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Academy Chaplain, Hucknall National Church of England Academy


As Academy Chaplain based at Hucknall National Church of England Academy, you will develop and co-ordinate the Chaplaincy Team in order to promote and develop the Christian ethos of the academy and to support the care and nurture of the whole academy community.

Post Introduction

Principal Tasks:

  • take lead responsibility for the development and delivery of collective worship and in collaboration with the Assistant Principal (Christian Ethos) to  develop  the   annual  academy calendar of worship  themes and support  home tutors  in the delivery of collective worship  within tutor  groups
  • Develop the Christian ethos at HSFC in collaboration with the Assistant Principal (Christian Ethos)
  • co-ordinate the lunchtime chaplaincy groups and take an active part in one or more of them
  • oversee the annual cycle of special services including the Year 7 welcome service, services to mark Christian festivals, end of year services and governor, staff and student services of Holy Communion
  • contribute to the pastoral care of staff, children and their families as required
  • contribute to the sixth form programme each term
  • manage the academy's Value Award scheme each term
  • develop mission opportunities within the academy especially the annual 'Mission' and 'Prayer' weeks
  • encourage work related to charities and overseas mission projects including initiatives that link academy and church
  • represent the Church within the life of the academy at key events including open
  • evening, year 6 welcome day, achievement evening and results days. 
  • monitor and develop Christian art across the campus including sculpture, posters and scripture verses
  • participate in the preparation of and leading of prayer at staff briefing, staff meetings and INSET days and contribute the worship component of the academy Bulletin each week
  • contribute to   the   academy Team   Improvement Plan and make a significant contribution to the OFSTED and SlAMS inspection process with regard to Christian distinctiveness
  • work with the feeder church primary academies to forge relationships with students and parents to support transition to secondary academy
  • co-ordinate the Chaplaincy Vision Group across the National family of academies and especially activities relating to Education Sunday
  • work within the agreed policies of the academy having particular regard to the academy Safeguarding Policy
  • Liaise with the Diocesan Education team and participate in Diocesan school chaplaincy network meetings

Role Responsibility

  • Engage with local churches in order to develop, motivate and support a team of ecumenical chaplaincy volunteers, thereby enabling them to build relationships across the academy community
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the Christian vision of the academy in collaboration with the academy leadership team, the academy chaplaincy team and local lay and ordained ministers
  • Lead in the spiritual development of children and young people within the academy
  • Be a critical and prophetic friend to the senior leadership team and especially the Principal

The Ideal Candidate

  • engage well with children and young people (essential)
  • a track record of working in a team (essential)
  • proven communication skills (essential)
  • leadership skills (essential)
  • previous ministry experience -lay or ordained (essential)
  • previous academy experience (desirable)

            classroom teaching experience (desirable)

About Us

Join our great adventure

We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'

Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)

Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)

Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.

Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.

We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.

A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.

Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.

However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.

And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.


There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.

Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest  – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).

The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.

Working for change

On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.

We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.

We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.

Click here to find out more about our work



Bishop Paul Williams explains our vision for Growing Disciples Wider Younger Deeper


Bishop Paul Williams’ Easter message – filmed at the new Trinity Church, Nottingham


A prayer
God of Mission,
who alone brings growth to your Church.
Send your Holy Spirit to bring vision to our planning,
wisdom to our actions, faith to our lives,
hope to our communities,
and love to our hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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