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

Our children are fantastic, our staff are brilliant and we have a strong and active community of parents, friends and colleagues who all pull together to give our children the best possible education and experience of school. It is also great to be part of the Cathedral Schools Trust and to work with their South Bristol schools to the benefit of all our pupils.

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Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at 4:05am
Third football match of the week - 4-1 win for the boys against Perry Court.

Some great teamwork on display again. Well done to all of the children involved. ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
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Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 2:13am
2 wins from 2 in the Boys’ Football League.

The lads showed courage & character in abundance to come back from 1-0 down to win 9-2 against Ashton Vale tonight.

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Help us by making a pledge, committing to improved road safety(comment below on what you can do to improve road safety around the school).

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Best of luck for the rest of the season!

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