At Deddington CE Primary School, our daily act of Collective Worship is an important part of the day when we gather as a school community to reflect, think and pray. It is a time when we think about our School Values and promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children.
The 1988 Education Reform Act states that Collective Worship should be part of a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and society. In line with legal requirements we provide a daily act of Collective Worship for all registered pupils. However, we recognise that parents have legal right to withdraw their children from the Daily Act of Worship; a parent wishing to do so will need to make a written request to the Headteacher.
Collective Worship is led by a range of people during the week. Worship can take place as a whole school, a Key Stages or phase, or as a class. Children play an active part in collective worship through interactive worship, pupil-led worship, as well as though the pupil worship planning and evaluating group. Families are always invited to attend any of our collective worship services in Church as well as our weekly Friday Celebration Assembly where children's achievements are celebrated as a whole school community. As a school we have strong links with St Peter and Paul’s Church in Deddington. Reverend Annie plays an active role in the life of the school; she leads collective worship weekly, as well as supporting our Religious Education teaching and being a School Governor.
Our whole school community visit the church at various times of the year, including Harvest, Christmas, Easter and our end of year Leaver’s Service. We welcome our families and the wider community to these services.