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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 set the tone for our days. Children follow a routine of prayer and reflection through the day, with a prayer and reflection at lunchtime and at the end of the day.

Collective worships are led by the Headteacher, 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 a key Christian value
  • A moment of calm and reflection
  • An invitational prayer
  • Singing
  • Age-appropriate stories


Collective worships generally follow this timetable:

Monday- led by headteacher
Tuesday- class and Key Stage collective worship, led by staff / children
Wednesday-  'Open the Book' or 'Values Through Books'
Thursday- musical praise
Friday- celebration led by SLT and a member of clergy


Collective Worship Policy