Oakham School is a Christian foundation and, as such, we are dedicated to nurturing the Christian faith amongst our pupils through the varied and stimulating regular worship that is at the heart of school life. Our Chaplain is also happy to arrange for those of other faiths to receive the spiritual support they need.
Our full-time Chaplain, the Reverend Tim Tregunno, assisted by the recent graduate Chaplaincy Fellow, provide a variety of formal and informal support for the school community, giving pupils and staff – whatever their religious beliefs – opportunities for quiet, personal reflection within the busy life of the School.
Built in 1924 as a memorial to the 68 Old Oakhamians who died in the First World War, our beautiful Chapel is the focal point of community worship at School.
Each pupil attends one of the weekly chapel services held on Monday, Thursday or Friday mornings; full boarders also attend Chapel on Sunday mornings. These services follow a theme which seeks to address issues of contemporary relevance to the Christian faith. Each House in turn takes responsibility for running the morning service, providing prefects, readers and pupils to lead prayers. Sunday Chapel often hosts a guest speaker. The Chapel Choirs, together with our organist and Director of Music, are instrumental in providing the vibrant spiritual atmosphere in which these services are conducted.
Chapel also provides the setting for the weekly Congregational practice or ‘Congo’, as it is affectionately known. This hymn-singing practice is a great informal opportunity for pupils of all Houses to come together on a regular basis.
Beyond Chapel, preparing pupils for Confirmation, midweek communion, weekly Bible study groups, Open House evenings at the Chaplain’s house, or informal visits to the different Houses are just a few of the many ways in which the Chaplaincy team hopes to offer spiritual support to the school community.
I joined Oakham as Chaplain and teacher of Religion and Philosophy in September 2016 from Heathfield School, Ascot where I was Chaplain, taught Religious Studies and gained my PGCE. I was ordained in 2006 and served my curacy in St Leonards-on-Sea before becoming Anglican Chaplain to Worth Abbey School and Priest-in-Charge of St Leonard’s, Turners Hill. I am enjoying continuing the spiritual growth of the School as well as being Chair of the School’s student charity fundraising organisation – OSCA.