Greetings from the Chaplain

As School Chaplain it’s my privilege to help serve the school by helping the students and staff explore and develop faith in a safe, relevant and encouraging environment, and help us celebrate what it means to be a faith community with a Christian ethos.

Our committed and dynamic chaplaincy team offer several connection points throughout the life of the school: regular assemblies and special assemblies, weekly Christian Unions for upper and lower school, Eucharists (attendance is on a voluntary basis), weekly staff prayers, a spiritual and reflective thought for the week, spiritual retreats, and a variety of special events in school and around Manchester.

A core component of the chaplaincy work is to lead the ‘Trinity Together’ initiative, which is build on the school’s vision and values and two key scriptures from Matthew Ch 22, v 37-40 and John Ch 10 v10 (see ‘Vision and Values’ section of website for more details)

In addition to my base in the School Chapel, you’ll see me around the school, in assemblies, RE lessons, teaching Maths and Engineering – and being involved in lots of other school activities. I love the city and the outdoors, and enjoy sports, music, travel, coffee and good food (in no particular order).

Revd Dr Steve Birkinshaw School Chaplain
Christian UnionsEucharists‘Exploring Christianity’ RetreatTaizé Pilgrimage

Christian Unions

Tuesday lunchtimes in the School Chapel

Christian Union (CU) is a place to come and explore faith & life in a fun way. CU take place in the Chapel every Tuesday lunchtime (12:20-1pm for Y7 & 10, 1:20-2pm for Y8,9 & 11).

Topics are wide-ranging but always relevant to exploring how, as young people, to ‘live life in it’s fulness’ (John 10:10). Our CUs are supported by Sarah and Peter (the Youth and Family Minister and Youth Worker) from Holy Trinity Platt. We always have fun, share biscuits, talk about flourishing as young Christians, as well as collecting for charity and taking part faith-inspired in projects around Manchester.


The Eucharist is the Christian service of Holy Communion (sharing bread and wine or the ‘Lord’s Supper’). Students from all faith backgrounds are welcome and attendance is optional. Eucharists are led by Anglican priests from around the Diocese of Manchester, and their support and partnership with the school is greatly appreciated.




Start of Year Eucharist

September 30th 2021 (Thu) 

Revd Dr Paul Mathole, Holy Trinity Platt

Harvest/One World Eucharist

October 14th 2021 (Thu) 

Revd Grace Thomas, St Edmund’s & St James’, Whalley Range

Advent Eucharist

November 25th 2021 (Thu)

Revd Richard Young, Holy Innocents, Fallowfield

Christmas Eucharist

December 9th 2021 (Thu)

Dean Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester

Epiphany Eucharist  

January 13th 2022 (Thu)

Revd Jo Jarrett, St Hilda’s, Firswood

Candlemas Eucharist 

February 10th 2022 (Thu) 

Revd Richard Criddle, Holy Trinity Platt

Start of Lent Eucharist

March 3rd 2022 (Thu) 

Revd Azariah France-Williams, Ascension, Hulme 

Passion Eucharist

March 24th 2022 (Thu)

Bishop Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton

Easter Eucharist

April 21st 2022 (Thu) 

Revd Nick Watson, Area Dean

Pentecost Eucharist

May 27th 2022 (Fri) 

Revd Mark Hewerdine, St Chad’s, Ladybarn

Trinity Eucharist

June 10th 2022 (Fri)

Revd Daniel Valentine, St Matthw with St Mary, Crumpsall

End of Year Eucharist

July 21st 2022 (Thu) 

Canon Simon Gatenby, Brunswick Parish Church 

Year 7 ‘Exploring Christianity’ Retreat

‘It was great to explore my relationship with God in a fun and active way.’ This is a quote from one of our year 7 students who participated in the Year 7 ‘Exploring Christianity Retreat’

Year 7 students are invited to head out to the the Peak District for two days of activities, groupwork and fun experiences – all centred around exploring what it means to follow Jesus and live out our faith. The feedback from students is overwhelmingly positive: ‘Really enjoyable – lots of fun’, ‘I learnt a lot’, ‘Our Exploring Christianity sessions were great and were able to connect us with Jesus’, ‘It challenged me and now I’ve tried something new that I love.’

Sarah Bradley, the Youth and Children’s Minister from Holy Trinity Platt, – who also help with Christian Unions in the school – is our guest speaker. The ‘Exploring Christianity’ sessions enable students to explore their understanding of God and their Christian faith, and the approved outward bounds instructors provide physical and teamwork tasks (climbing, abseiling, weaselling, etc.) The retreat finishes with a challenging walk … and ice cream at the local shops provided a well-earned reward!

The Exploring Christianity Retreat is scheduled for Friday-Saturday May 6th – 7th 2022.

Taizé Pilgrimage

In partnership with the Diocese of Manchester Board of Education, students from year 10 to 13 have the opportunity to go on pilgrimage for a week in early July in the Taizé Christian Community in France.

Those who have attended in previous years have always spoken of the trip as a hugely enjoyable and formative experience.

The Taizé Pilgrimage is running this year from July 1st – 9th 2022. See Dr Birkinshaw for details.

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