St Mary & All Saints CE Primary School About Us

Collective Worship

Collective worship is a central part of the school day for both children and staff. It is an opportunity for us to gather together to worship God, to consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore our own beliefs. The children take active participation through class led worship, leading in prayer, acting, singing and supporting worship. Our worship has a distinctively Christian theme and we develop a theme across the term with the children. We select themes based on the needs of our school and members of our community.

Collective worship is the heartbeat of our school and therefore it is a very special time of the time. The week starts with collective worship on a Monday morning and ends with collective worship on a Friday afternoon.

We have 6 themes throughout the year which are our 6 Christian values. These are to earn Trust, show Respect, demonstrate Love, express Appreciation, be Compassionate and to always Persevere.

During celebration worship on Friday afternoons we ensure the achievements of the children are celebrated. There are a number of ways that we recognise our children through SMAS Smilies, Good work, Penmanship Licenses, Attendance awards and SMAS Saints.

Children talk very positively about collective worship and enjoy this special time of day when we meet as a big school family. Collective worship is regularly monitored by staff, governors and children.

To mark the special times in the Christian calendar, the children take part in celebration services to celebrate harvest, to commemorate Remembrance, through carols, Ash Wednesday, Mother’s Day, the Easter celebration service and the leavers' service. The children take an active part in the services and the local church lead and support in these celebrations. The children also take part in a joint Christingle service with the children from All Saints Infants school at All Saints Church every year.

Our Collective Worship is regularly enhanced by a wide range of visitors but some of our regulars include Steve Scrivener from Coley Baptist Church which is adjacent to the school and Javeed the Imam at the Oxford Road Mosque. We also invite specific visitors into talk about particular topics such as Pilgrimage. We also make good use of our multicultural and multi-faith school community to enrich our collective worship.

Please see our Collective worship policy below for further details.

During each week, our children engage in a daily act of worship.


Whole school worship at 9am led by Miss Butler or a senior leader


Whole school praise and worship led by our music leader at 2.30pm


In class, key stage worship or visitors


Whole school worship led by the vicar at 9am


Whole school celebration worship at 2.30pm

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