The Twyford Academies Trust takes its faith seriously; but more than that – students enjoy God and celebrate God's presence, work and creativity.
The chaplaincy at William Perkin High School operates to make faith across the breadth of school interests a living reality:
- Assemblies use ICT, music and a reflective style to engage student's needs and interests
- Tutor time meditations allow each student time and space to reflect before they rush to complete the day's tasks
A regular chapel programme reflects the diversity of interests present in the student body: from dance and discussion, to guided meditations, to a regular service of Holy Communion and Praise Celebrations.
The Twyford Trust Fellowship Group provides for regular Bible study and weekends away and also supports its own website.
In addition the Twyford Trust has a Gospel choir, Chamber choir and Junior choir, all of which participate in school worship, along with musicians from across the student body.
There are many opportunities to lead and support worship in school, with two Chaplaincy representatives for each year group, world faith representatives, and chapel ambassadors in each form. There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities that students are encouraged to participate in. The chaplaincy encourages an enriching, harmonious relationship between students of different faith within the school – Muslim students meet regularly to pray; the Chaplain has contact with a range of faith leaders in the local community who are willing to offer support and expertise.
The Chaplaincy also provides for students' pastoral needs, running a learning programme for those who have experienced loss called Seasons for Growth. Students are also supported through a 'Boys to Men' programme that seeks to nurture students' confidence and self-esteem.
The Twyford Academies Trust has a full time Anglican Chaplain, The Revd David Brammer.
Collective Worship at William Perkin
Collective Worship at William Perkin is at the heart of our community. We gather daily in either assemblies or tutor groups and re-collect ourselves before God each day. Our worship engages students by making them think about the richness and opportunities in the relationships around them, as well as in our globalised world in all its dimensions: physical, social, intellectual and spiritual. These times of reflection offer the opportunity to see the world as one which has been lovingly and purposefully made and to reflect on our capacity to be agents for good.
Collecting students together is key to forming our school community. We believe that all students have spiritual gifts to contribute and every student’s participation is expected: students enter to music played by their peers; the opening and closing parts of the assembly are led by fellow students, emphasising that they are collected together as one body to be still, listen and reflect. Recollection and silence are central signatures in our worship. These help students to become self-aware and calm and support their learning. Most of all we will expect to cultivate a communal way of being which is about being open-minded and fully engaged, grateful for opportunity with a focus on doing and being good. Our acts of Worship will help us understand and acknowledge our human weaknesses and be open to improvement. We will enjoy sharing the Peace together as one of our community practices.
With this attitude of respect for difference, students at William Perkin will be offered the opportunity to think about some of the great stories that are part of a common Western Heritage. Stories like the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, the life of Joseph and the Promise of the rainbow have meanings of universal importance. Our programme is firmly rooted in the Christian tradition and students coming to the school will have this as a foundation of learning which will enable them to relate more actively to the stories and traditions of other faiths. The expertise we bring as a Church of England school will us a clear moral framework and simple liturgies which will keep the community firmly rooted in cultural Christianity whilst honouring each individual’s tradition and conviction.
When not gathered together as a year group, students’ morning Collect will be with their tutors. Students will be asked to read a text or story that is set for a week and reflect on its meaning in one tutor time; in the remaining tutor times there will be material delivered as part of a Civics programme, followed a short period of silent reflection, framed by responses and a daily text or image. On special occasions we will welcome students to a service of Holy Communion.