We aim to provide the opportunity for pupils to worship God, to consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs; to encourage participation and response, whether through active involvement in the presentation of worship or through listening to and joining in the worship offered; and to develop community spirit, promote a common ethos and shared values, and reinforce positive attitudes.
At Hillsgrove there is a daily act of worship for every pupil. Typically it begins at 2.45 pm for all pupils. It is the responsibility of the Head Teacher, after consultation with the governing body to ensure this happens.
Collective worship is distinct from the assembly which can be a gathering for a wide variety of reasons. The majority of worship must be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character, meaning it should reflect the broad traditions of Christian belief. It can contain non-Christian elements or on occasions contain no Christian elements, provided that throughout each term, the majority of the worship complies with the broad traditions of Christian belief.
Worship will be appropriate to the ages, aptitudes and family backgrounds of the pupils.
The basic requirement is that there should be an act of collective worship for all registered pupils every school day. (Section 385.1 EA 1996).
There is one exception to this at Hillsgrove: parents have the right to withdraw their child(ren) from all or parts of collective worship. If you wish to do so, please contact your child's teacher directly.