Voluntary aided (VA) schools with a religious character
Collective worship Legal requirements:
All schools must provide a daily act of collective worship for all pupils. The aim of collective worship is to develop pupils socially, morally, spiritually and culturally.
What is worship?
Worship can be defined as paying homage that which is of worth (worth-ship). Religious worship is the acknowledgement of worth which is attributable to a supreme being. Therefore, in church of England schools, opportunities should be provided for children to offer worship to God, through Jesus Christ.
Collective worship is about a school’s duty to develop pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. This may include learning about interesting cultural traditions and their meaning, listening to stories with a moral message and reflecting on themes such as strength, courage or loyalty. Collective worship should draw pupils’ attention to the values the school wishes to develop both as a body and in each individual. Collective worship is about the growth of the person, their character and social outlook, whatever their academic aptitudes.
Collective Worship at Lower Peover:
Worship is a time where we come together to share our love of God and celebrate our achievements together. All the contributions of staff, pupils, church clergy and other visitors are valued highly.
Worship is when we meet to acknowledge and reflect in God’s word and the teachings of Jesus.
Collective Worship takes place daily and is planned on a termly basis to incorporate all major Christian festivals as well as thought provoking and reflective themes and Anglican traditions. The children start each Collective Worship by saying a collective prayer and lighting a candle as a visual reminder of the Holy Spirit with us. All Collective Worship include reflection, prayer, a hymn and reference to a relevant biblical passage.
At Lower Peover Primary School we hold daily worship in the following ways: whole school worship, class-based worship, and key stage worship. The head teacher, deputy, key stage leaders, class teacher, Young Christian leaders and children lead and evaluate worship. We use a variety of resources and incorporate our PSHE Jigsaw programme each week.
Through collective worship and in the general ethos of the school we seek to promote our vision:
‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord ‘ Colossians 3:23