The School Collective Worship Policy reflects and reinforces the Academy’s aims and ethos. At Ark Burlington Danes Academy, we believe that everyone deserves to be accepted, included and empowered to live a life that is purposeful and fulfilling. Through learning to our fullest potential and living a life filled with kindness and thankfulness, we can be the ones to make the world a better place. It will demonstrate the partnership between the conduct and content of school worship and the ethos of the whole school based on Christian values of courage, resilience, faith, leadership, love, care for the community and commitment.
At Ark Burlington Danes Academy we consider Collective worship to be a significant educational activity that both reflects and explores the schools distinctive Christian character and contributes to the academic achievement, personal development and wellbeing of all learners. Therefore Collective Worship at Ark Burlington Danes Academy is planned to:
- Offers the opportunity, without compulsion, to all pupils and adults to grow spiritually through experiences of prayer, stillness, worship and reflection
- Enables all pupils and adults to appreciate that Christians worship in different ways, for example using music, silence, story, prayer, reflection, the varied liturgical and other traditions of Anglican/Methodist worship, festivals and, where appropriate, the Eucharist.
- Helps pupils and adults to appreciate the relevance of faith in today’s world, to encounter the teachings of Jesus and the Bible and to develop their understanding of the Christian belief in the Trinitarian nature of God and its language.
- Enables pupils as well as adults to engage in the planning, leading and evaluation of collective worship in ways that lead to improving practice. Leaders of worship, including clergy, have access to regular training.
- Aims to encourages local church community partnerships to support the school effectively in developing its provision for collective worship.
Collective worship should be an experience that does not offend the integrity of the non-religious or those of different faith. The positive educational outcomes of Collective Worship at Ark Burlington Danes Academy include opportunities for:
- the whole community to celebrate
- sharing and experiencing differences
- developing a culture of learning
- building a sense of group identity
- encouraging a sense of personal and social responsibility
- learning how to behave in a large social group
- exploring feelings and emotions
- learning how to perform in front of an audience
- learning how to respond to a performance
- making visible the school’s leadership
- developing inner awareness
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