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Worship Policy



Mission Statement

Blue Coat School is a welcoming, caring School, inspiring a Christian ethos. We value each individual and learn together to achieve our full potential.


Aims and Objectives

Worship in Blue Coat Church of England Junior School reflects both the Trust Deed and its Anglican Foundation. The school provides collective worship which reflects the traditions of the Church of England. At Blue Coat School collective worship is regarded as an integral part of the corporate life of the school and as making a major contribution to the school’s Christian ethos. Collective Worship is also part of the educational process.

We believe that collective worship provides opportunities to:

  • Celebrate and express those Christian beliefs and values which bind all within the school community
  • Highlight and nurture the spiritual dimension through experience of worship
  • Enable children to appreciate their worth and value
  • Foster a sense of awe and wonder at creation
  • Celebrate and give thanks and encourage respect and care for God’s world
  • Encourage the development of a sensitive attitude towards other people’s deep convictions and towards their own ability to think about questions of belief and value
  • Encourage an understanding of prayer and reflection
  • Develop a sense of community both within and outside school
  • Respect the integrity of all participants
  • Respond through active involvement in the presentation of worship or through listening to and joining in the worship offered
  • Introduce pupils to the worship of the Church of England and gain in knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith
  • Celebrate achievements, special occasions and special events in relation to individual pupils within the school, to the school as a whole or to the wider community
  • Allow children to appreciate the use of symbolism and religious language to express feelings and belief
  • Develop the ability to reflect on moral and social issues
  • Celebrate values and attitudes shared with members of other faith communities


Teaching and Learning Styles

At Blue Coat School there is an integral partnership between the content and conduct of school collective worship and the ethos of the school. The staff and pupils share together in worship in order to support the promotion of Christian values.

Our worship allows children to see themselves as being unique and special individuals. Such an understanding encourages children to relate with each other in a supportive manner.

School collective worship takes place in a range of styles and settings and children will experience whole school, class and year group acts of worship taken by various members of the staff and visitors.

Worship will include Bible readings, drama, prayers, hymns, celebrations of the Church’s festivals and time for reflections. The school also includes stories and prayers from other faiths, drawing on the depth and variety of human culture and faith, whilst remaining within the framework of the school’s Anglican heritage.

The school is committed to providing acts of worship which encourage the children to reflect upon the worth of people, objects, places and events, both in contemporary life and from history.


At Blue Coat School we believe that collective worship is an important part of every child’s Spiritual development therefore every child has the right to participate.



Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship, however, it is made clear to parents before their child attends the school that Blue Coat School is a Church of England school and that worship will follow the teachings of the Church and makes a valuable contribution to the life of the school.

Withdrawal does not guarantee exclusion from the religious character of the school and the Governors hope that in choosing a church school, parents are hereby committing themselves to their child’s participation in the religious life of the school.

Every effort will be made to ensure all children participate in collective worship.

Children who are withdrawn from worship will be supervised and given appropriate work.


The contribution of Collective Worship to Spiritual development

Collective Worship contributes to spiritual development by:

  • Celebrating all that is good and expressing thankfulness for the joy of being alive
  • Providing an opportunity to reflect on experience and to search for meaning in that experience
  • Stimulating a sense of awe and wonder
  • Providing time for reflection and exploration of inner space
  • Helping to value a non-materialistic dimension to life


The contribution of Collective Worship to Social, Moral and Cultural development

Collective Worship contributes to Moral, Social and Cultural development by:

  • Promoting an understanding of the difference between right and wrong
  • Promoting respect for people and property
  • Helping pupils to appreciate how their actions can affect others
  • Providing the opportunity to celebrate together
  • Celebrating our own and others’ religious and cultural traditions


Special Educational Needs

Collective Worship is totally inclusive. All ages and abilities are provided for in planning and delivery of collective worship.


Assessment and Recording

The acts of worship will be evaluated by - the Headteacher, co-ordinator, staff and governors on a termly basis.

Worship will be monitored to ensure that:

  • Agreed and planned content is being covered
  • A variety of approaches and methodology are used
  • High standards and quality are maintained
  • Staff have been well supported by the worship team
  • Worship has been led by a variety of leaders


Visiting Speakers and Community Links

Visitors bring different perspectives into the school and they can participate by:

  • Leading the worship
  • Introducing their charity work
  • Providing a personal viewpoint on faith and life issues
  • Linking the school to the community

Visiting speakers are encouraged to lead worship, if appropriate.

Speakers are made aware of the school policy on collective worship, arrangements agreed with the Headteacher and the content agreed.

Visitors will therefore know the parameters in which they can work and know what exactly is required of them. These may include:

  • The theme of the week
  • Freedom with the format of worship
  • Attendance at a previous act of worship
  • A brief on ages and background of pupils
  • Duration of time of worship
  • Equipment and resources available


Links are continuing with St Godric’s Primary School in order for the children to share their experiences of attending a Church school and to enable them to lead worship together in both schools.

Each term a Eucharist service takes place in school. Parents and members of the community are invited. Children from various year groups are involved in leading the service.



Books, resource material, candles, cross, prayer books and hymn books are available to anyone leading worship. These resources are kept in the Head teacher’s office.                     .

Music and words may be copied in accordance with the Christian Copyright Licence which is displayed in the school office.


The school visits All Saints Church at Harvest, Christmas, Easter, for a Leavers’ Service and other special occasions.  Children, staff, governors and clergy prepare these services. Year 6 children attend the Leavers’ Service in Durham Cathedral to share worship with other Diocesan Schools; this is led by the Board of Education.

Other resources may be obtained with the agreement of the co-ordinator.




Equal Opportunities

Our school worship is about sharing what is meaningful and significant in our lives.

It is about sharing common concerns and responsibilities and developing positive attitudes and values.

It is about affirming the quality of each individual in God’s sight, whatever a child’s gender, ethnicity, physical or mental ability.


Time Allocation

The timing and organisation of collective worship can be flexible – it may take place at any time of the school day but it cannot be designated as teaching time. Collective worship is usually a single act of worship for all pupils although it can be an act of worship for separate groups. It always reflects the broad traditions of Christian belief and is wholly Christian in character.



The children are expected to come into the hall quietly. Music is used to help create a reflective atmosphere.  A candle is lit and there may be other objects to act as a focus for the children.  As the candle is lit the children say together “Jesus is the light of the world”.

There will be times when the worship is quiet, contemplative and serene and at other times it will involve loud music, laughter and dance. A balanced programme will provide a varied format of prayers, readings, songs, drama and other activities as well as drawing on the wealth of liturgical material which is part of the Christian tradition of worship. The Bible is used as a source book for inspiration and learning.

A clear end to the time for worship is indicated by the worship candle being extinguished. The leader says ‘Peace Be With You’ and all respond ‘And Also With You’. Any ‘assembly’ notices or announcements are kept separate from worship.

Prayers are also said in classrooms at the end of the day.



  • Story: from Christianity – from other faith traditions – novels – storybooks – children’s fiction – biographies – true life
  • Music: - song – traditional, hymns, carols, chants, folksongs, children’s songs

                         Recorded music – anything and everything

                         Performance – as accompaniment – ‘recital’

  • Drama, dance, prepared and improvised
  • Film, video, radio
  • Art, slides, picture, sculpture
  • Prayer - formal, traditional, - Lord’s Prayer, graces, collects, Celtic, other school/pupil prayers

                          Silence, meditation, reflection

                          Developing the skill of inwardness

  • Pupil involvement – taking a lead/musical/drama and role play


Organisation and Management

The governors of Blue Coat School, in consultation with the Headteacher, are responsible for collective worship. Worship is co-ordinated and planned by Mrs Donna Donaghy and is led by members of staff, clergy and visiting leaders. There is a worship team which discusses planning, resourcing and development of worship and evaluates acts of worship.

Worship takes place in school every day and in church on special occasions.  

There is a Eucharist service once a term in school led by the vicar of All Saints Church.                 .

The children are encouraged to lead and participate in worship. This can include leading the prayers, drama, dance, or leading the whole worship.

The clergy of All Saints lead worship once a week.

Representatives of outside agencies are often invited to lead worship as are members of other churches to ensure ecumenism.


Planning and Record Keeping

The planning sheet is completed half-termly by the co-ordinator.

The themes used are linked with the curriculum wherever possible and take into account the church calendar and changing seasons.

Records are kept of all acts of worship and comments recorded to evaluate the worship.

The worship co-ordinator meets regularly with the Special Interest Governor for worship and members of clergy where appropriate.

Feedback for evaluation is provided by pupils, staff, parents and clergy.

Planning sheets are held in a file in the Headteacher’s office.



Training is provided for staff and governors from a number of providers including: LEA, Diocese, National Society.