Worship in our school
We aim that Collective Worship promotes and supports achievement
and growth in five aspects of pupils’ religious learning. These are:
Through the above, we aim to help children to:
The Theological Basis of Collective Worship
Our worship carries a flavour of the parish church and reflects wider Anglican traditions through the use of liturgical language, colours and seasonal worship songs.
Through use of the seasons of the Church’s year and our Christian Values the children experience a broad understanding of Christian beliefs and concepts allowing them to understand God as Father (harvest, creation, parenthood); God as Son (Christmas, Lent, Easter, parables and teachings); and God as Holy Spirit (Pentecost, the early Church, the lives of the saints).
The Bible is used to inform and direct our collective worship. Through careful planning, children are introduced to a range of stories from the New Testament and Old Testament. Age-appropriate Bibles are used to enrich stories and children often read aloud to the whole school.
Withdrawal from collective worship
While St Thomas’ is a Church of England school, we are committed to respecting individual beliefs. Upon entrance to the school, parents/ carers are made aware of the Christian basis of our teaching. It is therefore unlikely that parents/ carers would wish to exercise their legal right of withdrawal. However, should such a case arise, the parents/ carers concerned should consult the Head teacher.
We celebrate the cultural diversity of all 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.