As a Church of England Academy, we hold to a vision that worship is an affirmation and celebration of our Christian ethos where staff and children have the opportunity to learn, worship and grow in their understanding of God and of themselves within our school community. Collective Worship enables pupils and staff to gather together to respond to the presence, power and peace of God through prayer, reflection, singing, celebrating and sharing feelings. Worship should enable participants to develop an understanding of the Christian belief in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We recognise that not all staff or children have a Christian faith. We welcome everyone to Collective Worship and offer it as a shared space for reflection and spiritual growth where our communities grow together in love and respect.
The aims and purpose of Collective Worship as defined by the Education Reform Act 1988 are as follows:
• To provide an opportunity for the children to worship God
• To enable children to consider spiritual and moral issues
• To enable children to explore their own beliefs
• To encourage participation and response
• To develop in children a sense of community spirit
• To promote a common ethos with shared values and reinforce positive attitudes
Within our provision of Christian Worship, we try to meet these aims for all children.
Each half-term explores a Christian value in a variety of ways, through story, song, prayer and reflection.