Birkenhead School are seeking to appoint an energetic and inspirational Chaplain who is open-minded, tolerant and respectful of each of the major world faiths to join us on a part-time contract.
The School’s dedicated Chapel sits prominently within the School site. It is a beautiful building, which provides a place of peace and reflection for staff and students of all ages. The Chapel is often the first building that Old Birkonians returning to the School site request to visit – an indication of the importance the building and the School’s faith and values hold for the community.
The School’s Chaplain oversees the spiritual provision for children and students throughout the School, irrespective of faith. This spiritual provision is central to the identity of the School, and therefore the Chaplain is expected to be at the heart of the School community, playing a key role in the life of the school.
The main focus is to provide a Christian presence within the School, providing the lens through which real world issues can be examined. The School places considerable importance on the community sharing core values including integrity and respect for the opinions and faith of each individual.
There is considerable flexibility around the role which could involve all, or some, of the below, and up to 16 hours a week – what is more important for the School is to appoint a candidate who shares the School’s values and the importance of community, rather than the ability to cover all areas of the below:
Sunday Evensong (during Term time) and Chapel ‘Admin’
The ideal candidate will have:
Interested applicants should navigate to the school website at https://www.birkenheadschool.co.uk/About/Information/Employment-Opportunities.aspx to download Information for Candidates and the School Application Form.
Birkenhead School, founded in 1860, is an HMC independent day school of Charitable purpose and Christian principle, providing education for boys and girls drawn from the whole of the Wirral, Liverpool and as far afield as Chester and North Wales. Situated in the leafy suburb of Oxton, the School enjoys excellent facilities. The main campus has a ‘village green’ atmosphere, with classrooms and laboratories looking out over the cricket square. There are ongoing and substantial investments in facilities.
The School comprises Nursery and Pre-Prep (Early Years), Prep and Seniors and integrates their objectives and activities within a ‘One School’ concept. We pride ourselves on being a family school and this has been greatly strengthened by the opening of the Nursery in 2006. It is attractive to parents to have all their children in one school and it is a great advantage for the School to be able to establish strong, long-lasting relationships with families.
A key feature of the School is its strength of community, which runs through the student, staff and parental bodies. The School is embedded within the wider Wirral community, and has strong links with local business and charities.