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Collective Worship at Shrivenham


At Shrivenham CE Primary School, daily acts of collective worship are a key part of our vision of 'all things are possible for one who believes.' Collective worship is at the heart of our school, allowing children time to reflect on our school vision and associated values, Christian values and world issues by considering bible stories, other stories, music and film, and how these relate to their own life and experience. While collective worship is distinctively Christian in nature, it allows children and staff the opportunity to consider similarities around morals, stories and traditions from other religions, as well as giving freedom, within both prayer and reflection times, to worship in their own ways.


Collective worship is a key part of our day, as we join together to worship, reflect, think, sing and celebrate. Children follow a routine of prayer and reflection throughout the day, including lunchtime and at the end of the day.

Collective worships are led by the Executive Headteacher, Head of School, teachers, representatives from the church, and the children themselves. The worship is always invitational and inspiring.

Collective worships share a number of key features:

  • The lighting of a candle, with focusing phrases
  • A representation of the Holy Trinity (whether as a candle with three wicks or a bible/cross/candle in class collective worship)
  • A link to biblical texts
  • A moment of calm and reflection
  • An invitational prayer
  • Singing
  • Age-appropriate stories


Collective worships generally follow this timetable:

Monday- Values Worship led by the Executive Headteacher or Head of School
Tuesday- Diversity Worship led by staff sharing values and biblical teaching through picture books
Wednesday- Community Worship led by the RE lead and supported by St Andrew's Church
Thursday- Musical Worship led by the Music lead
Friday- Celebration Worship led by the Executive Head or Head of School 


Collective Worship Policy