services of worship include:
- Regular assemblies taken by the Principal, members of staff, pupils or an external speaker. Each assembly has relevant themes from the liturgical calendar as well as reflecting on interests and/or celebrating successes within the school community.
- Eucharist (beginning and end of term)
- Nativity Productions (Junior School)
- Carol Services
- Weekly Church attendance (boarders)
- Seafarers’ Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, London
- Parent and Staff prayer support group.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & CHARITY FUNDRAISING
Pupils have the opportunity to contribute to the school’s spiritual life through community service and fundraising. This not only benefits the local and wider community but also develops social responsibility. This is done in a variety of ways:
- Duke of Edinburgh award scheme involving community service
- Annual House charity week
- Chamber Choir and Junior Choir who sing at local events and at church services
- Sixth Formers’ Christmas Tea Party for local residents
- Visits to Homes for the Elderly
- Fundraising and collections for Christian Aid, Macmillan Big Coffee Morning, local Food Banks and Help for Heroes
- Various responsive charity projects. Recent examples include Bags of hope for Syrian refugees, Nepal Earthquake and Hope for Justice.
Religion, Philosophy & Ethics is compulsory for all pupils to GCSE level (exam taken in Year 10).