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Assembly is held every day in our school, mostly with the whole school gathered together in the hall but sometimes for each class in their own classroom. This daily act of collective worship involves all members of the school coming together and participating in an assembly, by listening respectfully and joining in with songs, activities and prayers if they feel they would like to do so. In line with the 1988 Education Reform Act, which states that collective worship should be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’, as a Church of England School, we base our assemblies on the teachings of Jesus and the traditions of the Christian Church. However, we conduct our assemblies in a manner that is sensitive to the individual faith and beliefs of all members of the school. For example, children are invited to join in with prayers by responding with ‘Amen’ at the end but we respect the fact that some children may not wish to do this. However all children are expected to respect the faith of others by sitting quietly.

The head teacher or other members of staff normally lead assemblies, but sometimes local clergy or other representatives of local religious groups conduct them instead.

Each term we plan in outline the themes for the term ahead, and this includes key aspects of the festivals and events of the Christian calendar. Sometimes the themes of our assemblies reflect and build on topics that we teach as part of the school curriculum particularly in PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning).

Assemblies also play an important part in promoting the ethos of the school, which is that all children are valued and all achievements are recognised. Therefore assemblies may sometimes relate directly to events in the life of the school. Our assemblies reflect the achievements and learning of the children. We encourage the children to participate in assemblies by showing their work to the other children and raising issues that they have discussed in their classes.

Collective Worship Policy