The Twyford Church of England Academies Trust
The Twyford Academies Trust takes its faith seriously; but more than that – students enjoy God and celebrate God's presence, work and creativity.
The chaplaincy at Twyford Church of England High School operates to make faith across the breadth of school interests a living reality: from assemblies to student let prayer, opportunities are given to all of the school community to use ICT, music and a reflective style to engage in a way that meets the needs and interests of the students and the school community. Tutor time meditations allow each student time and space to reflect before they rush to complete the day's tasks.
A regular Chapel programme reflects the diversity of interests present in the student body: from dance and discussion, to guided meditations, to a regular service of Holy Communion and Praise Celebrations.
The Twyford Trust Fellowship Group provides for regular Bible study and weekend retreats, as well as hosting our termly IGNITE series.
In addition the Twyford Trust has a Gospel choir, Chamber Choir and Communion Bands for each year group which participate in school worship, Communions and Assemblies.
There are many opportunities to lead and support worship in school, with two Chaplaincy representatives for each year group, world faith representatives, and Chapel ambassadors in each form. There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities that students are encouraged to participate in. The chaplaincy encourages an enriching, harmonious relationship between students of different faith within the school – Muslim students meet regularly to pray; the Chaplain has contact with a range of faith leaders in the local community who are willing to offer support and expertise.
Twyford High School has a link to schools in Mozambique and financially supports teacher training for those working in the Diocese of Maciene. This is an example of one of the ways in which they chaplaincy are engaged in community service beyond the boundaries of the school.
The Chaplaincy also provides for students' pastoral needs, running a learning programme for those who have experienced loss called Seasons for Growth. Students are also supported through a 'Boys II Men' and 'Girls Talk' programme that seeks to nurture students' confidence and self-esteem.
The Twyford Academies Trust has a full time Anglican Chaplain, The Revd David Brammer who is supported by SMSC leads.