The King's (The Cathedral) School


Prayer, Worship & Spirituality

As a Church of England Academy and the Cathedral School, The King’s (The Cathedral) School offers many opportunities for students and staff to pray, reflect and worship in School.

Collective Worship

Each school day begins with a collective act of worship (assembly) based on the theme of the week. These assemblies are co-ordinated to include opportunities for worship as the whole school, year groups, houses and form groups as the week progresses.

In addition to the daily act of worship (assembly) other opportunities for prayer, Christian teaching and friendship are provided in school, as follows:

Special Prayers to mark Christian Festivals.

Alternative Worship is held every other Friday in the Prayer Room as an alternative to Main School Assembly. There are a number of different styles of worship on offer and all are welcome. We encourage you to try something different!

Holy Communion is a short service of thanksgiving in which we welcome Jesus through the bread and wine. Members of all Christian denominations who receive in their own church are welcome to receive Holy Communion with us. Otherwise we warmly invite you to come for a blessing. The chaplain is there for advice if you are unsure what to do.

Morning Prayer & Praise is a simple service of readings, prayers and, occasionally, music and candles. A time to prepare yourself for the day with some thoughtful reflection.

CROPS is a modern style of worship with videos, lively worship songs and young leaders from CROPS (a local Christian outreach project for young people).

'Alive' (formerly known as the Christian Union) provides fun, food, prayer and teaching, led by Year 13 students on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes in Room 95.

Park Up brings games and friendship in partnership with CROPS on Thursday lunchtimes in Room 95.

Parents Prayer Group meets in the Prayer Room on the second Monday of each month from 1.15pm to 2.00pm. Refreshments are available from 1pm. Co-ordinated by parent the School Chaplain, Reverend Mandy Flaherty.

Prayer Room

The Prayer Room is situated in the Quad and is open throughout the school day. It is a quiet oasis of peace in the heart of our busy school and all members of the school community are welcome to use it when they need time out to think, reflect and pray. All students will get to know it through a dedicated form assembly in there each year.


Our School Chaplain, Reverend Jennifer Paddison, assists the school in providing an atmosphere that encourages personal reflection, an appreciation of the spiritual dimension of life and the living out of its Christian values. She also offers spiritual support to students, staff and parents/carers in times of loss, illness, bereavement and other personal challenges. To contact the chaplain or to request confidential prayers please email or drop a note in the post box outside the Prayer Room.

The School Prayer

Heavenly Father, source of all life and being,
Bless the work of this school, which is dedicated to your glory.
Grant to all who teach, learn or serve here the light of your trust and the strength of your love.
May we advance, day by day, in sound learning,
And in the knowledge and likeness of Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life,
Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
Now and forever.