“inclusive, invitational, inspiring”
As a Church School, we hold a daily act of Collective Worship for our pupils where we gather, engage, respond and send. Worship is Christian in nature and has regard for the family background and the ages and aptitudes of our pupils.
Collective Worship provides the opportunity to worship God within the rich tradition of Christian prayer and worship. We aim to foster a sense of fellowship by bringing all members of our school community together each day for times of celebrating, sharing, reflecting, responding and praying in an open and sensitive climate. Individuals are invited to explore and deepen their spirituality and to respond both in their own lives and within the community.
Through Collective Worship at Freeman’s, we aim to strengthen a sense of belonging and a sharing of values, including Christian, School and British Values. In addition, we aim to stimulate the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. Through Worship, individuals will develop an understanding of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, hear and respond to the teachings of the Bible, experience prayer and prepare for their daily experiences and responsibilities with the belief that God is involved in every area of life.
Our Acts of Worship contain elements of the following:
- Consideration of, and response to, the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.
- Knowledge and appreciation of the Bible.
- Praise and prayer to God.
- Exploration of the symbolism within the Christian faith and the Anglican tradition.
- Respect and tolerance for people of all faiths, races and cultures.
- Promotion of fundamental British Values.
- Participation in hymns and songs.
- Invitations to participate and observe.
- Recognition of, and response to, the spiritual dimension of human experience.
- Ritual and ceremony, stillness and reflection.
Worship is led by a wide range of members of our teaching and leadership team with contributions also being made by the children, including our Year 6 Worship Leaders. We benefit from regular Christian visitors who lead our worship, including staff from St Barnabas Church, the CSALT team (Christian School Assembly Link Team) and the CAT team (Christian Assemblies Team). Pupils and staff are involved in evaluating the effectiveness of Worship.
Some of our Acts of Worship take place at St Barnabas Church, where parents are invited to join us as we celebrate important times in the school and Church year, including Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter.
If a parent of a pupil requests that their child be wholly or partly excused from attendance at religious worship at the school, the pupil will be excused until the request is withdrawn.