Collective Worship




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Collective Worship

“We like the fact the children have regular worships and family worships which we are able to attend.” Parent quote Dec 2014

It is a statutory requirement for all schools to hold an act of collective worship, broadly Christian in nature, each day. Worship is integral to the life and ethos of our schools and is led by staff with contributions from pupils, visitors and from our vicars. Our Collective Worship is carefully planned to ensure compliance with our trust deeds, and we also make explicit links to our Churches (St Matthews at Netley Marsh, St Mary’s at Copythorne and St Michael and All Angels at Lyndhurst). Our vicars visit our schools each week to lead worship.

All parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship. Our worship is inclusive, rooted in the Christian faith, but accessible to all members of the school community, whatever their religious background or stage of development.

Families and siblings are welcome to attend our ‘Family Worship’ in the Church and dates and times are on the school calendar and in the newsletter. Parents are also welcome to join us at any Worship, please ask your child’s class teacher for times as these vary.

We encourage prayer and reflection each day, at lunchtime and on other important occasions. All children are invited to take part. These are opportunities for all members of the school community to take time to reflect on a Christian value and to develop their spiritual awareness. Reflection and areas for prayer are also available in classes for children, visitors and staff. These areas are marked using our prayer trees. In addition, we have ensured that our class worship baskets are mobile so that children can set up areas in other quiet parts of the school and classroom if they so wish.

We regularly review our Worships with the children both formally and informally and we welcome their views and ideas. The links below show what we discovered most recently at Netley Marsh. Keep looking back here for updates on the changes we make, or ask our Heads of Learning when you see them in the mornings on the gates or at the doors.


Children’s worship views

Children’s worship improvement

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