Giggleswick School is a Christian Foundation and Christian values underpin our community life as a School. We seek to engender in our pupils a sense of responsibility and an attitude of warm community and open generosity towards each other and the village in which we live.
Each term begins and ends with a service in Chapel. There are short services to start the day each Wednesday and Friday, and boarders attend chapel on Sundays during term time. Our intention in chapel is to ensure that services are accessible to the pupils. The style is generally serious but informal, with more formal services when the occasion demands it. The themes chosen are relevant to young peoples lives today, and the emphasis is on engagement and participation. Pupils have opportunities to do readings and prayers, to sing in the choir and to lead the chapel services.
History of the Chapel
The Chapel was the gift of Walter Morrison of Malham to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. He commissioned T G Jackson, a leading architect of the time; work begun in 1897 and was completed in 1901.
The architect’s challenge was to design a Gothic building with a dome (as specified by Morrison) and yet make it appear as if it were natural to the surroundings. It was also Morrison’s wish that the building should be finished and furnished in every respect, leaving no room for subsequent intrusion of possibly unsympathetic work, and so the Chapel has become a rare instance of a building in which every detail has been completed and designed by, or under direction of, the same person.
Visitors are welcome to visit the Chapel from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. The Chapel is usually closed on Bank Holidays, on the Tuesday after the Spring Bank Holiday and for the last two weeks of December each year. Other times by arrangement. Visitors must report to the main school reception to obtain the key to the Chapel.