School Chaplains

Welcome to the Chaplaincy team!

Chaplaincy at QE

QE is a Church of England School which is proud of its Christian character and ethos. Christian values are both implicit and explicit in the way that all members of the QE community conduct themselves. The current chaplaincy role began in 2014 when the House System was introduced at QE. Each House was allocated its own chaplain who, working closely with the Head of House, brings an added dimension to the pastoral care of the students, further supporting the Christian faith and promoting SMSC.

Each chaplain works within one house, and supports the school on a different day. This is to promote consistency and to maintain a chaplain presence in school. Each house has one assembly a week attended by their chaplain who can offer a short reflection or prayer at the start of the day.

Chaplains lead assemblies using the theme for the week. These are chosen with a focus on reflecting Christian values, key events from the Christian calendar and other significant world events. These themes are shared in assembly but also delivered by house tutors to ensure students are getting a consistent experience of collective worship. Resources and assemblies are designed to further promote students spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.   

Following the assembly the chaplains will spend time in the house office, offering pastoral and spiritual care to students, typically in mentoring sessions.

During break the chaplains offer a drop in service for any student who wishes to chat, and will see students from any house during this period.

There are also key times in the year when chaplains will be invited to attend or to be involved with events at the school, such as significant times in the Christian or the school’s calendar.




 Andy Acheson: York

 I was born in Zimbabwe in Africa to Northern Irish parents but have lived most of my life in England. I studied history at Sheffield University, and spent lots of time supply teaching in my early 20s. I then trained to work for the Church in Music and Youth work and have been the Youth Worker at St John’s Church in Wimborne for the past 3 years. I love music (proper guitar geek) and I’m a big football fan. I’m married to Elfie and have a one year old daughter called Lydia. 

 Katrina Greetham

I am Katrina, and enjoy my role as chaplain for Lancaster House.  I was born and grew up in Scotland, and entered ministry training at the age of 19, leaving my very quiet Scottish town to live and study in South London.  Since ordination as a Salvation Army Officer,  I have held various appointments, from serving in inner city areas of London, Sheffield, Leeds and Hull, in church and community settings, to managing a Salvation Army hostel, to working with refugees.  A highlight of life so far was spending 5 years in a military chaplaincy setting in Germany, before coming to Wimborne.

Wherever I have been I have worked in schools and have always cherished the links I have had with so many young people.

I am married with 2 grown up sons, and one brand new grandchild!

I love singing, reading, studying, and European travel, where I can use my language skills - at school my favourite subjects were French, German and Latin!

 Dan Desmond: Stuart House

 Hi! I'm Dan Desmond and I am the Stuart House Chaplain. I am also the Youth and Schools Worker at Verwood and Holtwood Methodist Church. I have been in this post since September 2014. Before this, I trained as a youth worker, then spent five years as a full time youth worker in Exmouth, Devon. So I have a thing for the seaside!


When I am not working, I spend a lot of time playing and writing music, walking and baking. I also love travelling, and hope to see more places in the future.


Bea Ellaby: Tudor House                

I'm originally South African but moved to the UK when I was 10. I grew up in Cheltenham and went on to study Fashion Management in Manchester. I became a Buyer for Debenhams and Primark for 4 years before following my husband to Dubai where I worked as a Training Consultant for 3 years specialising in Emotional Intelligence and leadership development. Although I went to a Church of England school I didn't choose to become a Christian until I was 22 on an Alpha course. Since then God's changed my life in amazing ways. I've worked as a youth worker in Dubai and the UK, first as a volunteer and now full-time as Youth Pastor at The Lantern Church in Merley. I'm married to Chris and when I'm not working I love to bake, go for walks, sew and watch TV.