Please bless us all,
Help us to care for one another and to forgive one another,
To play and work well together,
Help us to be thankful and always to remember the love of Christ and spread his love wherever we go.
Cottingham Church of England Primary School is part of Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (PDET). This policy for Collective Worship is consistent with the purpose and aims of the school and Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (PDET) as well as the Trust Deed upon which the school was founded.
In addition to the aims already stated, at Cottingham CofE Primary School, Collective Worship is at the heart of our life and work. We provide an opportunity for pupils and staff to worship in a traditional Christian style, which is consistent with the beliefs and practices of the Church of England.
We believe that worship should be:
We hold a daily act of collective worship. This can be either as whole-school collective worship or in individual classes. We conduct collective worship in a dignified and respectful way. Collective worship is a period of calm reflection. We regard it as a special time; we create an appropriate atmosphere by using music or other objects, to focus the attention of the children. We always light a candle to signify the start of worship. We invite the children to participate in prayer, reflection and songs. We create an appropriate atmosphere by using music and a cross and our school candle that acts as a focal point for the attention of the pupils and those present. Our altar table and classroom reflection areas are always dressed in accordance with the colours of the liturgical seasons. Collective worship is led by either the head teacher, members of staff, the children, local guests.
The School Values of compassion, respect, honesty, perseverance, forgiveness and trust are explored through our times of Collective Worship and we spend one term in every academic year considering each value. A Bible verse reflecting each value is shared at the start of each term. This verse is then shared by the whole school community during each time of collective worship throughout the term. Each termly focus is then broken down to last for a week. Worship is planned for the whole term in advance and they are shared with all via the school website. We take the themes of our worship from the traditions of the Christian faith and we reflect the festivals and events of the Christian calendar. We also use Roots and Fruits Creative Collective Worship Programme as a tool for staff to deliver the Christian Values themes.
All teaching staff are expected to lead whole school worship. As well as school staff, whole school worship will also be taken by children, who are part of the Spiritual Council, guests from the local New Hope Church and clergy from the nearby All Saints Church. This brings greater variety to our worship times and strengthens links between the Academy and the local community as well as building the skills of the pupils. Parents / carers are invited to Friday Collective Celebration Worship and other special services, e.g. at Christmas, Easter and the end of the academy year. This promotes the community spirit of the Academy. We welcome governors’ attendance at our Collective Worship at any time.
Other opportunities for prayer and reflection are given throughout the week that include: Wednesday lunchtimes prayer, class lunch time prayer and in classes during class based worship. The spiritual garden also allows an outdoor space for children and staff to use for reflection. Worship opportunities are also offered to staff, children and their families as we attend services (e.g. Christingle, Education Sunday and end of year services in Church)
Each act of collective worship begins in a consistent way whether being led by adults or children. This approach allows all children and adults the opportunity to read the school vison and mission statements along with the chosen termly bible verse.
Monitoring the policy and practice of collective worship is the role of the Collective Worship Leader in school and the Section 48 Committee. The monitoring of the quality of worship involves:
Parents can request permission for their child to be excused from religious worship, and the school will make alternative arrangements for the supervision of the child during that part of the assembly. Parents and carers do not have to explain or give reasons for their request. This right of withdrawal complies with the 1944 Education Act, and was restated in the 1988 Education Reform Act.
The head teacher keeps a record of all children who have been withdrawn from collective worship.
This policy will be reviewed annually and amendments suggested to the AGC for approval.