The Blue Coat School is rather unique in that whilst it is no longer a boarding school, the School does have its own Chaplain and Chaplaincy. Lay Chaplain, Ruth Elphinston, herself a former pupil, was in post for the last 13 years until her retirement in December 2018. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Becky Drake as Chaplain from Easter 2019 and we are sure that, she too, will soon become a much loved and pivotal figure in school life.
Snuggled amongst the classrooms you will find The Lighthouse, a warm, calm safe place where Chaplain can be found. Pupils (and staff) are welcome to drop in at any time to chat about the good the bad and the ugly in life! At The Blue Coat School, pastoral care is achieved through team work. The Chaplaincy plays its own unique role in supporting children, staff and parents.
At the heart of the Blue Coat Chaplaincy is the desire to follow the vision of our founder the Reverend William Higgs in guiding and training our children in Christian values and virtues whilst equipping them with an excellent education. Chaplain ensures that our Christian ethos and Chapel worship are central to the life of The Blue Coat School.
Chapel services are filled with pupil participation through class assemblies, chapel choir, school musicians and the duties of chapel monitors. We welcome visiting speakers from local churches and a variety of national and international charities to speak during our weekly Friday morning services which are also attended by parents, family and friends.
Chaplain’s services are highly interactive and creative! Parents and children are no longer surprised by the senior leadership team dressed in inflatable sumo costumes or at finding a live nativity in the Forest School! But there is also time for quiet reflection, such as at Family Prayer times, Remembrance Service, the candlelit Carol Service, or on more formal occasions such as the Founders’ Day Service at Birmingham Cathedral.
Grow in Grace
The children explore the Christian faith through all of the above and they also learn more about The Blue Coat School Values. They are encouraged to think about others before themselves and seek to live by these Values through supporting a range of charities including the Leprosy Mission, Operation Christmas Child, the Salvation Army and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Whilst the School is of Church of England foundation, it welcomes families of all faiths and none. Everyone is expected to attend and participate in chapel life. Parents of all faiths value the traditional chapel services which endeavour to inspire the children to adopt our school motto “Grow in Grace” as a foundation stone for their lives.