Collective Worship

Our daily act of collective worship is a special and distinctive time of the school day, when the school community is assembled. It offers the opportunity, without complusion, to all pupils and adults to grow spiritually though experiences of prayer, stillness, worship and reflection.

This opportunity for worship takes place each day. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers its pupils.

Father Darryl and Reverend Mike lead worship weekly and our links with St Cuthbert's and St Chad's Churches are strong. The Open the Book team come to both schools regularly involving children in performing and retelling Bible stories.

Our children are leaders in worship. They share prayers, write their own collective worship content, act and actively participate.


Due to Covid restrictions we are unable to come together as whole school communities to worship. Instead, worship takes places in class 'bubbles' or at home using a range of resources. Please see our 'collective worship at home' page for more details.

Examples of whole school events

  • Year 5/6 at St Cuthbert's collected for the Australian Bush Fires following their moving collective worship about this event.
  • The collective worship committee at St Cuthbert's made Eco Bricks. We nearly have enough for our friendship bench!
  • Fountains Earth harvest breakfast was a great success. Children made bread, jam and apple jelly for the community and the fairtrade team taught us about the importance of looking for the fairtrade logo.


  • St Cuthbert's harvest service, led by the children, would normally be attended by the entire community. Our harvest offerings are received with thanks and are donated to Nidderdale and Harrogate food banks.


  • To offer the whole school community the opportunity to participate in worship, ensuring that the experiences provided are relevant to the age, aptitude and family background of the children on both an individual and collective basis.
  • To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural diversity.
  • To provide opportunities for the children to participate in acts of worship at their own level.
  • To help the children to understand the nature and language of worship.
  • To provide an educational, moral and spiritual dimension to the whole school curriculum by offering the opportunity to explore, extend, share and deepen the children’s level of spiritual experience.
  • To provide an opportunity for children to develop their sense of community in relation to home, school and the wider community.
  • To promote the ethos and shared values of the school.
  • To explore Christianity fostering a respect for people of all races and religions and celebrating difference and diversity.
  • To seek to widen and enhance the experience of those of faith, no faith and the curious and to allow them to make their own response.

 Find out more in our Federation Collective Worship Policy (.pdf)