We hold daily acts of Collective Worship at Welton St Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy. It is an important part of our school day; a time for the school community to gather together, to share common values and to develop a sense of awe and wonder. Our Collective Worships reflect the traditions found in the Church of England and recognises, and follows, the Christian liturgical year.

In church schools, Collective Worship is planned to be Inclusive, Inspirational and Invitational.


A time where all children and adults, of all faiths and of none, can feel welcomed and be present with integrity to participate actively or reflectively.


A time of the day when the school community can think about the ‘big questions’ in our lives; a time to support spiritual development, an opportunity to reflect individually and together and to consider our actions, thoughts and feelings that might inspire us to be courageous advocates and agents of positive change in the world around us.


Anyone in our Collective worship, children and adults alike, are invited to reflect, pray or think and it is each individual’s choice how they respond.


Our worship consists of 4 stages:

Gather: we welcome the school community to our worship with music, through singing, liturgy and lighting the three candles to welcome God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit into our school, reflecting the Trinitarian nature of our worship;

Engage: we share a Bible reading and an activity to engage pupils and adults with the Christian message;

Respond: pupils and adults are invited to discuss, share, reflect, pray or sing;

Send: we share the message of the worship again and ask pupils and staff to consider how this will affect their day, learning and behaviour.

We close with a final prayer.

Our Collective Worships are led by our Headteacher, teaching staff, children, the clergy of Welton St Mary’s Church and visitors from other denominations.

We also attend church at certain times of the liturgical calendar. To learn more about these services click the links below.

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Collective Worship is a legal requirement, in accordance with the Education Reform Act of 1988.

Parents may, if they wish, withdraw their children from the arrangements for worship. Any such requests should be made in writing to the Headteacher.

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Our children and staff value Collective Worship time as a time of calm and reflection; a time of togetherness and belonging to our school community.

This is what some of our staff and children had to say about our Collective Worship time