As a Church of England academy, we are committed to supporting the spiritual and faith development of all of our students.
Our academy chaplain is responsible for co-ordinating our ecumenical chaplaincy team and has a key role in the development and delivery of Christian worship throughout the academic year. They are also available to talk with any member of the academy community (students, staff or governors) whether or not they are a Christian.
As part of the academy calendar we have an annual Mission week and Prayer week. The aims of these events are:
- Mission week – provides our students with an opportunity explore the Christian faith and their own beliefs further. Alongside this we look at how they can proactively work for the benefit of others in their community.
- Prayer week – provides our students with a chance to take time and reflect on their own beliefs; what is important to them and what they hope for in the future.
Chaplaincy at National Church of England Academy
Additionally members of the chaplaincy team run a variety of lunchtime groups every week. These are open to all students who wish to explore issues of faith in a supportive environment.
There are currently two popular lunchtime groups which usually meet in the Whiting Room and are led by members of the Chaplaincy Team. The purpose of the groups is to provide students with a space to have lunch and explore questions of faith with one another. Students of any faith or no faith are welcome to attend. More groups are set to start up in the following months.
- Tuesday – ‘Impact’ with Sally Newsome and Liam Okane
- Wednesday – ‘Showcase’ with Marc Williamson
Chaplaincy at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre
Students in our sixth form are also given the opportunity to develop in their potential as leaders through the ‘Developing Christian Young Leaders’ groups that runs at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre on Mondays. Excitingly this year we have been involved in another leadership course in collaboration with the Bishop of Nottingham and Southwell called ‘Leadership in Lent’ which a number of students graduated from in May 2018.
In both these groups students are encouraged to grow in their gifts and talents and use them to make a positive difference to the lives of those around them.