CHAPLAINCIES are becoming more common in Church of England
secondary schools and academies, a new survey published this week
by the National Society suggests.
The report The Public Face of God: Chaplaincy in Anglican
secondary schools and academies, by Canon Michael Camp and the
Revd Garry Neave, says that a growing number of Anglican schools
are paying for salaried chaplains.
Based on an online survey, the report reveals that 58 of the 78
schools that responded had chaplains: more than half of them were
in full-time posts. A further 23 chaplains worked part-time, and
eight were volunteers. Most chaplains were ordained; one was a
religious Sister; and some were lay church members.
Unlike their counterparts in independent schools, most paid
chaplains did not teach, but concentrated on pastoral work with
students and staff, and leading worship. Many were also responsible
for their schools' community and charitable work. In one school,
students were able to contact the chaplain directly by text or
While the survey included some criticism of chaplains for
failing to forge links with local churches, many chaplains felt
undervalued by the wider Church, which did not understand or affirm
their position, the report says.
Among their recommendations, welcomed by the C of E's chief
education officer, the Revd Jan Ainsworth, the report's authors
call for new national and diocesan structures that help schools to
appoint chaplains, decide on the part that they should play, and
evaluate their work. The wider Church should value their
contribution to mission, and re-imagine ministry.
Commenting on the report, Alice Hudson, the executive head of
Twyford Academies, said: "The chaplain is one of those experts who
enrich a child's experience of school."