Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural Development

Ethos

Recognising its historic position within the Foundation of Southwell Minster, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at Cathedral, Parish and Diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to its students and all other members of the school community.

Worship at Minster

Worship is at the heart of the school’s life. Students and staff meet in Houses for Acts of Worship in the school’s hall twice a week. Held either side of the common lunch period these are regularly presided over by Heads of House, school chaplains, senior leaders and teachers. In addition some are provided by the students themselves either in sixth form tutor groups or House tutor groups. The school is fortunate in having regular visitors who deliver Acts of Worship on a range of issues and themes.

A rota of worship providers is published in the staff diary along with a list of themes marking certain important dates in the Christian calendar and other important events, like Remembrance Day. Additional guidance and Biblical references are also provided in the staff diary and should providers require any more assistance this can be given by the Worship leader. Books and other publications containing advice and some model acts of worship can be found in the Chaplains’ office.

Students who wish to can take Holy Communion once every half term. Students are allowed to take time out of tutor or curriculum time should they wish to attend this service which is held in the school chapel. These services are calendared in the staff diary. Staff Communions or other Acts of Worship are also held and these are listed in the school diary. The school holds end of term services which are held in Year or House Groups. An annual Foundation Service is held during which members of the school community rededicate both themselves and those they represent to the historic foundation uniting school and church which has existed for centuries.