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Lay Chaplain - Full-time

St Gregory's Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells

  • Ref:KCC886-5435-211S
  • Posted:27/02/2024
  • Pay:KR7
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:25/03/2024 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC



Salary:  KR7 (£25,378 - £28,466 FTE) approximately £22,023 - £24,703 pro rata

Hours:  37 hours per week, Term time plus five non pupil days (39 weeks)

St Gregory’s Catholic School is looking for a driven and enthusiastic practising Catholic to join our flagship Chaplaincy Team as a Lay Chaplain.  We are seeking a practising Catholic with a strong personal faith and the capacity to serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of staff and students in our school. The Lay Chaplain will provide witness to the Gospel by sharing in the joys, hopes and the sorrows of members of our school community and will always remind our school community of its Christian purpose. The Lay Chaplain will be expected to support the faith life of our Catholic students, to develop, encourage and strengthen the faith of all members of the school community.

The Role:

School chaplaincy has evolved from being a sacramentally defined ministry to one that is empowered by personal relationship.  It is the everyday presence of the contemporary school chaplain that best serves to define the role - a “presence in pilgrimage”. In this sense, the “presence” of the chaplain has a triple aspect, which chaplains themselves have defined as:

  • the physical presence of “being there for staff and students to come and share with”;
  • the charismatic presence of being “a witness to the centrality of the spiritual in people’s lives”;
  • the symbolic presence of being “a positive face of the Church” and in so being, encouraging staff and students to “deepen their relationship with God”

And all the while, this nurturing presence is offered “on the move” as students journey through “the most formative part of their own unique way through life” (Felzmann 1984), as with the wider school community they make a pilgrimage towards a deeper relationship with Christ in the world beyond the school gates.

Benefits of working at St Gregory’s Catholic School

  • A supportive and caring working environment for staff and students
  • Employee Assistance Programme which offers counselling, financial guidance, legal enquiries with access to online health and wellbeing resources
  • Training opportunities are provided for all staff
  • Access to our Fitness Suite
  • Kent Rewards Scheme
  • Generous Pension Scheme

You are welcome to contact HR at HR@sgschool.org.uk if you would like to visit the school before submitting an application.For ease of applying, we are happy to accept applications directly from Kent Teach.

Should you be shortlisted for interview, additional information may be requested at that time.

Closing date for applications: 25 March 2024 at 9:00am

This vacancy may close on or before the specified closing date depending on the volume of suitable applicants. If you are unsuccessful, we will contact you accordingly.

Information about the school

St Gregory’s is a mixed Catholic Secondary School, ages 11-18 with approximately 1370 students on roll. St Gregory’s is an Outstanding School (Ofsted 2013) which aims to provide a caring and supportive environment in which each individual can flourish.

We firmly believe that there is no ceiling on achievement and that in each student there is the potential to succeed. St Gregory’s is a place where young people are able to learn and enjoy school, developing their talents to the full. Aspirational targets are embraced by the whole school to ensure attainment and progress is consistently outstanding.

The school is in a rural setting on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells and within easy distance of a main line station. London and the South Coast are easily accessible.

All applicants need to have the Right to Work in the UK to be considered for this role.

Our Offer: We create an environment where our staff can thrive and enjoy the work that they do which enables our young people to flourish, gain confidence, achieve and be happy. We have a reputation for being a very caring environment and we have a great record for investing in staff training and development.

St Gregory’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and this position is subject to satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Teresa Chun - HR Hub
  • Address:Reynolds Lane, Tunbridge Wells , Kent, TN4 9XL
  • Telephone: 01892 240367
  • Email: hr@sgschool.org.uk


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.