• Yorkshire

  • Queen Mary's School

  • Part-time | Term Time


The Chaplain is a key pastoral figure in the school in promoting Christian values and leading the spiritual development of pupils and staff in line with the Queen Mary’s and Woodard ethos. The Chaplain forms part of the pastoral team and works alongside it to provide the best care possible for our young people.




· The post is open to men or women of faith who are ordained by a church within the Anglican Communion.

· Applications are welcome from both current school Chaplains and serving clergy.

· Appropriate training will be provided and the school may also support any work towards relevant professional qualifications.


· to teach and practise the Christian faith as both a system of belief and as a way of life and witness in line with the Queen Mary’s and Woodard ethos

· to guide the school community into an awareness of the spiritual dimension of human experience and understanding and encourage exploration of such

· to pray for the people and life of the school

· to communicate in Chapel and in day-to-day school life the gospel and the Bible’s teaching, including the moral components necessary for a wholesome life

· to plan Chapel services in consultation with the Director of Music and the Head and to prepare, once a year, candidates for Confirmation through weekly classes and a Confirmation Retreat as well as planning the Confirmation Service in consultation with the diocesan authorities

· if appropriate to teach Religious Studies

· plan and teach ‘Chaplain’s classes’ (looking at various aspects of the gospel, the Christian faith and the Bible) for all year groups

· to plan and lead a Harvest Service and a Christingle Service (Autumn Term), a Mother’s Day Service (Spring Term) and a Pet Service (Summer Term) to which parents and families are invited

· to plan and lead a Service on both Ash Wednesday and Ascension Day, when they fall in term time

· to plan and lead the annual Carol Service at Ripon Cathedral in consultation with the Director of Music and the Cathedral authorities

· to plan and lead a lunch time ‘fun and Bible stories club’ (God Squad)

· to meet regularly with the girls who are Chapel Officers

· to support and fully participate in the pastoral care of the school community (being available to staff, pupils and parents) in conjunction with the Head, the Deputy Head, the School Nurse, the Housemistresses and the School Counsellor. To attend the weekly Pastoral Meeting

· to plan and lead a Chaplain’s Dinner (or similar function) once each term, including a short, after dinner speech on a Christian theme, probably by a visiting speaker

· to maintain links with the local Christian community and invite speakers for Prayers or Chapel Services from time to time

· to promote the ideals of Christian service (especially, though not exclusively, through the Archbishop of York’s Youth Leaders Award)

· to lead a Parent Prayer Group and a Staff Prayer group

· to attend conferences for School Chaplains

· to be a friend and spiritual support to the Head


This is an exciting opportunity for a gifted and motivated individual. The ideal candidate will:

· be able to exercise total discretion and uphold confidentiality, when appropriate

· be an excellent listener and committed team member

· have excellent organisational skills and attention to detail

· have exceptionally high standards of discipline and integrity

· be aware of the importance of Child Protection and Safeguarding of young people

· be prepared to undergo appropriate training as requested

· support the ethos of the School and broad education

· have a clear sympathy with the advantages of single-sex education

· be inspired by challenges and seek to set individual targets

· have energy, drive, enthusiasm and a positive manner


Further Information

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Queen Mary's School

Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3BZ

  • 2 Day Boys (4-6)
  • 175 Day Girls (4-16)
  • 65 Boarding Girls (8-16)
  • GSA, ISC

01845 575000

Closing Date: 30 June 2022