Spiritual Life

The School has its origins in Christian worship, and to this day the magnificent Cathedral continues to play a central role in the lives of the pupils and staff at ECS.

We seek to foster a gently-Christian environment in which the values of love, tolerance, acceptance, gentleness and compassion are endorsed and modelled through our daily interactions and in our decision-making.

We welcome children of all faiths and none: whatever one’s religious leanings, there is a spirituality to be found in collective stillness; in gathering together in quiet; in being mindful together.  We want our pupils to be mindful of, and grateful for, those around them; to be aware of themselves and of their impact on others; and, through Faith or a more general appreciation of spirituality, to have a sense of wonder and awe at the thought that they are part of something greater and more timeless than themselves.

The Prep School meets together in the Cathedral Chapter House several times a week for our Morning Worship Assemblies and for our whole-school Hymn Practice (the Pre-Prep hold their Morning Worship sessions in Hall House). Whether it’s an assembly led by the Headmaster, the Head of Upper/Lower Years, a visiting speaker or a member of the clergy, there is always time for reflection, the lighting of a candle, a spiritual, moral, social or cultural message, and the saying of prayers before the busyness of the day begins.

The School’s Chaplain is Bishop Martin Shaw.  He brings together the pupils of the Worship Group, works alongside the Cathedral clergy to organise our 3 or 4 Cathedral services each term, oversees the planning of our charity fund-raising, and is responsible for delivering opportunities for Mindfulness and Meditation across the School.  Bishop Martin works alongside the Canon Precentor of the Cathedral to prepare pupils for Confirmation, and is always pleased to hear from families interested in finding out more.

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