Our beautiful Chapel of the Holy Child sits at the heart of our School. The Chapel is so much more than just a building and symbolises community, where we enjoy meeting as a whole school three times a week for reflection, prayer and thunderous hymn singing.

Cranleigh School has from its inception to the present day been based on broad Christian principles and practice rooted in the Anglican tradition. However, those of all faiths and none are welcomed with open arms. The Chapel remains open throughout the school day where every member of the school community will find a quiet sanctuary and may spend time sitting and reflecting.

Cranleigh School Chapel

Chapel Services

  • Tuesday: Morning Prayer
  • Thursday: Morning Prayer
  • Friday: Congregational Hymn Practice
  • Friday: Evensong

Chaplaincy Events
The School Chaplaincy supports pupils, staff and the wider community through a variety of activities, including: Weekly staff prayer meetings, Services of Holy Communion held weekly in the Senior School Chapel, Parents’ Chapel held in the Prep School Chapel on Fridays at 4pm, Parents’ Prayer Suppers held termly and Explore meetings.

Explore – Tuesdays, 18:00 – 19:00 in the Reading Room
Explore sits alongside the formal work of the Chaplaincy and is run by two members of teaching staff. It exists as an opportunity for anyone interested to find out more about Christianity and students do not need to hold any religious beliefs to come along; all are welcome. The meetings are very informal: a typical meeting involves a talk of about 10 minutes and time to ask questions, with drinks and snacks provided.

All pupils are invited to be confirmed into the Anglican Communion during their time at Cranleigh. The course runs during the Lent Term in preparation for the Confirmation Service taken by the Bishop of Guildford. In recent years, the Alpha Film series has proved a helpful starting point for those thinking through their own faith.

Cranleigh School Faiths Forum
This is the collective name for the various different groups and meetings that take place within the life of the school inclusive of a variety of mainstream faith traditions.

It is a chance for all pupils, and especially those actively following a faith tradition outside of Christianity, to engage with a broad range of practices, traditions and moral values found in non-Christian faith traditions. The Cranleigh School Faiths Forum is convened by the School Chaplain within the wider work of the chaplaincy, where the spirituality of pupils from different faith traditions, both religious and non-religious, is nurtured and supported.

The Chaplaincy Team

Jacob Harrison

Jacob Harrison


David Reid

David Reid

Associate Chaplain

Taya Sellers

Taya Sellers

Teacher of Geography

Billy Backhouse

Billy Backhouse

Teacher of Economics and Business Studies

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