Collective Worship

Collective Worship at Old Bexley CE Primary School is inclusive, invitational and inspiring. Through our Worship we express the school's Christian vision and values.  Children learn the distinctive features of different Christian traditions in Worship; the seasons of the Church's year and Christian Festivals are celebrated annually. We are visited by members of the local clergy and the children attend special services at both St. Mary's and St. John's Churches.

Children are encouraged to create their own class prayers, share their individual prayers and join in whole school prayers. They also learn the School Prayer. 

Children are involved in Worship. They play a role in setting up for Worship, writing prayers and reading from the Bible.

Collective Worship is monitored and evaluated each term as part of our whole school improvement. We feed back our evaluations to the Governors and value feedback from visitors and pupils as it helps us to flourish as a Church school.  Recent feedback received from pupils has included:

  • "Collective Worship makes us calm and gives us time to think and reflect on all different things"
  • "Collective Worship is a special time as we all come together to learn about ourselves and God"
  • "Collective Worship means we are in the presence of God and feel closer to him"
  • "It is a time to remember that Jesus is always by our side supporting us"
  • "Collective Worship gives you ideas on how to make positive actions in your life"

Parental Withdrawal: Worship is regarded as special time which wholly reflects our ethos as a church school.  It is an inclusive opportunity for those of all faiths and none.  We respect the right of parents to withdraw their child/children from acts of collective worship on grounds of conscience.  However, as collective worship is central to our ethos, we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this decision with parents.