The Birkenhead School Chapel, founded in 1882 and dedicated in 1883 by the then Bishop of Chester, is situated at the heart of our campus and serves as a clear reminder of the School’s Christian character.
The Victorian building tells the story of the school community over the years through the windows, plaques, memorials and many items of furniture and decoration that have been donated by, or in memory of, past students and staff.
The School enjoys excellent links with the Diocese and with the local parish church of St Saviour’s, Oxton. We value the tradition of welcoming a visiting preacher from across the Diocese to the weekly Sunday services of Choral Evensong. All students, parents and friends of the School are welcome to join us.
Students attend a service in Chapel each week (those in Years 7 and 8 attend twice a week). Services include hymns, a passage of Scripture, a short address and an opportunity for prayer and/or personal reflection. They are intended to be accessible to students of all faiths and none. As well as celebrating the major festivals and seasons of the Church year, themes are chosen to reflect current issues within the School or wider community, as well as issues of particular relevance to members of school. There is an emphasis on the spiritual development of students who are encouraged to seek their own responses to the unanswerable questions of life.
The School Chaplain plays an important role in the School pastoral care system. As well as a regular ‘drop in’ time, members of the school community are welcome to contact the Chaplain and arrange a chat. This may be to talk through a difficult situation such as bereavement or a problem with friends or it may be a home or school related issue which is creating stress or difficulty. Sometimes, particularly around exam time, it can just be good to have somewhere within School to gather thoughts, put things into context and explore options.
The Birkenhead School Chapel Choir is unique amongst independent day schools. Choristers perform a cathedral repertoire at Sunday Evensong. Admission is by audition and apart from providing the music in Chapel, the Choir undertakes recitals and various cathedral work. In recent years summer cathedral tours have included York Minster and the cathedrals of Exeter, Chichester, Truro, Lincoln and Salisbury, as well as tours further afield to cathedrals in Venice and Prague.