Collective Worship

Collective worship at Sarum Academy is defined as a time when the whole school, or groups within the school meet together in order to consider and reflect on common concerns, issues and interests. It offers all pupils an opportunity to worship through engaging in relevant, meaningful experiences and provides opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Collective Worship contributes significantly to the ethos of Sarum Academy and it is our aim that it is a time when the school community can:

  • Share common aims and values
  • Celebrate achievement and special times
  • Explore together the world in which we live
  • Develop a community spirit
  • Worship God

We also intend that Collective Worship contributes to the development of the pupil as a ‘whole’ person by providing opportunities to:

  • Worship that which is considered worthy
  • Consider spiritual and moral issues
  • Explore their own beliefs
  • Develop their own spirituality
  • Reinforce positive attitudes
  • Participate and respond
  • Reflect on what it means to be human

Whole School Assembly

The Academy provides a weekly act of Collective Worship in the form of a whole school assembly involving all pupils including Sixth Form pupils.  There is a fortnightly programme of visiting speakers from local churches and church groups who lead Collective Worship.  Their involvement is encouraged so that pupils may experience a variety of worship styles and be mindful of the Academy’s strong links to the church.

Year Assembly

The Academy provides a weekly gathering of pupils by Year groups to explore issue that effect their lives directly.  There must always be a balanced between notices and pause for thought.

Friday Reflection

The Academy provides a weekly opportunity for Collective Worship in the form of Friday Reflection.  This takes place in Tutor time on a Friday.  Pupils are encouraged to keep a private Reflective Journal.

Theme for Term,  Thought for the Week

A published Thought for the Week underpins the assemblies and provides a focus for tutor work. Themes reflect Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural matters and British Values.  This is designed to encourage contemplative thought.  All stakeholders are invited to contribute to the Theme for the Week programme. Tutors lead this aspect of reflection during morning registration.

Chapel

The Chapel is an opportunity for pupils to come together to discuss faith and religion with our visiting Lay Chaplain.

Christmas and Easter Festivals

The Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter will be marked by whole Academy gatherings.

Christmas Carol Concert

An opportunity to celebrate Christian festival of Christmas.

Salisbury Cathedral Visit

An opportunity for pupils in Year X to visit Salisbury Cathedral.

Annual Awards Evening

An opportunity to celebrate with stakeholders the achievements of pupils.  Achievements that reflect the core values of the Academy.