Collective Worship

Principles

  1. As a school we follow the requirements of the 1988 Education Reform Act.
  2. Collective Worship is an integral part of the broad and balanced curriculum to which all our children are entitled.
  3. Collective Worship in School underpins all aspects of school life.
  4. Collective Worship in school is open to all staff and pupils and no assumptions are made about their personal commitment.
  5. Whilst awareness of other religious traditions and beliefs may be raised, we recognise that the proper place for fuller exploration of these issues is in religious education.

 

Aims

To develop:

  • Social and Moral values.
  • Spiritual awareness.
  • British values.
  • Knowledge of Christian values, beliefs, celebrations and patterns of worship.
  • Awareness of other beliefs, traditions, cultures and patterns of worship.

To provide a space in time which:

  • Allows a pause for reflection and stillness in the midst of the pressure of the school day.
  • Provides a rhythm to the life of the school by marking and celebrating special occasions and achievements.
  • Facilitates the development of a sense of community, of belonging and sharing.
  • Encourages pupils to learn how to be part of large and small gatherings, as well as offering opportunities to perform and respond to a presentation.
  • Allows for celebration and reflection.

Nature of Collective Worship

At Freegrounds Junior School, Collective Worship comprises:

Monday                       Whole School Collective Worship led by the Headteacher.

Tuesday                       Year Group Collective Worship led by Year Leader / teachers.

Wednesday                Whole School Collective Worship led by Deputy Headteachers and Year Leaders in rotation.

Thursday                    Year Group Collective Worship led by Year Leader / teachers.

Friday                         Worship and Celebration linked to our Core Values, led by the Headteacher, House Captains and School Councils.

 

Regular acts of Collective Worship bring the school community together to share moral and spiritual values and attitudes. Although these are mainly of a broadly Christian character, they also draw upon the teachings of other religions and themes and are illustrated with stories, poems and drama from fact and fiction and personal experience. We actively involve children in Collective Worship, encouraging them to consider the issues they present and speak and perform in public. Where appropriate, visitors are invited to contribute in Collective Worship e.g. representatives of charitable organisations, the local Mayor etc… All children have the right to attend acts of Collective Worship.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Collective Worship  and should contact the school to discuss this with the Headteacher.

Monitoring and Evaluation

This policy will be reviewed every two years and will be monitored in line with the school learning and evaluation programme.

Link policies 

  • School Vision and Values
  • RE
  • S.M.S.C.
  • Equalities