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Collective Worship

“Collective worship is the unique heartbeat of the school and is offered as part of a wider opportunity for pupils and adults to encounter faith by engaging in conversation about God. It should be truly welcoming, inclusive and exemplify the principles of Christian hospitality.  This is an approach that seeks to meet the needs of all, wherever they may be on their journey of faith and belief.”

Collective Worship statement of Entitlement and Expectation March 2021


Our daily worship is intrinsically linked with our school’s Christian values and focuses heavily on how to live out those values in our daily lives.  We celebrate and consider significant events, festivals and faith days in a fully inclusive way. At St Mary’s School, collective worship is: 

  • Invitational, offering everyone the opportunity to engage in the act of worship, whilst allowing the freedom for those of other faiths and none to be present with integrity. 
  • Inspiring and creative, impacting the whole community and motivating them into action to be courageous advocates 
  •  Inclusive, where all are welcomed, have a voice and are listened to 
  • The heartbeat which breathes life into our daily lives 

Worship is highly engaging and interactive.  Pupils are actively involved in the planning and delivery of worship.  As part of our continued desire to improve, staff receive training and support to ensure high quality provision which is monitored and feedback provided as part of our improvement cycle.  Visits to a wide range of churches and visitors into school ensure our children are engaged in a wide range of worship styles.  Children attend and are actively involved in the delivery of Mass in church.

School vision: 

‘Do everything in love' 1 Corinthians 16:14
Love yourself, Love others, Love the world'




We have adopted the Windows Mirrors Doors approach which we encourage as part of our daily collective worship.


Opportunities to look out on the world to gaze and wonder: The Wow and Ows moments. The things we find amazing and bring us up short.

Encounter: The learning about life



Giving opportunities for children to reflect, to look inward to consider some of the big questions of life: To explore their own insights and those of others.

Reflection: The learning from.


Giving opportunities to children to respond, to do something to go through the door of a creative expression of their own thoughts and convictions.

Transformation: The learning to live by putting into action what they believe.