The role of the Chaplain
The Chaplain is appointed by the LGST to work across the three schools within the Trust. He is resident in the Senior School for three days each week, and is also readily available to come to the school to provide support at other times, as and when required.
The role of the Chaplain is to provide an extra level of pastoral care for the whole Senior School community, to be there as an additional, independent listening ear for anyone who may need it, to lead Chapel Services, some assemblies and activities, and to help in the classroom if needed.
The Chaplain is a Christian, but is available for all members of the community, whether from a Religious background or not.
The Chapel Programme
The Chapel programme is very varied, ranging from the formal services when the whole school comes together (such as the School Founders Day, Remembrance, Christmas, Easter) to ‘Fusion’ - a more informal Christian Union. There are weekly voluntary services, opportunities to explore the Christian faith for staff and pupils, and the Chapel is open at lunchtime each day for Muslims to fulfil their daily prayer obligations.
The Chaplaincy Team
The chaplaincy team are:
Mr Philip Millward, Lay Chaplain
Philip is the School Chaplain. He comes from a school background, where he has plenty of pastoral experience, especially in his role as a Boarding Housemaster. He also has much experience of leading school chapel services and leading more informal Christian Youth groups. For more information on Chapel life, he can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Simon Ainge, Organist
Dr Ainge plays the school organ for the weekly services in school in addition to being Head of Chemistry. He also plays the organ at John the Baptist Church Billesdon. Dr Ainge can be contacted on email@example.com
History of St Nicholas Chapel
The St. Nicholas Chapel was dedicated on 15th September 2008 by the Rt. Rev’d Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester. The saint’s name was chosen by the original Headmaster of LGS, John Higginbotham as the name of the original school building, and transferred by the previous Headmaster, Christopher King, to the chapel when LGS moved to its present site.
When LGS was founded in 1981, the first Headmaster based the school’s Christian tradition on those he had found at Lancing College in Shoreham Sussex. The Chapel’s worship and liturgy reflected then, as it does now, the Catholic and Reformed traditions of the Church of England. The school’s dedication service was held at Leicester Cathedral and for the first 17 years, the school worshipped at the Cathedral.
The name St. Nicholas was chosen by Higginbotham because the school building stood close to St. Nicholas Church in the city centre (one of the oldest churches in Leicester) and was also the dedication name of the school chapel at Lancing College. In 2017 the Grant of Arms to the school trust saw the symbol of St. Nicholas placed within the Shield.