In accordance with our Trust Deed and with statutory requirements, we have a daily act of collective worship that takes place in the school or, on special occasions, in the church. All schools are required to have a daily act of collective worship and in our school that worship is Christian.
Collective worship is placed at the centre of the school’s daily life. Worship is organised on a whole school basis and led by clergy, staff, visitors and the pupils themselves. The process of worship takes place through a variety of media, song, story, drama, art, music and poetry. It takes place through class assemblies as well as adult-led worship time. There are occasions every week where our parish priest will lead worship using material from the Church of England’s services. We hope to create an atmosphere in which children and adults are invited to explore issues for themselves, reflect upon and learn from their own experiences and the experiences of others, develop sensitivity and a sense of wonder and awe about the world of which they are part.
We do not require or pressure children to become worshipping Christians or to take part in any activity that will compromise their own family’s faith or religious or secular belief. The spiritual, social, cultural and moral welfare of all pupils whatever their background is of prime concern to us as a school. However, Christian values are built into our ethos and teaching and are reflected in the cycle of the themes which our daily acts of worship are based. A copy of this cycle is available to all parents upon request.
All staff and pupils are invited to take part in collective worship. Although we serve the children and families of our local community, regardless of their religious background, we ask that all attending our school accept and promote our Christian ethos. Parents have the right to withdraw children from assembly, although by choosing us as a Church of England School, we would hope that parents would fully support their child’s inclusion in the whole life of the school. To withdraw your child from either RE or Collective Worship, please make an appointment to meet with the Headteacher; you may either send a written request by letter or an e-mail addressed to the Headteacher or call at the School Office.
For more information please see the document link below for information about what is expected of Church of England Schools and how they are inspected: Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools
Our School Prayer
Help us to do the things we should,
To be to others, kind and good,
In our work and in our play,
To grow more thoughtful every day.
Our church is a Church of England church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, in Philbeach Gardens. It was built in 1884-7 by the architect Hugh Roumieu Gough. The exterior is in red and black brick. The characteristic green copper roof was added in 1949 following severe bomb damage to the original slate roof. Father Paul Bagott is the Parish Priest and is a governor of our school.
As a church school we are also linked to the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS).
Follow this link to our church website: http://www.saintcuthbert.org/