Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100: 1-4
In keeping with our Voluntary Aided status, collective worship is highly valued and is considered an important time in the daily life of the academy: It is time, as a large school community, to join together to strengthen and enrich both socially and spiritually. The collective worship is wholly Christian in nature and reflects the traditions and practices of the church. In line with the Church of England’s Vision for education, our own school vision and British values, we also use collective worship as a time to educate, respect and explore other world Faiths when the opportunity arises.
Our collaborative work with local church members, ensures that children are exposed to collective worship that is invitational, reflective and engaging. As a school, we engage in a programme of whole school, key stage and class-based worship that provides children with an opportunity for daily acts of collective worship. This is led by members of staff, visiting clergy, who attend weekly, and children. We offer children a range of opportunities, weekly, that include: Whole- school assembly, singing, assemblies led by members of the local clergy, class-based exploratory worship and a celebration assembly. Through these opportunities, it is our hope that we enable them to:
- Give praise and thanksgiving to the Lord
- Engage in a safe and loving community
- Demonstrate respect and a deepening spiritual awareness regardless of faith
- Learn about the teachings of Christ through biblical teachings and texts
- Celebrate each other’s achievements and joy as children of God.
Due to large numbers of children at the academy, classes are timetabled to lead their own class assemblies, twice a year, to celebrate many themes that are reflective of our values and vision: Peers and parents are invited to share this experience with them.
The programme of collective worship is set by a collective worship group that includes staff, governors and clergy; the programme is reflective of our school values and makes links with Christian narrative and is revised on a yearly basis.
Leaders of Light
With the support of staff, governors and clergy, we are developing the role of our pupil leaders. We want to facilitate children to plan, deliver and evaluate collective worship. It is our aim that children have the knowledge and skills to be models of faith just as Christ did.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18 16-18
Our leaders of Light are a mixed-age group, of volunteers, that are fully supported in developing their role.