RE and Collective Worship
The DfE circular 1/94 guidance on collective worship explains ... that collective worship in schools without a designated religious character will be "wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian nature".
At Sywell Church of England (VA) children participate in Collective Worship every day. This takes different forms – class times, year group times, whole school. This mostly takes place in the hall but some Collective Worship takes place in classrooms. Our Collective Worship centres round our school values and is ‘broadly Christian’. All children are encouraged to reflect and be still during this time. World religions and beliefs are explored and we celebrate festivals and special occasions from both Britain and around the world.
Visitors are often invited to lead Collective Worship. Children are encouraged to reflect on the stories that they are told. Staff and visitors explain beliefs by using specific language such as ‘Christians believe...’, ‘In my religion I believe...’
Sywell Church of England Primary School has a school prayer/reflection statement. The purpose of this is so that the children feel they ‘belong’ and can collectively celebrate.
Parent/carers may withdraw their child from Collective Worship. Please put this request in writing to the Head Teacher.