Collective Worship Overview
All Church of England schools must provide a daily act of collective worship for all pupils which must be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’.
Collective worship fulfils part of the school’s duty to develop pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Pupils are given the opportunity to learn about interesting cultural traditions and their meaning, listen to stories with a moral message and reflect on the Christian values we hope to develop and promote both within our school community and in each individual; Wisdom, Hope, Care and Community.
Collective worship gives pupils and school staff the opportunity to:
• Engage in an act of community.
• Express praise and thanks to God.
• Be still and reflect.
• Express the big questions of life and respond to national events.
• Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness.
• Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ.
• Affirm Christian values and attitudes.
• Share each other’s joys and challenges.
• Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar.
Worship takes place every day and may be whole school, key stage or class worship.
- On a Monday the Collective Worship is whole school and led by the Head Teacher or Revd. Kate Byron from St. Peters Church.
- On a Tuesday, the Collective Worship is in key stage’s and led by the teachers who are in the Senior Leadership Team. ‘Picture News’ may be used as a resource to support the Collective Worship.
- On a Wednesday we have a whole school hymn practice led by the Head Teacher.
- On Thursday, the Collective Worship is in key stage’s and led by the class teachers on a rota. ‘Picture News’ may be used as a resource to support the Collective Worship.
- On a Friday we have a Celebration Assembly which celebrates those children who have shown our ‘Taking Care’ values and Christian values throughout the week.
In addition to celebrating and reflecting on seasons of the Church Year, our collective worship themes are planned to include a focus on the Christian values that are an important part of the school ethos and that we aim to reinforce in this time of meeting together. We also value learning about inspirational people and reflecting on what we can learn from their lives.