From the earliest days of Canterbury Cathedral, a school had been part of its monastic life. King Henry VIII, at the dissolution of the monasteries, incorporated into the Cathedral Foundation fifty scholars and two masters of The King’s School.
The Cathedral and The King’s School today enjoy an unparalleled closeness in worship and governance. Weekly Sunday worship and many of the great School occasions take place in the Cathedral, including an annual Confirmation Service of around fifty pupils and the Carol Service which concludes the Michaelmas term. Parents and friends are always welcome at these services.
The School has two ordained chaplains who are both members of the Cathedral Foundation. They are responsible for the School’s services of worship in the Cathedral and elsewhere, and they also exercise a pastoral role in being available to staff and pupils, of all religions or none, as friend and counsellor. The chaplains are fully involved in the life of the school: they teach across a number of subject areas, and they are as likely to be found on the touchline or in the Pupil Social Centre as anywhere else.
Whilst being clearly in the Anglican tradition, respect for the beliefs of every individual, openness and inclusiveness are fundamental to the work of the Chaplaincy. The Chaplains ensure that the needs of the world are not forgotten by inviting key figures in our national life to address the School, as well as encouraging pupils to engage with enthusiasm in a wide range of charitable fund raising activities.
Chaplains: Rev’d Lindsay Collins, Fr Martin Robbins