Collective Worship

The staff and governors of Frieth Church of England Combined School aim to help children in the school to develop as thoughtful, caring and honest members of the school and wider communities. As a Church of England school, we believe that learning about the Christian faith and being involved in Christian worship can play a significant part in achieving this aim. We therefore give a high priority to collective worship in the school, alongside RE and other opportunities to learn about the beliefs and practice of Christianity.

Our Collective Worship generally takes place within an assembly and reflects the diverse religious backgrounds of children in our school and wider community, some of whom are regular church goers, while others are members of other religions, or none. Collective Worship provides our children with an opportunity to learn about and praise God, to think about how we respect and show worth to ourselves, to others and to God. It is participatory and reflective, providing a different focus from the other parts of the learning experience and school day. In general, our Collective Worship is based on our values, or on Bible stories and teaching, as they relate to the world today. It reflects the special place accorded to Jesus Christ in the Christian faith.

Classes will also start and end the day with a prayer, often written by the children.


Pupil Led Worship
All children in the school have opportunities to lead assemblies and collective worship. Children can come forward with topics they wish to share, which are always linked to our values, or to religious events. Sometimes children lead worship alone, sometimes in a group, or as a whole class. 
The year 6 pupils lead regular whole school collective worship as part of the weekly 'Special Mentions' assembly, as well as by often leading the Bible readings and prayers for main collective worship. They are also responsible for organising, planning, writing and leading our 5 Key Church services each year: The Welcome Service; Harvest, Christmas, Easter/Lent. and the Leavers' service. In November, they lead much of the Remembrance Day Worship in the school hall. 
In every classroom there is a prayer corner, display or area. The children use the resources to lead prayer and class collective worship each week. Each class has also written prayers and collects that link to biblical narratives and the school values. These are kept in a book in the classroom for child initiated prayer and reflection. 

Structure for Worship

A varied style of provision is maintained each week at Frieth School. Worship will normally take place as follows: 

Monday 10.00 a.m.  - Whole school Collective Worship led by one of several local Church ministers.

Tuesday 10.00 a.m.  – Whole School Collective Worship based on school values and led by the Headteacher.

Wednesday 10.00 a.m.  - Phase Collective Worship led by Senior Leaders, phase staff or children.  

Thursday 10.00 a.m.  - Class based Collective Worship led by children.

Friday  10.00 a.m.   -  Special Mentions Assembly led by Year 6 children, or Class led assemblies.


Taking part in Marlow Church Schools 'Praise in the Park'
Click on the links below to see one of our assemblies led by our Year 6 children. Please note you will need to sign in to your Google account to gain permission to view this.