In Church of England schools, collective worship reflects the traditions of the Church of England and develops learners’ understanding of Anglican traditions and practice.
Many schools work with the local vicar and other church members to plan and deliver acts of worship that are invitational, inclusive and inspirational. There is plenty of flexibility in the provision of collective worship to enable all pupils to benefit without compromising their beliefs.
As we are unable to join together for this year’s Leavers’ Services at the Cathedral, please click below for this year’s e-Leavers’ Service for our family of schools: ‘Our Journey Together with the Good Shepherd.’ We hope that you enjoy worshipping together in your school communities, to celebrate in particular with the children who will be leaving at the end of this academic year.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to and supported the production of this year’s service.
Please note that schools can still access the private page of this website for more information and support materials.
Here is the link to the Leavers Service via iSingPop Vimeo:
For more information about Collective Worship in C of E Schools, please visit: Church of England RE and Collective Worship
In May 2021 , the Church of England Central Office released official guidance for collective worship in church schools. To read the complete document go to:
The Education Team at the Diocese of Gloucester, in conjunction with the Board of Education and partners from other Dioceses, have recently updated model policies for Collective Worship and Religious Education. Please find these below. To compliment the Collective Worship policy we have also provided a range of supporting guidance material which include planning and evaluation templates, suggestions for supporting visitors who lead collective worship in your school and a review of resources for Collective Worship carried out by one of our headteachers. If you have any questions about these policies, please feel free to contact Debbie Helme at
Worship Workshop is an exciting free on-line resource for schools. It has been developed by the National Society, the Liturgical Commission and the Royal School of Church Music to help staff and pupils create acts of worship. The website was developed with the help and support of staff and pupils from a number of schools, including Cranham C of E Primary School, Gloucester.
To help schools create acts of worship the website contains:
- A song bank of 100 traditional and contemporary songs and hymns, with music, echo tracks, downloadable words and musical scores
- A clear, liturgical framework with the flexibility for developing worship around texts and themes, including values
- Carefully selected texts from the Bible and Common Worship and New Patterns of Worship
- Suggestions for using the texts in a way which will engage the interest of pupils
- Ideas for prayers, litanies, intercessions and collects
- A seasons and values index to make patterns and to slot in stories and other material to accompany specific themes and values
- And much, much more!
The website is available at: www.worshipworkshop.org.uk.