First female Chaplain provides care for Ipswich School community

Ipswich School has welcomed a new Chaplain amongst other new staff to join the school this term.

Rev Holly Crompton-Battersby is the first female Chaplain in the school’s 600 year history, and is responsible for the school’s Chapel services, as well as being part of the pastoral support team.

Rev Crompton-Battersby joined Ipswich School as Chaplain this September, having previously been a chaplain at schools in Tunbridge Wells, Goudhurst and Cambridge. Trained in both fine art and theology as well as being a qualified teacher, she also teaches Art at the school.

In order to carry out functions such as weddings, baptisms and communions, any Chaplain has to be licensed by the Bishop of the Diocese they are working in; Rev Crompton-Battersby was officially licensed by Bishop Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, in a special Sixth Form Chapel Service in November.

Nicholas Weaver, Ipswich School Headmaster, said: “We have been delighted to welcome Rev Crompton-Battersby into the Ipswich School community.  Care is one of the core values of Ipswich School and her addition to our pastoral team has been very beneficial.  She is lively, enthusiastic and immensely supportive of staff and students, which are exactly the qualities we want in our Chaplain.”

Rev Crompton-Battersby added: “I have enjoyed a very warm welcome into this friendly, inspiring, busy community, and I am looking forward to serving Ipswich School as its Chaplain.”

Rev Crompton-Battersby was one of the staff members who supported the team of Sixth Form students who organised the school’s successful Refugee Week campaign last month, raising over £2500 for the Red Cross.

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