Collective worship is a highly valued and set apart time in the school day and week, where the whole school community can gather together in a time that is honouring and worthy to God.

Church school worship provides everyone with the opportunity to: 

  • express praise and thanksgiving to God 
  • reflect on the attributes of God
  • reflect on the teachings of Christ
  • affirm Christian values and attitudes
  • share each other’s joys and challenges
  • celebrate special times in the Christian calendar
  • foster respect and unity deepen spiritual awareness 

At Arnesby Church of England School there is a daily act of collective worship. Staff are expected to attend and deliver worship and are timetabled to lead worship throughout the year. 

There is a carefully mapped out worship plan for the whole year that links to our ethos and values, significant times in the Christian calendar and builds in time to reflect on Big Questions, Our worship celebrates difference and encourages respect and dignity. It raises aspirations. Worship engages creatively with the school’s Christian vision and associated values showing respect for and giving dignity to all wherever they may be on their spiritual journey. 

Pupils are able to use personal reflection across many areas of the curriculum. They are encouraged to explore some of the puzzling things that they see around them, for example in news stories. Praying together as a school is important especially in difficult times, for example when a member of staff died recently, and also at regular set times in the school day. The school has a clear and secure understanding of spiritual development that is distinguishable from social, 9 moral and cultural development and is shared by staff. Progressively deeper opportunities exist across the curriculum which enable pupils to develop curiosity through questioning that helps them explore and articulate spiritual and ethical issues. Pupils value learning and enjoy questioning, listening and responding creatively across a range of subjects.

For the CofE’s Statement of Entitlement and Expectation for Collective Worship, May 2021: Statement of Entitlement and Entitlement for Collective Worship


As a school community we value the importance of prayer. When we recite our prayers together we become united.
As a Church of England School prayer is crucial to help us reflect and make us feel closer to God as we can concentrate on being thankful.

Our school prayer is:

Dear God,

Thank you for another happy day at school.

Thank you for the new lessons we have learnt and the games we have played. 

May we come back tomorrow, ready for another exciting day.