The Chaplaincy exists to serve not only the pupils and teaching staff of the school and their families, but also everyone who works at Blue Coat School. It is a pastoral resource for all the school to use and share at all times in all places.
The School Chaplain is the Reverend Paul Messam (Father Paul), He is responsible for the School's worship services in the Cathedral and elsewhere. He also exercises a pastoral role in being available to staff and pupils, of all religions or none, as friend and counselor. 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.
Our chaplaincy room is set aside for students and staff to find a quiet and reflective space in the midst of the busy school day. Here in the peace there is space for personal prayer with and without words. Prayers and symbols, ancient and modern are utilized to help students make their own connections with God. The Chaplaincy space is also used by small prayer groups, the Christian Union, Year Cell groups, Alpha courses, Worship Committee meetings as well as for our weekly Peace and Reconciliation Service.
Our vision is for all our students and staff to live full and flourishing lives. As well as leading and planning our worship our school Chaplain is also part of Blue Coat’s excellent pastoral care provision and is available for staff and students to meet with privately in the course of the school day.