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Meet Our Chaplains

Father Matthew Askey, Southwell Minster School Chaplain
Father Andrew Harding, Roman Catholic
Rev’d Peter Hibberts, Methodist minister
Helen King, Pastor, Riverside Church
Rev’d Cathy Porter, Holy Trinity (Anglican)
Joel Newall, Youth Worker, Holy Trinity
Susannah Thackeray, Families Worker, Holy Trinity

Chaplaincy Aims and Objectives

It is our aim at the Minster School to provide the very best service and support to our students that we can, and a key part of this is chaplaincy. Our school foundation is firmly rooted in the Christian story and is bound-up with almost 1000 years of a close relationship with the Minster itself. The Christian distinctiveness of our school is something we hold to be of the greatest value for preparing our students for the challenges of their lives, not just in school but in the years to come. The role of chaplains is to share the journey with the students and offer a different perspective – to walk alongside, guide, inspire, and at times ask challenging questions; to help us open doors and minds to new possibilities. It is also to be a pastor and to point to God in our lives – to tell the Christian story upon which our culture and understanding is built.

The ecumenical chaplaincy team has all of Southwell's denominations represented on it.  The chaplains act as additional mentors within the school's pastoral system and their office, in the 'Heartspace' area of the school always welcomes students.  

Chaplains also make visits to tutor groups during their tutor periods and Religious Education lessons.  

We welcome contact from students and families. To get in touch email Father Matthew at