Assemblies and Acts of Worship

Kings students have an opportunity to engage in Christian worship, philosophical thought or spiritual reflection every day, whether that be through scheduled collective worship, assembly or tutor time activities.

Acts of collective worship are conducted in Houses (Avalon, Camelot, Lyonesse and Tintagel) and are planned and delivered by local church leaders and lay leaders from different Christian denominations. Students attend St Andrew’s Church at key times in the Christian calendar, with special services being held to commemorate Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas, Easter and Ascension. Kings students contribute to these church services through narration, drama, art and music, also by showing reverence.

Assemblies also offer an opportunity for collective worship and are delivered by kings teaching staff, guest speakers and sometimes students. These are purposeful formal gatherings with an academic, pastoral or moral focus. The focus is linked to the school curriculum and environment, world issues and current events. Every assembly provides an opportunity for worship whether it be a Christian pause of thought/ moment of reflection. Every act of collective worship, assembly and tutor time aims to provide a learning experience that encourages social, moral, cultural and spiritual development characteristic of the school Christian ethos; encompassing the school values ‘Kings principles of PRIDE’ uniting and celebrating the school community.

At the end of every term the whole school comes together to give thanks, praise and recognition of the endeavours and achievements of students, staff and members of the Kings’ community. The student Senior team and House captains deliver the assembly, giving rewards to those who have achieved in different areas of their school and community life, with musical interludes from both student and staff band and choir. Celebration and thanks are given by the school leadership team and offered through Christian dialogue and prayer by a foundation governor or the school chaplain. Coming together as a united body allows each individual to be acknowledged and valued; instilling pride to ‘believe and succeed.’

Examples of Collective Worship, Assemblies and Tutor time: