Lutterworth College is a Church of England voluntary controlled school. This means we are supported and helped by the ‘Diocese of Leicester’ and local Churches to keep a healthy Christian ethos within the College. There are also four ‘Foundation Governors’ who are active members of local Church communities, three of whom are serving church ministers.
Together with members of staff and foundation governors, the Diocese of Leicester helped to set up and launch the Lutterworth College Chaplaincy in 2011. The summer term of 2013 saw a ‘Faith Room’ being provided and furnished within the College and in 2013 a Chaplain, Mr Graham Thomas was employed (part time). Graham remains the College Chaplain but the Faith Room has now moved to our iconic building Auburn Place, where it can be found in the ‘Rotunda’. Auburn Place is our Sixth Form base, particularly for the pastoral care and support provided for students. However, students from all year groups, faiths and religions are welcomed to the Faith Room and we believe this is a really effective way of introducing younger students to their future Sixth Form pastoral base.
The Chaplaincy Team help with organising and presenting school assemblies, which incorporate ‘collective acts of worship’ and help promote our Christian values. Our Chaplain, every Monday morning, produces a 5 minute ‘broadcast’ which all students watch during Mentor Time. During this broadcast Graham delivers the ‘Thought For The Week’ and asks students to reflect on what this means to them. Our values consist of things like: hope, love, forgiveness, tolerance, respect, communion (togetherness), family, faithfulness; all helpful qualities that aid good citizenship, spanning all faiths and beliefs. The Chaplaincy helps with events such as diversity day, also taking some SMSC and RE lessons. The Faith Room is manned every lunch time for drop in, quiet reflection prayer or just chat.
Although the Chaplaincy is Christian, in its very nature it is totally inclusive. This means our Chaplaincy welcomes students from all forms of Christianity, any other religion or no religion. We care for everyone and will try to help out in any way we can.
The Chaplaincy exists for the staff as well as students. We take pride in the role that we play in making Lutterworth College a caring community. The Chaplaincy promotes the phrase ‘people are important’ and through our Christian ethos we endeavour to promote this message throughout College life.
The Chaplain, Graham Thomas - email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can follow Graham Thomas on Twitter @grahamthomas780
Lutterworth College last received a SIAMS inspection in October 2013. Click here to see the report
Thought Of The Week