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Collective Worship

It is a legal requirement that all registered school age pupils take part in an act of worship each day.  These acts of worship must be “wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian Character” for the majority of the time.  They must also be “appropriate, having regard to the ages, aptitudes and family backgrounds of the pupils”.
Families who send their children to this school are from a range of faith backgrounds and some from non-religious backgrounds. The extent to which families are practising also varies. We recognise that in asking our children to worship we have to consider the background that our children come from and it is therefore not the practice of this school to preach to or convert the children.  The faith background of both the staff and the child’s family is respected at all times.

We believe at this school that collective worship both supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life.  Our caring ethos and the values which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally, emotionally, physically and intellectually is reflected in our worship.  We value this special time in the school day for the space it gives children to develop a reflective approach to life and the ability to express their reflections in traditionally religious ways or any other appropriate manner.
Through our collective worship we aim to provide a caring and supporting environment for children to:
  •  Become increasingly aware of themselves as individuals and groups within the school and wider community
  •  Grow in understanding of the feelings of other people in everyday situations and beliefs
  •  Explore the language which people use to express their feelings
  •  Deepen their sense of wonder about the world around them
  •  Grow in confidence when making a presentation to the group or whole school
  •  Respond freely to religious and/or spiritual stimulus
  •  Acknowledge diversity and affirm each person’s life stance, whether it be religious or not
 Worship both reflects and nurtures the ethos of the whole school.  It encompasses all aspects of school life and all areas of the curriculum so that every member of staff and every pupil may feel involved.  In particular school worship here develops the feeling of belonging to a community which is essential for personal development and spiritual growth.

Please click the link below to read our complete Policy Statement: Collective Worship at Keys Meadow

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