Collective Worship

The Church of England strongly supports the statutory requirement for collective worship in all schools, both Community and Church of England schools.  In Church of England schools collective worship must reflect the traditions of the Church of England and it should develop learners' understanding of Anglican traditions and practice.  For many schools the local vicar and other church members may be regularly involved as a part of the team planning, delivering and evaluating the acts of collective worship; and often school Eucharist (Holy Communion services) and other special services for festivals in the Church's year take place in the school or church.

There is plenty of flexibility in the provision to enable all pupils to benefit without compromising their beliefs. In a Church school worship should be invitational, there should be space for all to stand back to listen reflect and engage with integrity.  Collective worship is predominately educational and makes a major contribution to pupils' personal development. We follow a principle of 'Warm fires and Open Doors'.  We hope that all will be drawn by the warmth of collective worship, but they sit only as near to the fire as they feel comfortable with. Through their involvement in planning, evaluation and delivery of worship, pupils' understanding of spiritual and moral issues can be extended and enriched.

SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspections evaluate the impact of collective worship on the school community and its contribution to the values and ethos of the school.  Collective worship can particularly enable spiritual development as it provides pupils with the opportunity to express thankfulness and joy, to quietly reflect upon the big questions of life and their own thoughts and beliefs, and engage in an act of community. 

Pupils, teachers and families value the special dimension collective worship brings to church school life. It aims to give pupils and school staff alike the opportunity to:

  • Express praise and thanksgiving to God
  • Opportunities to be still
  • Explore 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

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