The Christian tradition of faith and worship is an important foundation in the life of the School, but there is no attempt to impose belief. Students are encouraged to think for themselves, while developing sensitivity to religious, moral spiritual issues and respect for the beliefs and values of others.
Main Services and Evening Address
On certain occasions the whole School meets as a community in Chapel; these include the first and last day of each term, the first Sunday of each term, Ash Wednesday and Ascension Day. On other Sundays there is Holy Communion at 8.30am, Sung Eucharist at 10.15am and an Address at 6.30pm. Pupils in the Shell attend the Sung Eucharist. In subsequent years the range of options widens, to affirm the importance of individual choice, while still requiring some commitment. The only pupils excused attendance are non-Anglicans who choose to attend the appropriate service in a local church; in Marlborough there are St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, Christchurch - Methodist and United Reformed - and a Friends’ Meeting House. Pupils of other religions, like other members of the School, can attend the Evening Address. They will also be given support in maintaining the requirements of their faith.
The Shell (Year 9) has services during the week. On Wednesdays they have an evening service in Chapel. Once a week they have a short meeting in their own House taken by a senior pupil, a House Sacristan.
There are regular services in the more intimate surroundings of the Crypt Chapel, and this also provides a convenient place for private prayer or meditation.
Communion is also celebrated once a term in each House.
After prep on Tuesdays there is a Bible study meeting and an informal gathering on Thursdays, both are held in the Crypt Chapel.
Pupils can be prepared for Confirmation, and there is a Service each year in the Chapel. Pupils are welcome to be prepared for confirmation in any year of the school, it is an entirely voluntary choice.
Preparation begins early in the Michaelmas Term. Anglican Confirmation in 2012 will take place on 29th April.
Roman Catholics considering Confirmation should contact the Chaplain or Mr Nicholas Allott. The pupils will be prepared for Confirmation by Father John Blacker. The date of Roman Catholic Confirmation will be announced as soon as possible.
St Marys Tottenham
The parish was founded at the end of the nineteenth century to meet the growing population of London. It is now a lively multi-cultural church with which the College maintains a stong friendship.