Religious Education & Collective Worship



Religious Education and collective worship are both compulsory within the National Curriculum. Although Lingfield Primary School is a non-church school, it is important to promote pupils well-being, spiritual, moral and cultural development.  The act of daily collective worship is broadly of Christian character and takes into account the main Christian festivals throughout the year. However, the acts of collective worship do also take into consideration the beliefs and practises of other faiths and how these link to the fundamental British Values.

We have an assembly and collective worship schedule throughout the school. The children attend whole school assemblies twice a week, one of which focuses on our whole school value, and the other on celebrating the successes and achievements across the school. The children also participate in singing assemblies over the half term. Daily collective worship forms a key part in each of these assemblies. In addition to this, there are planned opportunities in class for the children to reflect in the form of a collective worship. These follow a specific value, which change each month, but are linked to our ethos of respect, relationships and resilience. At Lingfield, we have strong links with the local community. We make regular use of the local church; our Reverend delivers monthly assemblies to the children with a religious theme that links with the current value.

A programme of study for Religious Education, based on the Surrey Agreed Syllabus, is delivered to all children regardless of their religious background or representation. Parents may withdraw their children from the teaching of Religious Education and collective worship on the grounds of religious belief. These children will participate in another form of learning during this time.  We feel strongly that every child should have the opportunity to access the full curriculum; however, if parents do have any concerns, then they should raise this with the Head Teacher in the first instance.