Collective worship policies

Get inspiration for writing your collective worship policy with examples from primary, secondary and special schools. Plus, find guidance on what to include in your own policy.

Last reviewed on 16 September 2022
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  1. This policy is not statutory
  2. What to include if you have one
  3. Examples from schools

This policy is not statutory

There's no legal requirement to have a collective worship policy.

However, if you're a school with a religious character, double check whether your relevant religious authority (e.g. your local diocese) has specific requirements for your school.

What to include if you have one

Keep it concise and cover:

  • Your philosophical statement
  • Planning and logistics
  • Legal requirements

See this guidance for collective worship from Croydon Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) for more detail.

Find out more about the requirements for daily collective worship.

Examples from schools

Primary schools

Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School in Rochdale (a voluntary aided school) has a collective worship policy with sections on:

  • Legal requirements
  • Planning worship
  • Eucharist celebrations

Grange Primary School in Newham (a community school) has a collective worship policy that covers:

  • Aims for the school and for pupils
  • Contribution of collective worship towards the curriculum
  • Management and planning
  • Withdrawal

St Clere's School in Essex (an academy) has a collective worship policy

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