• In this policy statement and guidelines we outline the way that we as a school approach the organisation of Assemblies and Acts of Collective Worship.
    • All assemblies are part of a planned framework which follows a thematic approach.
    • Assemblies are broadly Christian in nature.
    • Some are KS assemblies.
    • Some are Year Group assemblies.
    • Some may be individual class assemblies.
    • An act of collective worship takes place each day.

    The key elements of Assemblies and Acts of Collective

    Worship

    • To help our children to develop a “sense of awe and wonder” at the world around the
    • To help our children to develop a broad understanding of their immediate and wider world and the people and other living creatures that inhabit it
    • To offer our children a spiritual dimension to their lives and personal relationships
    • To provide regular time and opportunity for reflection and to enable children to move from what is of immediate but passing concern to the broader and more lasting concerns of life
    • To provide time and opportunity for thanksgiving and to enjoy the unity which derives from sharing love, joy, hope friendship, acceptance, anguish, fear and forgiveness
    • To develop awareness of and a concern for the needs of others as well as personal needs
    • To help the children to develop a sense of personal and collective responsibility
    • To develop an awareness that the needs and desires of the individual must sometimes be sacrificed in the interest of the majority
    • To provide time to share our experiences
    • To help children to develop common standards and values such as self-discipline and respect for others
    • To give children experience of being active members of a caring community by fostering an atmosphere of love, security and kindness

    Organisation of Assemblies and Acts of Collective Worship

    Monday
    Separate assemblies taken by the headteacher or by a senior member of staff.
    EY                Flexible timing
    KS1             9.10
    KS2              9.45

    Tuesday
    Key Stage hymn practice with an act of collective worship. The children are taught to reflect upon the meaning of each song.
    EY                Flexible timing
    KS1              9.10
    KS2              9.45

    Wednesday
    Separate assemblies taken by a member of staff.
    EY/KS1          9.10
    KS2              9.45

    Thursday
    Class based or Year Group assemblies.
    EY                Flexible timing
    KS1              9.10
    KS2              9.45

    Friday
    Separate Key Stage assemblies taken by the headteacher, deputy headteacher and/or a senior member of staff. These are “celebration” assemblies in which we celebrate achievement and news and information are exchanged.
    EY/KS1          9.15
    KS2              1.10

    Planning for Assemblies and Acts of Collective

    Worship

    • Assemblies are planned within the framework of a whole school theme.
    • Rotas of staff leading assemblies are created during the previous term/half term thereby giving all colleagues time to prepare.
    • All colleagues plan on an agreed planning proformas.
    • All assemblies are broadly Christian in approach.
    • A prayer is included in the initial planning. It is acceptable for another colleague or a child to lead this act of collective worship.

    Children

    Our assemblies are planned as part of a valuable learning experience for all of our children. They are promoted as a valuable part of the day which enables us to promote collective responsibility within a planned framework for collective worship.

    Themes and practice

    • The themes we follow are broadly Christian in content.
    • We aim to make each assembly a quality experience.
    • Carefully chosen music from a range of cultures is played as the children enter and leave the hall. This is changed each week and the children are encouraged to listen and respond.
    • There is always a carefully chosen hymn in each assembly with, where appropriate, a message relevant to the theme.
    • There is an act of Collective Worship in each assembly. Our School Prayer is used once a week in Friday celebration assemblies.

    Parental right of withdrawal from Assemblies/Acts of Collective Worship

    • All parents have the right to withdraw their children from an act of collective worship.
    • Some children attend assemblies but leave the hall briefly during the act of collective worship.
    • Some do not attend assemblies if the content of the assembly is in tension with their beliefs.
    • All colleagues have a responsibility to arrange alternative learning activities for any child who does not attend an assembly.
    • A register of all children who do not attend/withdraw from collective worship exists in school.

    Revised February 2012