We are fortunate to have a fine Chapel at Wellingborough School; it remains, literally and metaphorically, at the very heart of School life being used weekly by both the Senior and Prep Schools for collective worship. While the style of worship is firmly in the Christian tradition, the spiritual dimension to school life recognises the multi-faith nature of our community. A wide range of contemporary and topical issues are broached.
Construction of Wellingborough School Chapel, designed by W. Talbot Brown, was begun in the late autumn of 1906. Costing £2000, work was carried out throughout 1907 and was completed by the end of the year with the first service being held at 8 a.m. on 19th January 1908, with enhancements having been carried out on the Chapel over the years to create the space that exists today. The Chapel also has commemorative stones to remember those OWs who fell in battle in both World Wars and subsequent military conflicts.
Pupils attend Chapel at least once a week, and once a year after school and on a Sunday.
The services are designed to include hymn singing, which pupils enjoy, and a talk on a theme related to pupils’ experience which offers a “Thought for the Week” and challenges them to reflect on their priorities and their appreciation of their spiritual and moral development.
The annual after-school services are Evensongs which feature a talk from the School Charities which pupils in both the Senior and Preparatory Schools separately elect in the Michaelmas term.
The annual Sunday Services are:
- New Pupils’ Service for all pupils new to the Senior School in early September.
- Harvest Festival Service for Year 10 pupils in late September.
- Remembrance Service for Year 11 and CCF NCOs on Remembrance Sunday.
- Civic Service for the Sixth Form, attended by the Mayor and councillors, in January.
- Leavers’ Service on a Thursday afternoon in June for the Upper Sixth.