Queen’s College was founded in 1843 by leading local Methodists, and was originally named the West of England Wesleyan Proprietary Grammar School. the School adopted its present name in 1887, to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.
The School’s aims are:
- To be a caring Christian family community committed to the development of the full potential of each individual, having regard for their personal attributes in addition to their academic aspirations
- To maintain high educational standards in all academic, cultural and sporting activities, stimulating excitement in learning and requiring discipline in study whatever the ability of the child
- To work with, and in, the community it serves
- To worship as Christians in the Methodist tradition; to uphold Christian values in practice as well as in theory and to make religious education a strong feature of the curriculum whilst welcoming members of other faiths (and none) in a spirit of openness and tolerance
- To encourage pupils in a critical examination of the standards and values current in society and to discover and develop a personal faith to guide them throughout their lives
Here at Queen’s College we have a full-time Chaplain, Mr Tim Aldridge, who moved to Queen’s with his wife and family to represent the wider church to the school and has a responsibility for developing our Methodist tradition and ethos.
Alongside the College Leadership Group, the Chaplain’s role is to develop a stimulating and compassionate school community in which individuals are cared for and where qualities such as honesty, tolerance, understanding and commitment are encouraged.
The Chaplain leads the school in worships weekly during the term. Senior assemblies include a thought for the day, prayers and hymns and are open to all faiths.
In addition, the Chaplain also arranges the annual Remembrance Service, Carol Service at Temple Methodist Church and the Founders’ Day Service, also at Temple Methodist Church.
Although these services take the form of a Christian act of worship they are not denominationally based.
The Chaplain also arranges Confirmation classes and has a supporting role when it comes to pastoral care.
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