The Chaplaincy team contribute to the life and worship of Leicester Grammar School in three ways; by organising our regular programme of chapel services throughout the academic year; praying daily for the staff, students and the wider community; and providing pastoral care to the whole school family. Although the Chaplaincy team are all Christians from the Church of England, we are here to care for everyone within LGS, those of any faith or with no faith.
The Chaplaincy Team
The chaplaincy team are:
Rev’d Helena Whittaker, St. Nicholas Chaplain
Rev'd Helena is in school two days a week. She is responsible for the administration of the Chaplaincy and works with the Servers, Sacristans and the Chapel Wardens to run the Chapel. Helena is part of the pastoral care team with the School Nurse, Listener and Head of Learning Support, and is available to pupils, staff or parents for pastoral care meetings. Helena is the Trust Chaplain and also spends time each week in Leicester Grammar Junior School and Stoneygate School. When she's not working in Leicestershire she lives in London where she is an Associate Priest at St. Mary's Putney. Helena can be contacted on email@example.com
Miss Lucy Crampton, Staff Chapel Warden
Miss Crampton, working with the Chaplains, is responsible for running St Nicholas Chapel and our regular programme of service. She also is the staff member who supports the students running Fusion, our school Christian Union. Miss Crampton teaches Design, Engineering and Technology; and Computing and is the Staff Development Co-ordinator. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Simon Ainge, Organist
Dr Ainge plays the school organ for the weekly services in school in addition to being Head of Chemistry. He also plays the organ at John the Baptist Church Billesdon. Dr Ainge can be contacted on email@example.com
During the school year, there is a weekly programme of worship in St Nicholas Chapel and several ‘big’ services each term including; the beginning of year service, foundation day, Christmas carol service, and the leavers' service. During the week the services are:
- Monday 4.00-4.30pm: Evening Prayer led by the students
- Wednesday 1.30 – 1.55pm: Holy Communion
- Friday 7.55-8.10am: Staff Prayers
Fusion is the Christian Union meeting at LGS, led by two senior students with the support of Miss Crampton and a regular volunteer from a local church. Fusion meets on Friday lunchtime weekly, for fun, food and faith discussions. It is open for all students, whether they have a faith or not and is predominantly aimed at lower school pupils. For more information contact Miss Crampton on firstname.lastname@example.org
History of St Nicholas Chapel
The St. Nicholas Chapel was dedicated on 15th September 2008 by the Rt. Rev’d Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester. The saint’s name was chosen by the original Headmaster of LGS, John Higginbotham as the name of the original school building, and transferred by the previous Headmaster, Christopher King, to the chapel when LGS moved to its present site.
When LGS was founded in 1981, the first Headmaster based the school’s Christian tradition on those he had found at Lancing College in Shoreham Sussex. The Chapel’s worship and liturgy reflected then, as it does now, the Catholic and Reformed traditions of the Church of England. The school’s dedication service was held at Leicester Cathedral and for the first 17 years, the school worshipped at the Cathedral.
The name St. Nicholas was chosen by Higginbotham because the school building stood close to St. Nicholas Church in the city centre (one of the oldest churches in Leicester) and was also the dedication name of the school chapel at Lancing College. In 2017 the Grant of Arms to the school trust saw the symbol of St. Nicholas placed within the Shield.