A vibrant spiritual dimension is a fundamental part of life at Haileybury. Daily Chapel services, a lively Religious Studies Department and pastoral support from a caring Chaplain encourage pupils to see spiritual growth as an integral part of the progression to maturity. Many pupils opt to be confirmed during their time at Haileybury.
Our beautiful Chapel is the centre of spiritual life here, and most days start with a whole School service that is Christian in style, but inclusive of other faiths. On Sundays, there is a variety of services, and pupils, parents and visitors are always welcome to attend.
During non-exeat weekends, we gather on the Sunday morning for a School Service usually led by a guest preacher. Preachers in the past have included the Bishop of London, the Dean of Westminster and the broadcaster, Canon Roger Royle.
Haileybury has a Christian foundation and the beautiful Chapel, originally built in 1877, is the focus of spiritual life here. During term most days start with a service in the Chapel and on Sundays there is a variety of services to which students, parents and visitors are warmly welcomed.
Whilst we are sensitive to the needs of pupils from other denominations and religions and will make provisions for them to worship elsewhere when they wish, we nonetheless prefer all pupils, regardless of religious tradition, to join together in Chapel.
Haileybury Chaplain Chris Briggs is a full member of staff and lives on the campus. He is available to provide support, pastoral care and spiritual counsel to the whole community. The Chaplain has a unique role within the Haileybury community and his availability for confidential conversations is highly regarded by the pupils.
In addition to collective morning Chapel, there are three voluntary services of Holy Communion each week. These are held on Tuesday and Friday mornings and on Thursday evening.
On each Sunday in term-time there is a celebration of Holy Communion at 8.15am and on the first Sunday after the start of each half-term there is a School Service for all boarders. Preachers at this service have included The Revd. Bill Sykes, Chaplain and Fellow of University College, Oxford, The Revd. Dr. Arnold Browne, Dean of Chapel, Trinity College, Cambridge and The Revd. Roger Bowen, Vicar of Little Amwell and member of Council.
Parents and visitors are welcome to attend all School Services, Late Evening Chapels and Public Carol Services.
Most weekends close with the boarding community gathering in chapel for a short evening service at 9pm.
Classes to prepare for confirmation in the Church of England are held each year and students are able to consider this step at any point during their time at Haileybury.
There are close links with local Roman Catholic parishes and students may explore confirmation in this tradition through the Chaplaincy.