Benjamin Hargreaves C.E Primary School Voluntary Aided

Every child, every day, to learn, to laugh, to love and pray.

Collective Worship Policy



(April 2015)




We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where individuals are valued and respected. We will endeavour to enable all children to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian Faith.



Collective Worship should aim to provide the opportunity for pupils to:

  • worship, and grow in the knowledge and love of God;
  • consider spiritual, moral and social matters;
  • consider and explore their own beliefs;
  • participate and respond especially in prayer;
  • develop a loving community spirit, promoting a common ethos of shared Christian values and reinforcing positive attitudes.


Collective Worship and Assembly are different and distinct. Collective Worship occurs daily, placing the day into God’s hands, and sustaining the children and staff spiritually. Assembly celebrates/rewards achievements, and notices are given out. The whole School meets together each morning, but worship and prayer are not limited to daily acts of worship. Opportunity is taken to pray and reflect collectively throughout the day, especially before lunch and at the end of the afternoon session. Each class has an interactive reflection table in their classroom which reflects their current RE theme.


Our daily act of Collective Worship is within an Anglican ethos and tradition as set out in the School’s Trust Deed. It carries a broadly Anglican message, in accordance with our Mission Statement and conforms to Blackburn Diocesan Policy. It usually takes place in the School Hall in an environment which encourages worship, prayer and reflection.

Care is taken to provide:

  • a suitable focal point, visual or musical, which emphasises that it is time for worship;
  • a coloured runner on the altar which reflects the current Church season;
  • a candle which is lit prior to worship and extinguished after the closing prayers.
  • music which is played before and after worship.
  • Where possible an appropriate powerpoint prepared by staff or pupils.


Music is an important part of our worship of God and we strive for excellence in our communal hymn-singing, recognising our need to give of our best to God.


A two year rolling programme of worship has been established by the School’s Worship Committee, composed of the Headteacher, the Incumbent, Governors and St. Paul’s Church Reader. The programme is based on Christian values, which have been chosen by staff, governors, pupils and parents/carers. They focus on love, respect, forgiveness, truth, friendship, kindness, thankfulness, courage, compassion, hope, peace, trust and self-discipline. The half-termly School Value is shared with parents/carers in our Weekly Newsletter. At our weekly Achievement Assembly a special Headteacher Award is given to a pupil who, in the judgement of staff has demonstrated one of the School’s values.


Worship is led by members of staff, the Reverend Ian Enticott, visitors and members of the Pupils’ Worship Group. Each term EYFS, KS1 and KS2 classes lead an act of worship in

St. Paul’s Church to which parents/carers are invited. The School also meets in St. Paul’s Church to celebrate major Christian festivals and parents/carers and Church members are encouraged to join us.


Worship is regularly reviewed and evaluated by the Headteacher, governors, parents, staff, pupils and visitors.


Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from Collective Worship, after discussion with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors.


Review Date: April 2019



Every child, every day, to learn, to laugh to love a pray






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