Bringing Learning to Life

Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy

Collective Worship

 

The school aims to preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England.  Whitefriars aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.  It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

 

The 1988 Education Reform Act requires that there be a daily act of collective worship for all pupils, which is of a wholly or mainly broadly Christian character. Collective worship usually takes place each day.  Pupils are grouped in various ways - as a whole school, in Key Stages and sometimes in year or class groups. 

 

As a rule, the act of worship usually takes place in one of the school halls but on certain occasions it can be held in other locations. An example of this is when our children, staff, parents and friends are invited to Lynn Minster and All Saints' churches to take part in special acts of worship. The worship is usually led by the Head Teacher and other teachers and there is also a weekly rota of visiting speakers from churches in the local community. 'Values for Life' are used as themes with the theme changing each half term. The timetable for these themes can be seen below:

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring

1

Spring

 2

Summer 1

Summer

2

2015/16

Thankfulness

Compassion

Friendship

Hope

Truthfulness

Humility

2016/17

Generosity

Respect and Reverence

 

Perseverance

Wisdom

Service

2017/18

Responsibility

Courage

Creativity

Peace

Forgiveness

Trust

 

Parents can exercise the right for their children’s withdrawal from worship on religious grounds.