Spiritual Life

We are a Catholic school with strong traditions that date back to the RCE Sisters who founded the school in 1889.  We pride ourselves on being a warm, welcoming and inclusive community, where we celebrate and nurture the unique gifts that God has given each person.  Spiritual life at Farnborough Hill is very full.  Every day begins with prayer and there are many opportunities for communal worship, retreat, celebration and contemplation.  Much of the spiritual life is led by the School Chaplain with help from the RE Department and the Music Department.  We come together for Mass approximately five to six times a year - including the Catholic Holy days.  The Chapel is used weekly for Assemblies and various other school gatherings, since it is possible for our whole school to come together in this space. 

Pupils are encouraged to take part in the liturgies by reading, serving on the altar, animating gospel stories through drama and dance, serving as Eucharistic Ministers and singing in the choir.


The Chapel is always open during school hours and pupils are welcome to visit it at any time.  The architect was Sir Adrian Gilbert Scott and the Chapel was completed and opened in 1932 when it was dedicated to the Sacred Heart.  It seems appropriate that the physical location of the Chapel is at the heart of our school. 

We are part of the Diocese of Portsmouth and have a Diocesan Validation of the School - the published report can be viewed and downloaded here.

Mrs Nelle Dalton

Mrs Nelle Dalton


The role of the Chaplain is inherent in the vision and Mission Statement of the School: to support and develop the spiritual life and Gospel values of the School community.

Mrs Nelle Dalton works closely with the RE Department and other members of staff to facilitate many of the aspects of the School's spiritual life - daily prayer, whole school Mass, CAFOD Youth Leadership, Social Justice Club, annual retreats and more. She can be found in the Chaplaincy by the Year 7 form rooms, where her door is always open.

Read some of our recent articles below: 

Our First CAFOD Culture Day

At our first Culture Day, organised by our CAFOD Young Leaders, girls wore traditional dress, we enjoyed amazing performances and we feasted on global flavours.

A Reflective Lenten Mass

Since Ash Wednesday fell during our half-term holiday this year, we came together as a school for a reflective Lenten Mass on Friday 23 February, celebrating the first full week of Lent. 

Christmas Message from the Chaplain

Farnborough HIll's Chaplain, Mrs Nelle Dalton, writes her thoughts on the theme of hope and shared experiences with others during the Christmas season.

chaplain and altar servers
Farnborough Hill Chapel
altar server with candle