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 Liz Wilson, St Nicholas Chaplain
Mother Liz is in school three days a week. She is responsible for the administration of the Chaplaincy and works with Guild of Servers and Sacristans and the Chapel Wardens to run the Chapel. Liz is part of the pastoral care team with the School Nurse, Listener and Head of Learning Support, and is available to students, staff or parents for pastoral care meetings. Liz also a parish priest for St Denys Church in Evington, Leicester. Liz can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Canon Stephen Foster, Co-ordinating Chaplain
Father Stephen has been a Chaplain at LGS for over 13 years, and also helps to teach part of the PSD curriculum. Stephen is also the Co-ordinating Chaplain to the University of Leicester and is in school one or two days a week. He can be contacted on email@example.com
Rev’d Helena Whittaker, Associate Chaplain
Rev’d Whittaker is a year 6 teacher in Leicester Grammar Junior School and associate priest in Hinckley. Helena provides chaplaincy work in the Junior School, takes services in the Grammar School and prepares candidates of all ages for confirmation. Rev’d Whittaker can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Simon Ainge, Staff Chapel Warden
Dr Ainge works with the Chaplains in running St Nicholas Chapel and our regular programme of services 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
- Tuesday 8.00-8.15am: Staff Prayers
- Thursday 1.05-1.35pm: Holy Communion
Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, with particular prayers for the LGS school community is said regularly in the Chapel (when the St Nicholas Chaplain is in school). Morning prayer is at 7.50-8.10am (except Friday) and Evening Prayer is at 3.50-4.10pm (except Monday).
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 current Headmaster Christopher King to the chapel when LGS moved to is 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 worshiped 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.