Collective Worship Policy
Article 14: Children have the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.
Article 13: Children have the right to be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
Article 12: Children have the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.
Article 31: Children have the right to relax and play and join in a wide range of activities.
Articles 28/29: Children have the right to a good quality education and be encouraged to develop their talents and abilities.
As we are a Church school, the law requires the Head Teacher and Governing Body to provide a daily act of Collective Worship which is in line with the schools Trust Deed and foundation.
Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children from acts of worship; we request that a discussion with the Head Teacher should take place before this decision is made.
Our Collective Worship Policy reflects our vision, ‘Together, as one, we support each other to flourish and succeed’ and demonstrates the partnership between the conduct and content of school worship and the ethos of the whole school based on our Christian values of friendship, forgiveness, honesty and respect. We consider Collective Worship to be a significant educational activity that both reflects and explores the schools distinctive Christian character and contributes to the academic achievement, personal development and well-being of all learners. We consider it to be a special time where children and adults are able to further explore their own spiritual, religious and worldview awareness: supporting all to flourish.
Collective Worship is a daily act and follows a set liturgical pattern. Music is played on entry and exit; it creates a calm atmosphere conducive to worship. Each class brings in a wooden letter to place on the Worship Table, which create the word TOGETHER, which links to our school vision. Adults give notices before Collective Worship begins. A three wicked-candle is lit by the children to mark the beginning of Collective Worship; the words ‘Our Collective Worship begins by welcoming The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit,’ are said. A song, linked to the Collective Worship theme, is sung during Collective Worship. To mark the end of Collective Worship, children and adults are invited to pray; The Lord’s Prayer is said, followed by the school vision, as a sending, before the children leave. The candle is blown out by the children to mark the end of Collective Worship.
Collective Worship in our school is:
- invitational, inspirational and inclusive. It engages all learners and they should be able to talk about the impact it makes on their relationships and on life in the school
- driven by the voice of our children
- enriched by child-led planning, delivering and monitoring
- regularly inclusive of Biblical material and Christian teaching and this explores and relates to the schools vision and core Christian values of friendship, forgiveness, honest and respect
- rich and varied: deliverers of Collective Worship include: children; senior leaders, our Vicar, Methodist Youth Workers; charity representatives; multi-faith and worldview speakers
- strongly focused on God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit enabling all learners to embark on an understanding of the Trinity
- helping all learners to understand Christianity as a living, worldwide faith and gain an appreciation of Anglican, Methodist and other Christian traditions found in the UK and worldwide
- challenging to all learners of all backgrounds to understand and embark on their own spiritual journey, understanding the value of prayer, reflection and stillness
- contributing significantly to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; providing all learners with “something more than the obvious, something to wonder at, something to respond to”
- welcoming: parents; carers; family members and friends; members of the community; the church congregation and governors are all welcomed throughout the Collective Worship calendar
- a time to celebrate and give thanks for achievements within the school, local and international community and occasions of significance, including multi-faith festivals and celebrations
- an experience that does not offend the integrity of the non-religious and those of different faith or worldview
The positive educational impact of Collective Worship at our school is demonstrated through:
- the whole community celebrating together
- sharing and experiencing differences
- developing a culture of learning
- understanding fundamental British Values
- building a sense of group identity
- creating a shared desire to support ourselves and others to flourish and succeed
- encouraging a sense of personal and social responsibility, focusing on the rights of the child
- a break from the busyness of life (for stillness and quiet)
- learning how to behave in a large social group
- exploring feelings and emotions
- learning how to perform in front of an audience
- learning how to respond to a performance
- developing the inner awareness of all
Planning and Monitoring Collective Worship
Termly Collective Worship Planning Meetings are an opportunity to review and evaluate the last term’s acts of Collective Worship and to plan themes and content for the next term; this involves the Children’s’ Collective Worship Group, the Collective Worship Lead and the Vicar (Vice Chair Of Governors). The voices of our children are sought through the Children’s Collective Worship Group and a termly whole school view-gathering activity, which is planned into the Collective Worship calendar. The monitoring process aims to identify the strengths of our Collective Worship and build-upon these to continually improve content and delivery.