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 – Celebration assembly led by the Principal
Tuesday – Whole school worship led by Mrs Huckfield (Worship lead)
Wednesday – Class worship led by staff
Thursday – Visitor or class led worship
Friday – 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’.
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 or personally (our GOLD Awards – linked to our Christian values).
We also celebrate attendance with an award for the class with the highest attendance percentage that week. Children share achievements and awards they have gained in out of school clubs too.
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 which include Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas and Easter.