Job Description

The Chaplain plays a vital role at Taunton School and is at the heart of school life. There are many aspects to the role but the primary one is to “make the students think”.

Our school is based on a Christian ethos and we are proud of our non-conformist history which continues to be recognised in the non-denominational forms of worship followed in the Chapel.

The Chaplain will reflect Christian spirituality to the community of Taunton School but must have a strong appreciation of, and respect for, all faiths in our diverse and inclusive community. Engagement is vital and the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to engage, and challenge, the whole community during regular Chapel Services. The role simply is not for someone who just expects to provide a hymn, a prayer, a talk and a blessing alongside small Christian Union meetings. It is a role for someone who can think outside the box to enable young people to recognise the importance of spiritual thinking. It will suit an ambitious, vibrant, energetic person with a desire to build something special.

Taunton School is unique in its structure and history. It is a community of 1,100 pupils, with over 400 boarders, from over 40 different countries. The community includes over 600 staff.

It is made up of the Pre-Prep School (0 to 7); Prep School (7 to 13); Senior School (13 to 18); Taunton School International (TSI – 14 and 18) and Taunton School International Middle School (TSIMS – 8 to 14).

Our aim is to challenge, nurture and inspire young people to succeed in a global community. It is busy, energetic, challenging, ambitious and caring. Taunton School is proud of its history and is focused on the future. The Chaplain will play a key role in its further development.

The successful candidate will offer the School flexibility as the role may include evening and weekend working. We offer a competitive package and an outstanding environment in which to work.

Please note, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010: Part 1, Schedule 9, there is a genuine occupational requirement for the postholder to be a practising Christian.

Application details:
Please complete and submit a Taunton School application form, covering letter and equal opportunities monitoring form to Alternatively applications can be posted to the HR Department at the main School address, CVs alone will not be accepted.

Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on 19th April 2020
Interviews will take place on 27th April 2020

Taunton School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An offer of employment will be subject to a number of pre-employment checks including ID and Right to Work in the UK, satisfactory references and a successful enhanced DBS check.

Taunton School is an equal opportunities employer and sets out to be caring and reasonable in its approach to all staff; it values its staff and has been accredited with the Investors in People gold standard.