The daily act of collective worship plays a central part in the life of Beresford Memorial School Leek and is a means by which the school’s Christian vision and values are expressed.

Our collective worship themes are firmly rooted in biblical narrative.  Worship is linked each half term to our whole school values and children are rewarded for demonstrating Christian values in their school life. A bible quote / and / or story is introduced at the beginning of each half termly worship theme and is displayed and referenced throughout.

Our whole school worship format includes a Trinitarian opening, the lighting of a three-wick candle, an Anglican greeting and a sending out all led by the school’s worship leaders.  Songs/ hymns/ reflective music are used, along with the reciting of our school vision and child led prayers.

Trust Deed and 1988 Education Act

Our daily act of collective worship is in accordance with the Trust Deed of our academy which requires worship to be consistent with the faith, principles and practices of the Church of England.

We also take into account the 1988 Education Act that states,

‘…all pupils in attendance at a maintained school shall in each school day take part in an act of collective worship’

 and that this should be,…’mainly of a broadly Christian character’

 

Our aims and organisation of worship

Monday – Whole school worship led by Head teacher (Mrs Quinn)

Tuesday  – Whole school worship led by Rev Matt Malins

Wednesday – Songs for worship* led by Deputy Head (Mr Brown) / Visitor led worship led by Abigail Ratcliffe (Children’s and Families worker South Moorlands Methodist Circuit)

Thursday – Class worship* led by class teacher

Friday – Celebration worship led by Head teacher (Mrs Quinn)

* These follow the same format as outlined above for collective worship.

Celebration worship – is a time where we gather to celebrate the children’s achievements both in and outside of school.  Teachers will identify children who have achieved one of our secrets of success. We also celebrate the class that has the most children who have walked to school that week, with the ‘Walk to school Challenge’ trophy. The achievements of our four House Teams are also celebrated.  The points that each house has accrued during the week for good behaviour and effort in their work are calculated and celebrated.  This is still regarded as an act of worship through reciting our school vision at the beginning and ending with a prayer.

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