Our Ethos

Our school motto: "Caritas et Veritas" (love & truth) is drawn from the writing of the Apostle John in the New Testament. He writes to Christians urging them to live lives characterised by love & truth.

"God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." 1 John 4:16

"It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in truth, just as God commanded us". 2 John 4

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How can I develop my personal spirituality?

Chapel Services

Services take place each week on Friday afternoon during registration (2:55pm - 3:15pm) in the Chapel in West. Pupils are registered in the service so there is no need for them to go to tutor groups for registration.

The services are a simple act of Christian worship: a few prayers, a Bible reading and a short talk to explain the Bible passage. These services are run by the clergy from St John’s Church, Hartford & Christ Church, Greenbank.

Anyone is welcome whatever their faith.

Christian Union ("Truth, Hope & Love")

This is a student club developed by students for the students. Members meet during Wednesday lunchtimes in the Chapel in West. It’s a great place to have lunch in a quiet environment, and also to think practically about what it means to be / live as a Christian in school.


The chaplain is willing to chat with anyone about pretty much anything - difficulties in school, crises at home, tough RS assignments, questions about spiritual/religious things…

He aims to listen more than he speaks. You can expect though that any advice offered will be rooted in the Bible for it is his conviction that the Bible, as the Word of God, is the best source of wisdom there is.

Praying for One Another

What is Prayer?

Speaking to God about things.

Why do Christians pray?

Christians believe God hears and answer prayers. God says:
"He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble…" Psalm 91:15

Who can pray?


What can I pray for?

We can thank God for good things.

We can talk to him about things that trouble us.

We can ask God for things… but we need to check our motives - simply asking for lots of things to make life more comfortable for us is not a good prayer.

Where can I pray?

Anywhere and at any time.

You don’t need to be in the chapel.

You don’t need to close your eyes.

Collect (Special Prayer) of the Week

Lord God, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness, hear the devout prayers of your church and grant that what we ask for in faith we may surely obtain, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Unsure of what to pray….?

Here are a few simple prayers that you could use to pray for yourself, your friends or your family. Each is introduced with a verse from the Bible.

Feeling sorry for things done wrong

Out of the depths I cry to your O Lord; Lord hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, who could stand? But with there is forgiveness… Psalm 130:1-4

O God, I am sorry that I often do wrong things that upset you and others. Please forgive me and help me to accept the forgiveness you offer through Jesus Christ. And please help me not to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Amen.


One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

Dear Lord, thank you for the friends and family you have given me. But right now I feel alone. Thank you that if I ask you to be with me you will do just that. Help me to trust you and not to be afraid in this situation. Amen.

Feeling sad or anxious

Cast all your anxieties on God for he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Dear God, you know and understand everything, even when I feel ill, afraid, lonely, anxious, sad or stressed. Help me to trust you because you love me and have promised to be with me always. Help me to make sense of the sadness I feel. Show me how I can grow as a person through this difficulty. And thank you that you are with me. Amen.


Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. Psalm 103:2-4

Lord God, you are the great healer. Please ease my pain and discomfort at this time and make me better. Please help me not to complain too much and be a burden to those who look after me. Amen.

Unsure of what to do right now

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 Dear God, I have no idea what to do in this situation. I need wisdom! Your word promises wisdom to those who ask for it. Help me now to know what to do so that I please you and am a blessing to my friends. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Contemplating revenge

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends… Romans 12:17-18

O God, thank you that you are a god of justice. Help me to trust you to do what is right. Give me the strength not to retaliate but rather to be kind to my enemies. I ask that this might bring an end to the bitterness I feel. I can’t do this without your help - please help me. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

School Prayer

Our school motto is echoed in our school prayer:

Almighty God,
thank you for our school, for friendship and learning.
Teach us to love you and to serve each other.
Guide us in your truth and teach us wisdom.
Give us humble hearts and honest lives.
Show us your love and help us to practise it.
Through the grace of Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen.


School Ambassadors are pupils who help promote the Church of England Status and Christian Ethos of Hartford Church of England High School within and outside of school.

They are chosen for this role. We look for pupils who are involved in their home church and who are committed to the Christian Union (THL) and chapel. We’re also after courageous pupils who are willing to stand up in school and be identified as Christian.

We expect them to be willing to:

  • Help in assembliesand chapel services
  • Conduct an annual survey among school pupils
  • Take an active role in Harvest, Christmas & Easter School Services
  • Be part of School Student Council
  • Attend Open Evening
  • Represent the school at community events