The daily act of collective worship plays a central part in the life of St Edward’s CE Academy Cheddleton and is a means by which the school’s Christian vision and values are expressed.
Our collective worship themes are firmly rooted in biblical narrative. A bible quote is introduced at the beginning of each half termly worship theme and is displayed and referenced throughout.
Our whole school worship format includes a Trinitarian opening, the lighting of a three-wick candle, an Anglican greeting and a sending out all led by members of our Christian Council. Songs/ hymns/ reflective music are used, along with the reciting of our school creed and child led prayers.
Trust Deed and 1988 Education Act
Our daily act of collective worship is in accordance with the Trust Deed of our academy which requires worship to be consistent with the faith, principles and practices of the Church of England.
We also take into account the 1988 Education Act that states,
‘…all pupils in attendance at a maintained school shall in each school day take part in an act of collective worship’
and that this should be …’mainly of a broadly Christian character’
Our aims and organisation of worship
We aim to provide a variety of worship experiences. Our current organisation of worship is as follows:
Monday – Whole school worship led by Mrs Huckfield (Worship lead)
Tuesday – Visitor led worship for the whole school
Wednesday – Class worship
Thursday – Whole school ‘Worship in Song’
This follows the same format as our other acts of collective worship to ensure that it is more than simply a ‘hymn practice’.
Friday – Celebration assembly led by the Principal
This is a time where we gather to celebrate the children’s achievements both in and outside of school. Teachers will identify children who have achieved academically (our Gold Award) and personally (our DUCK Award – linked to our school rules and Christian values). We also celebrate attendance with an award for the class with the highest attendance percentage that week. The achievements of our four House Teams are also celebrated. The points that each house has accrued during the week for good behaviour and effort in their work are calculated and celebrated.
This is still regarded as an act of worship through singing our school blessing at the beginning and ending with a prayer.
Each year group is timetabled to lead worship for our school church services held at St Edward’s Church.