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Barlby Bridge School Policy for Collective Worship

Date- March 2016                                                  Reviewer- C Hughes

Review date- March 2016                                     Signed- Claire Hughes


1. Introduction

Barlby Bridge is a community primary school, in North Yorkshire, catering for children aged from 3 to 11.


This Collective Worship policy has been designed with our school population in mind. It is written in accordance with guidance from North Yorkshire’s Standing Advisory Council for RE (SACRE).


2. Policy statement


This Collective Worship policy reflects the law (i.e. the requirements of the 1988 Education Reform Act) and strengthens the community ethos of the school.


Collective Worship will take place daily and will be planned so as to be appropriate to all pupils of any religion or none, to enable them to be present and take part as appropriate.


The aims of collective worship in Barlby Bridge School is to promote pupils’

spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Through collective worship , we actively promote fundamental British values. This includes promoting further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures. A large part of our collective worship is based around developing understanding amongst pupils’ of the difference between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ both in school and in the wider society. We focus on developing acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) and that this should be accepted and tolerated.


All present should feel valued whatever their faith or personal beliefs.


Under no circumstances will pupils be asked to accept beliefs, which are contrary to their family background.


They will reflect the beliefs and backgrounds of individual pupils and encourage a voluntary response from pupils.


Worship will acknowledge and respect the responses of individual pupils and provide opportunities for them to express their feelings, delight at life, wonder, joy, rejoicing, sorrow, etc.


Collective worship will not assume a shared religious commitment. They will encourage pupils to consider their own place in the community and what it means to be a citizen.


The school values the impact of collective worship on the wellbeing of all members of the school community and ensures that collective worship is regularly monitored and evaluated through SMSC centred learning walks or evidence trails and monitoring of collective worship themes. A yearly collective worship timetable ensures breadth and balance of areas covered. This policy is reviewed regularly by the senior leadership team and approved by the governing body.


3. The legal requirements: the Education Reform Act 1988




Collective worship takes place in school each day. It is delivered to the whole school on a daily basis with the exception of Wednesdays when it takes place in key stages. The reception class have a daily collective worship in their own classroom.


Style and Character

• The school provides a daily act of worship which is wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character.


Interpreting the law for our school


Parents may withdraw their children from Collective Worship on grounds of conscience should they wish to do so, but we believe that Collective Worship is inclusive and beneficial for all pupils. Parents are asked to contact the Head Teacher to discuss any concerns.


Arrangements for those children withdrawn from Collective Worship


It is hoped that no child will have to be withdrawn from Collective Worship, but where this is the case the following arrangements will be made: the pupil will stay within a classroom where they will be supervised by a teaching assistant. The child will be expected to complete an independent task during this time such as quiet reading.


4. The content of Collective Worship


Collective Worship may include the following:


  • Teaching centred around the ‘We Care’ ethos
  • History about the local area and the significance that this has in our lives today
  • Teachings that are ‘broadly Christian’ in nature in that they deal with universal values and issues that concern us all 
  • Events in the calendar year which have religious significance (i.e. Harvest/ Lent/ Diwali) and those which have a cultural significance (i.e. Martin Luther King Day.)
  • School rules and behavioural expectations
  • Modern day matters such as current news and topical issues
  • Remembering and learning about significant historic events
  • Environmental concerns such as ecology and pollution
  • Teaching about the importance of fostering an inclusive school and wider community through recognition of the value of every individual
  • Teaching about British law and democracy
  • Equal opportunities 


The content of Collective Worship is designed to enhance the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils: to provide opportunities for reflection: to celebrate the good, praise achievements and promote recognition of each pupil’s own worth and potential. The children will often be actively involved in the collective worship.


5. Conclusion

Collective Worship is an opportunity to develop our whole school ethos and the values underpinned by our ‘We Care’ vision. We aim to prepare children to be active and caring citizens in both our school and the wider community in readiness for their future role in society.

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