As a Church of England voluntary controlled school, the act of Collective Worship forms an important part of each day. The worship is of a Christian nature, but great care is taken to ensure that children of other faiths feel included and comfortable. It is led by a Headteacher, one of the teachers, the vicar or a visitor.
The daily act of worship is an important part of the life of the school, helping children and staff to feel part of an inclusive community whatever the individual’s creed, colour or culture.
Our Aims of Collective Worship
- To nurture the school’s sense of community including pupils, staff, governors, parents and the local church and village communities.
- To develop shared morals and values.
- To encourage spiritual, social and moral development.
- To provide opportunities for the school to be part of the local community including the church.
- To celebrate the Festivals of Christianity and other world religions.
- To celebrate and remember the lives of special people.
- To develop empathy with the needs of others.
- To encourage respect and care for the world.
- To celebrate difference and diversity.
- To celebrate gifts, talents and achievements.
- To give time for reflection.
- To encourage feelings of awe, wonder and thankfulness.
- To experience a variety of forms of worship.
These will be developed through music, literature, art, silence and an awareness of the natural world.
The act of worship is an integral part of the whole curriculum.
Collective Worship and R.E. are planned separately though the themes sometimes overlap, particularly at major Christian Festivals.
We’re not a religious family! What will my child get from Collective Worship?
Collective Worship is set up so that all children and adults, of any faith or none, are invited to find out what Christians believe about God, the world and themselves. Children are given time to reflect and wonder about the big questions of life. Staff and pupils alike value this time of quiet and stillness as a way to bring the community together.
Parents do have the right to request that their child is withdrawn from collective worship. Such a request should be made in writing to the Headteacher. The pupil concerned would then be supervised elsewhere in school during assembly times.