Collective Worship

Every day our school community comes together for collective worship. As a Church of England school, our collective worship is centred on Christianity and Christian values.

We encourage children to regard collective worship as a period of calm, respectful reflection: to be quiet and thoughtful, to listen carefully to the leader and to participate in prayer and hymns. We create a peaceful atmosphere by using music and candles and other elements that act as a focal point for the attention of the children.

Every day, a different member of staff or clergy leads our collective worship:

  • Monday and Tuesday worship times are led by a member of senior staff
  • Wednesday worship takes place at St Luke’s Church and is led by a member of clergy
  • Thursday worship is led by a member of senior staff
  • Friday worship is led by our Year 6 children and is where we celebrate achievement in the school from the past week. The children also nominate each other for demonstrating one of our core Christian values.

Once every term, each class leads an act of worship and presents what they’ve learned to the rest of the school. Parents and carers are welcome to join us to share in their child’s learning.

We also celebrate the major Christian festivals throughout the year. Parents and carers are invited to join us for these special services at St Luke’s Church. These include the Christmas, Easter and Harvest services as well as our Year 6 Leavers’ Service. We also celebrate the start of each term with a celebration in our Church. On days when we attend worship in Church, this worship is deemed to fulfil our collective worship requirement for the day.

Withdrawal from Collective Worship

While St Luke’s is a Church of England school, we are committed to respecting individual beliefs. Upon entrance to the school, parents and carers are made aware of the Christian basis of our teaching. It is therefore unlikely that parents or carers would wish to exercise their legal right of withdrawal. However, should such a case arise, the parents or carers concerned should consult the Head of School.

We celebrate the cultural diversity of all the members of our school and have a cohesive community. Whilst collective worship will always reflect the Christian ethos of our school, we respect and acknowledge the variety of religious observances which are represented in our school and within the wider community. We acknowledge too that there are those of no faith who chose to be part of our school community.

Further information may be found in our Collective Worship Policy.