Policy Statement on Collective Worship
Gwenfo Church-in-Wales Primary School [controlled] is a village school in a country area on the outskirts of Cardiff in the Vale of Glamorgan. There are a small number of families from faith communities other than Christianity who attend.
The staff and governors at Gwenfo Church-in-Wales Primary School see an important purpose of the school as that of providing an excellent education, both academic and social, with a Christian ethos for all its pupils.
Education reform act 1988
Collective worship at Gwenfo Church-in-Wales Primary School complies with the legal requirements set out in the 1988 Education Reform Act.
It is a requirement of that act.
- ‘That a daily act of Collective Worship must be provided for all pupils…’
- ‘That worship must be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character…’
The main aim of collective worship at Gwenfo School is for it to be relevant and meaningful for all pupils and staff, for those with a faith background and those with none.
Parents do, however, have a right to remove their child from the act of collective worship.
Aims of Collective Worship
- To provide an opportunity to learn about and to worship God: through praise, story, prayer, music and in times of reflection.
- To provide an opportunity to sense an ambience of awe and wonder as they worship.
- To provide an opportunity to consider moral and spiritual issues and to explore their own beliefs and values.
- To provide an opportunity for children to participate and respond actively in the act of Collective Worship through listening, watching, praying and joining in the worship.
- To develop a community spirit by: celebrating achievements, festivals and special
occasions together, and in showing concern for members of the school community.
- To encourage respect and understanding of those with differing beliefs and religious
- To provide an opportunity to reinforce positive attitudes by developing in children a
feeling of self worth and worth of others. This enables them to promote good relationships, increase co-operation and to resolve conflict in a positive way.
- To be Educational: collective worship should be a learning experience of quality,
consistent with the education aims and objectives of the school. There are links with other curricular subjects including R.E. and PSE.
Organisation of Collective Worship
A new Worship theme is introduced to the school each week. These are based around a half termly ‘Values’ theme and Social and Emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) themes.
The school then explores elements of this theme through a variety of methods and groupings throughout the week. One week each term covers Welsh themes.
Collective Worship takes place daily in a variety of forms including song, story and visual stimuli.
Monday – 9.00am: Whole school worship led by Head teacher or Deputy head
Tuesday – 9.00am: KS1; KS2- Class Worship
Wednesday – 9.00am: Whole School Worship led by Vicar Jon.
Thursday – 9.00am: KS2; KS1- Class Worship
Friday – 9.00am: Whole school worship focussing on special achievements.
A variety of people will lead acts of worship: The Head teacher, teaching staff, the parish priest, the pupils and other visitors.
Vicar Jon is involved in leading whole school Collective Worships on a regular basis throughout the year and leads the Worship to celebrate important Christian celebrations. e.g. Eucharist, Harvest, Christingle, Easter etc.
KS 2 pupils attend the Eucharist Service in St. Mary’s on special occasions;
Pupils are involved in developing the rota, giving suggestions and ideas.
A rota is kept and members of staff record extra details of the collective worships they have led. These are kept and monitored to ensure a range and varieties of experiences are offered.
The evaluation and outcomes of collective worship currently used are through feedback, children’s attentiveness and the observation of the children’s general behaviour in and around school and to one another, which contributes to the school ethos.
Collective Worship Co-ordinator