Lichfield Cathedral School is inextricably linked to the Cathedral itself and our ethos is founded on Christian values. We are immensely proud of our identity as a Cathedral School and our long tradition of educating choristers and we are blessed to have such a naturally uplifting and historic place for calm contemplation.
Worship and assemblies are held in the Cathedral on Mondays and Wednesdays for pupils at the Lichfield site. Children from Longdon frequently take part in special Cathedral services, such as Harvest Festival, the School Carol Service and Christingle, as well as our annual Speech Day. The School Chaplain, who is also a residentiary canon of the Cathedral, arranges and conducts the worship in the Cathedral, the school chapel and also at Longdon.
Our special relationship with Lichfield Cathedral also enables our pupils to take advantage of the many exciting events held at the Cathedral during the Church year – educational and social activities, exhibitions, concerts, radio and television broadcasts, and special services. The Cathedral is also used as a major venue for the Lichfield Festival during which our pupils’ experience is enriched by authors, artists and performers from around the world. We seek to work in partnership with the Cathedral and we share in projects of mutual benefit, particularly in educational events such as the 3D Forum events which provide enrichment opportunities for older pupils from a number of local schools.
We welcome pupils from all religious backgrounds and none and make provision for their spiritual welfare. The Christian tradition of the School is central to its life. Regular assemblies provide opportunities for gathering and worship and help us to generate a sense of togetherness and fellowship.
Whatever their faith or denomination, we believe pupils should be familiar with the liturgy and traditions of Christian worship. This provides them with both a spiritual vocabulary to address important ethical and spiritual questions, and a secure foundation from which they can explore their own journey into faith. Even for those who do not profess a faith the space and opportunity created by worship is an invaluable opportunity to reflect, ponder and engage with wider concerns amidst the busyness of modern life.
The Revd Canon Andrew Stead is our School Chaplain. Individual pupils can contact the School Chaplain for support and encouragement and the Chaplain also conducts confirmation classes for those who wish to make a commitment to their faith.