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Collective Worship

 

The Collective Acts of Worship in our school are Christian and reflect the traditions of Christian belief without being distinctive of any particular denomination. In Collective Worship children are invited to reflect upon aspects of faith and belief, before applying this reflection to their own lives and decisions. It is believed that children can take moral messages about love, tolerance, respect, forgiveness, equality and making the right choices from reflection on Christian teachings, without needing to be Christian or have specific beliefs in a particular deity. Collective Worship provides children with the time and space, to think and develop their own thoughts, feelings and views on the world and people around them.

 

All children are invited to participate in Collective Worship but this in not compulsory and parents have the right to withdraw their children from these aspects of school life. *COVID-19 restrictions may impact on the way in which children access and experience collective worship.*

 

The Requirements

'All maintained schools must provide religious education and daily collective worship for all registered pupils and promote their spiritual, moral and cultural development. As laid out in the locally agreed syllabus, both RE teaching and Collective Worship opportunities must reflect the fact that religious traditions in the country are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions. Collective worship in county schools and equivalent grant-maintained schools must be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character, though not distinctive of any particular Christian denomination.

Local bodies advise on RE and collective worship. They represent faith groups, teachers, the LEA and grant-maintained schools. Information and inspection requirements apply to RE and collective worship.'

(Circular number 1/94 Religious Education and Collective Worship).

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