Collective Worship at Withington C of E VA Primary School 

Collective Worship is central to our school day and to the development of our school as a family. It offers adults and children the opportunity to flourish by encouraging reflection, prayer and time to question.

Collective worship within our school family gives pupils and school staff the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an act of community.
  • Express praise and thanksgiving to God.
  • Be still and reflect – thus develop spiritual awareness.
  • Explore the big questions of life and respond to national events.
  • Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness.
  • Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ.
  • Affirm Christian values and attitudes.
  • Share each other's joys and challenges.
  • Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar. 

Please read our Collective Worship Policy here.

Although Christian in its foundations, we want every member of our family to feel welcomed and included in Collective Worship, therefore, as a community we agree to:

  • Begin in a reverential way (silence, a song, reflective images on show)
  • Have a visual and audio stimulus for the children to arrive into the hall which sets a worshipful, engaging, prayerful, collective, reflective tone
  • Begin with a call and response such as "Be Still..." "and know the Lord is with you." 
  • Follow by the lighting of the trinity candles: "we light these candles in the name of God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. 3 in 1 and 1 in 3 - the Trinity.
  • Have a visual resource that children can interact with on the altar.
  • Include Choral Praise (worship through song)
  • Follow the GERS structure: 

-Gathering, Engaging, Responding, Sending Out

  • End with a parting call and response : “Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord …”
  • Have children as active participants.
  • Make reference/ links to other world religions and days of National/ International significance where appropriate.
  • Be responsive/ sensitive to world events as appropriate.



Within the love of God, at Withington we serve our unique community by placing children at the heart of all that we do. Our Christian Collective Worships are often shaped by our vision to encourage everybody within our community to 'Nurture pupils and adults to flourish with God's Grace' and fulfil their unique potential through the Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self- Control.

Seasons of the Church School Year

During Collective Worship a coloured cloth, appropriate to the season of the church year is used to create a sacred space for worship.  This provides a useful guide as to which colour is used and when. Read about the Church Year here: https://www.imaginor.co.uk/church-year/

In Church of England schools, Collective Worship reflects the traditions of the Church of England and develops learners' understanding of Anglican traditions and practice.

At Withington C of E VA Primary School, we work with church leaders from across our community to plan and deliver acts of worship that are invitational, reflective and engaging.

We welcome a range of ecumenical friends to lead Collective Worship and over the course of each term, our school family is able to enjoy 'food for thought' from people of different faiths; of the Christian faith and from those of no faith. Every time we join together as a family, it is a special time of unity during which each and every member of the school is able to make personal connections with what they are presented: every member of the school is valued as intrinsically unique and special.

Collective Worship at Withington, whilst remaining wholly inclusive, aims to nourish Christians in their faith; encourage those of other faiths and challenge those of no faith.

There is plenty of flexibility in the provision of Collective Worship to enable all pupils to benefit without compromising their beliefs.

Collective Worship Policy 2024