Christian Distinctiveness

​​​​​Collective Worship at St Mary's  

Collective Worship at our school aims to be Inclusive, Invitational, and Inspiring. 

Collective worship in community schools is grounded in the historical past and enshrined in educational law to be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’

In Church schools the requirement instead to reflect the Anglican status of the school as expressed in its trust deed liberates those leading collective worship to build on the rich, lived diversity of Anglican tradition and identity. In the same way as worship in churches is aspirational, constantly evolving and being re-imagined there is an expectation of a continuous, dynamic reimagining of what Collective Worship means in the Church school.  


Collective worship gives pupils and school staff the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an act of community
  • Express praise and thanksgiving to God
  • Be still and reflect in a world which is fast past and ever-changing
  • 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 our Christian values and attitudes
  • Share and show compassion for each other's successes and challenges
  • Celebrate special times in the world religions calendar

Please find links from the Diocese of Guildford regarding Collective Worship in Church of England schools:

Guidance for Collective Worship in Church schools

Collective Worship Guidelines 

Resources we use with our pupils:

Each month at St Mary's, we focus on one of our Christian Values. Click on the links below to find      out what we have been discussing as a whole school community during Collective Worship.