Chaplain to Bishop’s Blue Coat Church of England High School and Incumbent of Dodleston and Higher Kinnerton

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Chaplain to Bishop’s Blue Coat Church of England High School and Incumbent of Dodleston and Higher Kinnerton

Chaplain to Bishop’s Blue Coat Church of England High School and Incumbent of Dodleston and Higher Kinnerton

This is a great opportunity for a someone with a heart for working with young people and a calling to parish ministry. We are seeking a motivated and creative priest to take on a full-time role consisting of two elements:

  • Part-time chaplain to Bishop’s Blue Coat Church of England High School in Chester, supporting the school community in furthering the school’s distinctive Christian ethos;
  • Incumbent of Dodleston and Higher Kinnerton, a small rural parish of 3,000 people on the border of England and Wales. The parish is of central tradition and a good modern rectory is provided.

The two posts are separate, with the chaplain employed by the school and the incumbency post on common tenure. Applicants will need to complete two application forms, one in respect of each post.

These are to be returned on the school website for the Chaplaincy post at

Careers & Vacancies - The Bishops' Blue Coat (

and to the Archdeacon of Chester for the Incumbency at

The chaplaincy post is 23.5 hours per week during school term time (39 weeks per year).

The parish post is Sunday duties plus an average of 2.5 days per week over the year. It is envisaged that the postholder will devote slightly less than this time to the parish during school term time and rather more than this during the school holidays.

The overall remuneration (£20.3K salary at the school and £6.8K stipend in the parish) is approximately that of a full parish stipend.

Closing date for applications: 9am 10 April 2023

Interviews: Tuesday 25th April (Bishop’s) Wednesday 26th April (Parish)

Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with:

  • The Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson

Archdeacon of Chester

01928 718834 ext 253
07921 040154

An enhanced DBS check is required. The Diocese of Chester will not interview any candidates for posts if they cannot provide an assurance of a valid DBS for their current post and up-to-date safeguarding training.

About us:

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

The Diocesan Bishop is Mark Tanner, Bishop of Birkenhead Julie Conalty and the Bishop of Stockport is Samuel Corley.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.