Collective Worship

 

You can read our Collective Worship policy here.

As a Church of England School, we value the place of daily Collective Worship because it is a special time of day when the whole school comes together to strengthen the family feel. Our worship is of a Christian nature in the Anglican (Church of England) tradition, with God and Jesus as the focus. However, we aim to be inclusive, offering opportunities for children of both a Christian and non-Christian background to take part in ways that are appropriate for them.

Collective worship offers pupils and adults opportunities for spiritual development and includes time for silence and reflection. We try to offer variety in our worship, recognising that we are all unique, and make our time together engaging and relevant so we can ‘Amaze, Excite and Inspire’. Our Christian values are used as the basis of our termly worship themes. We explore what this value looks like ‘in action’ and the Bible stories relating to this value.  Our worship time always includes time for prayer and/or reflection, and we enjoy singing hymns and songs. Parents, carers and families are invited to join our Celebration assemblies, as well as festival services throughout the year.

Collective worship is carefully planned, and we follow the cycle of the Christian year marking special days and celebrations. This time is led by different members of staff within the school, as well as visitors from St Peter’s Church and the local community. This gives variety to appeal to different interests, ways of communicating, and interpretations of the Christian faith and how it is lived out. We follow a pattern of worship, which is laid out in our Collective Worship policy and the guidance leaflet for visitors.

A group of children from Key Stage 2 form our Worship Council. One of their roles is to help plan, lead and evaluate Collective Worship – this helps us keep improving and grows pupils’ confidence. It is also monitored by the head teacher and governors, to help assess the impact of our worship time and to ensure we meet the legal requirements.

What pupils say about Collective Worship:

  • I like hearing Bible stories and learning about God
  • It’s a space and a rest from work, it’s relaxing
  • I like singing
  • I like the visitor who uses a board to tell stories
  • I like listening to and talking about the Bible stories
  • I like being together, the whole school

** Because of COVID 19 we are not able to meet altogether or have visitors to join us. So our daily worship takes place in each classroom, and St Peter’s Ministry team send us contributions. You can see what we have been up to by looking in the class scrapbook, which is also monitored by members of the Worship Council, foundation governors and the head teacher.

Our School Collective Worship Timetable

 

Worship Lead
Monday

10.10am

Whole School Collective Worship

The theme of the week is introduced

 

Executive Head / School Head

Twice a term, this is led by members of the Draycot Benefice Ministry Team or other local church leaders

Tuesday

10.10am

Key Stage Collective Worship

In this worship each Key Stage looks carefully at an appropriate level at the value and its weekly focus

All staff
Wednesday

2.50pm

Song Worship

Songs linked to our value

All staff
Thursday

10.10am

Whole School Collective Worship

 

All staff
Friday

2.50pm

Celebration worship Executive Head / School Head

 

All our school newsletters contain a Christian Distinctiveness section for home reflection.  Here is a link to the archive.