Spiritual and moral contemporary issues are addressed. Pupils are required to attend Chapel and many choose to take an active role in presenting talks, music or drama. On certain days, notably Remembrance Sunday and Commemoration, the whole College community is expected to be present.
The Crypt Chapel which lies beneath the main Chapel is open daily as a space which any member of the community may use for quiet prayer or meditation.
The Revd David Ibbotson is the College’s resident Chaplain, and is here to offer help, advice and counsel for pupils and staff: he is responsible for the spiritual support and nurture of the whole Malvern family. Each year pupils are prepared for Confirmation. Baptisms are also conducted for members of the community.
David was educated at Manchester University where he read Chemistry followed by a PGCE, and has taught at Monmouth School and Watford Grammar School before joining Lord Wandsworth College where he became Director of Studies for 15 years. After studying Theology at Sarum College in Salisbury he was ordained in 2012 and left teaching to undertake a curacy at Tewkesbury Abbey. He has since been School Chaplain at the Monmouth Schools and Eastbourne College before joining Malvern College in January 2019. He is a serving ISI inspector and continues to teach Chemistry.
The Chapel has connections with the Philosophy and Religious Studies department: but the focus of teaching is on religious studies as distinct from religious education or instruction: a variety of beliefs and practices is encountered. The department teaches in an objective, non-confessional way towards public examinations which do not take formal account of personal faith.