Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q

    Why are we called SCALA?

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    SCALA is an acronym for the School Chaplains and Leaders Association. It originated in a conference of school heads and chaplains held at Bloxham School, in Oxfordshire, in 1967. This gave rise to one of SCALA's predecessor organisations, The Bloxham Project, the other one being the School Chaplains Association, formerly known as The School Chaplains Conference.

  • Q

    When was SCALA set up as a charity?

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    Established in 1976, as The Bloxham Project, SCALA is a Christian educational charity.

  • Q

    What is SCALA for?

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    We exist to support faith and spirituality in schools and among school students.  We work particularly with school chaplains, pastoral staff, headteachers and school students. Bespoke consutancy can be arranged, if required.

  • Q

    Is SCALA linked to one Christian denomination?

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    No. Many of our schools are in the Anglican tradition, but SCALA is open and ecumenical, including Roman Catholic and other denominational schools, and non-denominational schools too.

  • Q

    How many schools are involved in SCALA?

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    From a core of around 100 schools, mostly secondary, in both the independent and maintained sectors of education. SCALA is now hoping to treble its base.

  • Q

    How do I become a member of SCALA?

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    We now have two classes of membership:

    1. Individual Membership at the much reduced rate of £150 pa. 

    2. Corporate Membership for only £300 pa. This class is designed to suit schools where more than one person (eg other pastoral staff, assistant chaplains, heads or governors) may wish to have access to the advantages of membership (especially website access and discounts). This class of membership covers any number of people from the same establishment. 

    It is envisaged that most members will have a role in a school, education or trust or diocese.                               Unaffiliated individuals are also most welcome to join.      

                                                                                                                                                             Please contact our admin office at The University of Chichester, Bognor Regis Campus (admin@scala.uk.net) for full details.

  • Q

    What are the benefits of membership?

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    Members become part of a national network in which Christian educational values are central. Advice and support are available from SCALA's Director who is available to visit schools on a consultancy basis. There are regular newsletters (briefings), regional meetings, conferences and training events, described in the Events section on our website.

     

    What we offer - Advantages of Membership

    • Regionally-based, nourishing, themed chaplaincy network meetings
    • Annual regionally-based ethos, values and leadership meetings for senior school leaders, including heads, governors, pastoral staff and chaplains
    • Attendance at the annual national chaplaincy conferences, alternating currently between Trinity College, Oxford and Liverpool Hope University
    • Access to a growing collection of support materials and papers through the members’ area of the SCALA website
    • Attendance at an annual chaplaincy day-conference for new chaplains
    • Access to regional or national chaplaincy quiet days for reflection
    • Access to day conferences covering such diverse topics as S.M.S.C., inter-faith issues and lay-chaplaincy
    • Notice of the training programmes of linked partners (National Society/CofE Central and Diocesan Boards of Education, The Woodard Corporation, TISCA and the Boarding Schools Association)
    • Discounted consultancy rates for support from the Director or Trustees, all of whom are either experienced education leaders or chaplains or both
    • Advice and course leadership on issues concerning school ethos, Christian school identity and S.M.S.C.

  • Q

    How do I find out more about SCALA?

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    Browse our website, contact our admin office at admin@scala.uk.net , or e-mail the Director at gordonmwparry@btinternet.com

  • Q

    How can our school become a 'corporate' member?

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    Send an email request either via the website or directly to the Administrator admin@scala.uk.net