The role of the Chaplain

The Chaplain is appointed by the LGST to work across the three schools within the Trust. He is resident in the Senior School for three days each week, and is also readily available to come to the school to provide support at other times, as and when required.

The role of the Chaplain is to provide an extra level of pastoral care for the whole Senior School community, to be there as an additional, independent listening ear for anyone who may need it, to lead Chapel Services, some assemblies and activities, and to help in the classroom if needed.

The Chaplain is a Christian, but is available for all members of the community, whether from a Religious background or not.

The Chapel Programme

The Chapel programme is very varied, ranging from the formal services when the whole school comes together (such as the School Founders Day, Remembrance, Christmas, Easter) to ‘CIA (Christian Investigation Association)’ - a more informal Christian Union. There are also voluntary services, opportunities to explore the Christian faith, and the Chapel is open at lunchtime each day for Muslims to fulfil their daily prayer obligations.  

Weekly Plan

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30-9.00   Chapel Team Meeting      
8.40-9.00 Assembly Assembly Assembly Assembly Assembly
13.00-13.30 CIA (Year 10)   Pastoral Drop In CIA (Year 5) CIA (Year 12)
13.00-14.00 Muslim Prayers Muslim Prayers Muslim Prayers Muslim Prayers Muslim Prayers

Description of Events

Event When? What?
Chapel Team Meeting Tuesday 8.30 For Servers, Sacristans and Wardens. Coffee, chat, thought for the day, service planning
Assembly Monday-Friday 8.40 Monday: whole school assembly; Tuesday-Thursday: Tier assemblies; Friday: House assembly
CIA Monday, Wednesday, Friday 13.00 'Christian Investigation Association' (formerly 'Fusion'). Exploring the Christian Faith in an informal setting
Pastoral Drop In Wednesday 13.00-14.00 Any member of the community may pop by for a chat, or if in need of support of any kind. This is the official time, but Mr Millward is happy to see people at any time.
Muslim Prayers Monday-Friday 13.00 A space provided for members of the Islamic Community to fulfill their lunchtime prayer obligation.

Chaplain's Chocolate

In addition to all the events above, Mr Millward is starting a long term initiative this term where every member of the student community will be invited for a hot chocolate and an informal chat. This will be organised during break times and in small groups within each year groups.

The Chaplaincy Team

The chaplaincy team are:

Mr Philip Millward, Lay Chaplain

Philip is the School Chaplain. He comes from a school background, where he has plenty of pastoral experience, especially in his role as a Boarding Housemaster. He also has much experience of leading school chapel services and leading more informal Christian Youth groups. For more information on Chapel life, he can be contacted on millwardp@leicestergrammar.org.uk

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 ainges@leicestergrammar.org.uk


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.