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Collective Worship

The heartbeat of school life

The Collective Worship in our schools should strive to be, as the SIAMS evaluation schedule asserts, the ‘heartbeat’ of a school, beating away beneath everything that goes on in school.

It is a sign of the strength and energy of the Christian identity of a school, reaffirming its Christian vision, values and ethos. It is a time in the school day that that should be valued and special to all.

The Church of England encourages our schools to ensure that Collective Worship reflects the traditions of the Church of England and develops learners' understanding of Anglican traditions and practice. The core intention is that daily acts of worship are invitational, reflective and engaging.

Collective worship gives pupils and school staff the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an act of community.
  • Express praise and thanksgiving to God.
  • Be still and reflect.
  • 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.

Collective Worship Policy


Collective Worship monitoring form

Christian Festival Collective Worship

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This school year, we are offering a message from the Bishops and Archdeacons of our Diocese at key festival points that can be incorporated into your schools Collective Worship.

They are accompanied with additional ideas for you to build a Collective Worship that works for your own school.

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The Collective Worship resources and links shared here are designed to support you in formulating policy and developing practice.

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