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Collective Worship

What is Collective Worship?

Collective worship is the unique heartbeat of our school and is offered as part of a wider opportunity for pupils and adults to encounter faith by engaging in conversations about God, both as individuals and together. 


Each half-term, we have a whole school focus throughout Collective Worships, linked strongly to Christian Values. We used a programme called Roots and Fruits where each Collective Worship follows four elements; Welcome, Learning, Reflecting and Responding.


During Collective Worship, we light a candle to show that God is with us and each class brings a decorated, wooden cross to Worship. At the end of Collective Worship, although the candle is extinguished, the crosses return to class to show that God is still with us and to remind us of the message shared in Worship.


Throughout the week, Collective Worship is experienced in a variety of different formats:

On Monday, the whole school comes together to celebrate God's love and to reflect on the valuable messages that help us to follow our GROW values.

On Tuesday, classes hold their own Worship, where opportunities for discussion, reflection and spirituality are enhanced.

On Wednesday, the school is split in to two 'phases' - this worship is strengthened by our Oracy skills and our rules for respectful talk. There are plenty of opportunities for discussion and reflection.

On Thursday, we are joined by members of the Ozzy Rd Church, who provide engaging and topical Worships and ensures the strong link between school and the Church continues.

On Friday, the whole school comes together again to reflect on the messages and values of the week. We also celebrate our Golden Book winners, who are chosen for displaying our GROW values.   


For special times in the Christian Calendar, we hold our Collective Worship at Ozzy Road Church. 


Our Collective Worships give pupils and school staff the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an act of community.
  • Express praise and thanksgiving to God.
  • Be still and reflect.
  • Explore the big questions of life and respond to national events.
  • Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness.
  • Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ.
  • Affirm Christian values and attitudes.
  • Share each other's joys and challenges.
  • Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar.


If you wish to join us for a Collective Worship then please contact the School Office.