Collective Worship

Headley Park School believes that daily collective worship should be a reflection of the important value questions in life. We believe that students, regardless of their religious or philosophical backgrounds, should be encouraged, inspired and challenged by the religious and moral lessons and speakers they experience.

Purpose

  • To fulfil the national statutory requirements on religious studies for all state schools.
  • To raise awareness and understanding among children of the spiritual, religious and moral aspects of life.
  • To increase appreciation and respect for Christianity and other worldviews that exist in our world.

 

Principles

Headley Park School believes that daily collective worship should be a reflection of the important value questions in life. We believe that students, regardless of their religious or philosophical backgrounds, should be encouraged, inspired and challenged by the religious and moral lessons and speakers they experience.

 

Headley Park School believes that its collective worship should recognise that most students do not come from a particular religious background. We aim to make collective worship inclusive and it affirms the diversity of its students by having speakers / lessons from differing religious and non-religious views and carefully choosing topics which have relevance to all, regardless of their world view.

 

Detail

‘Spiritual’ education is understood to be the opportunity for students, regardless of their religious or philosophical background, to be encouraged, inspired and challenged in the religious and moral talks which they hear.

 

The programme of worship seeks to:

 

  • Inspire children to think about life’s most difficult and challenging questions and to provoke a sense of awe and wonder at the universe in which we live.
  • Reinforce the ethos of the school values which very often overlap with the teachings of Christianity and help encourage a sense of identity and community.
  • The content of assemblies aims to enable students to begin thinking for themselves and explore their own responses to difficult religious, moral and ethical questions and to provide opportunities for children to learn about the beliefs of some of the members of the local community. The assemblies also seek to provide opportunities and an appropriate ‘space’ for children to reflect on current world issues that are important at any given time.

 

Daily collective worship at Headley Park may include the following:

  • Talks
  • Music
  • Readings from the Bible
  • Readings from the scriptures of the main world religions
  • Stories
  • Singing
  • Pictures and video clips
  • Prayer
  • Quiet reflection
  • Question and answer
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Artefacts

 

Roles and Responsibilities

The Head Teacher is responsible for:

  • Meeting the national statutory requirements on collective worship for state schools.

The Culture Team Leader is responsible for:

  • Managing the programme of collective worship, including planning and publishing the programme and monitoring quality of provision.
  • Ensuring appropriate diversity and development of the spiritual, moral and cultural dimension of

children’s education and experience.

  • Organising collective worship speakers and special activities.

The Governing Body is responsible for

  • Ensuring that the Head Teacher fulfils the national statutory requirements on collective worship for state schools.

 

Monitoring and Review

The Governing Body will monitor the fulfilment of the national statutory requirements through its Effectiveness of Teaching and Learning Committee.

The policy will be monitored annually both in terms of its implementation and effectiveness and reviewed every three years.

In reviewing the Policy, the Governing Body will be mindful of the views of parents (through parents’ forums, questionnaires, correspondence, etc.), children (through School Council minutes, questionnaires, feedback to staff, etc.), and staff (through feedback from staff meetings, and questionnaires), or from further consultations where necessary.

Our Primary School

Alex Gingell is Headteacher, Nick Smith Chair of the Local Governing Body and Emma Cave (Business Manager) is responsible for coordinating queries from parents and other members of the public. It is also great to be part of the Cathedral Schools Trust and to share best practice with their South Bristol schools to the benefit of all our pupils.

 

Queries

All queries relating to the school, request for paper copies of this website content and curriculum content should be directed to Alex Gingell (Headteacher) office@headleypark.bristol.sch.uk.

 

SENDCO, Mark Inskip minskip@headleypark.bristol.sch.uk. Please see local offer under policies.

 

Chair of Governors, Nick Smith nsmith1@headleypark.bristol.sch.uk.

 

Headley Park falls within the Bristol City Council Local Authority Area https://www.bristol.gov.uk/.

 

The school complaints policy is shown in the policies tab of this website.

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