My name is Joe Houghton and I am the Chaplain.
Archbishop Temple School is an active, dynamic and stimulating community to work in for both staff and students. As Chaplain, a large part of my job is to have time for people in this bustling environment as I share in the life of the school. I am part of the large pastoral team in school who are dedicated to supporting the students whether in their school work or personal development. As Chaplain I am available to talk with pupils and help them deal with things that ar going on in their lives.
Our aim as a church school is to be thoroughly distinctive in every area of school life. As part of that, I help to co-ordinate collective and form worship times. These moments in the school day are chances to look away from our school work to be reminded of the Christian foundations this school is built upon.
As part of the Chaplaincy we have a Chapel. The Chapel is not a classroom, canteen, staff room or study room. The Chapel space is deliberately different than the rest of the school site. It’s a place to relax and take time away from busyness of school life (it’s the only place in school with sofas!). It’s open some break-times and lunch-times for students to come and see the Chaplain and their friends in a safe and calm environment. There are times for just hanging out as well as opportunities to explore further who Jesus is and what it means to follow him.
If there is anything you would like to speak to me about please don’t hesitate to contact me, Joe Houghton.
A timetable of the clubs that take place in the Chapel can be downloaded below.