11. Collective Worship

The daily act of collective worship at St Peter’s plays a central role in our life and work. It provides us with valuable opportunities to reaffirm our Christian values and ethos, strengthen our sense of community, belonging and inclusiveness and reinforce the respect and care we have for each other. 
Through collective worship we help our children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith as well as contributing to their religious, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We want all our children to ‘enjoy and achieve’ and collective worship provides a valuable vehicle for this. 
The whole school meets together for worship on three days a week.  One day a week we hold a choral celebration and on one day we meet in key stages to allow us to focus on particular issues relevant to each age group.  We plan a series of themes upon which our worship is based and the majority of our assemblies are broadly Christian in character whilst recognising the insights provided by other principle religions and life stances.
Each Friday we hold our act of worship in the Methodist Church next to the school. These are often led by regular visiting speakers from a wide variety of local churches and church youth groups. At the end, we celebrate individual successes with certificates which are presented to children for a wide range of achievements. 
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Collective Worship.  Children withdrawn from worship will be supervised by a member of staff