Collective Worship is a very important aspect of our school day - it is an opportunity to consider and respect a broad spectrum of beliefs and faiths. We encourage ALL our children to take part, whether they are members of a certain faith or indeed none.
In October 2015 the Local Authority carried out an audit of Collective Worship at Acocks Green Primary School and we are delighted with their extremely positive outcomes:
Name of school: Acocks Green Primary School
Date of visit: October 12th 2015
Inspection number: 011
Monitor: Dr M. C. Felderhof
Appropriate Authority: Board of Governors
Chair of Governors: Neil Kimberley
Name of Head Teacher: Mr Robert Driscoll
Teacher with responsibility for RE: Ms Louise Brown
Purpose of the Monitoring visit:
- to see that safeguarding concerns in Birmingham are met in CW and RE and to ensure these activities comport with ‘British’ values;
- to check that CW and RE contributes to the broad and balanced curriculum that requires the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development 1/ of children, and 2/ of society;
- to consider the nature and character of the provision of RE and CW to see how they match the aims and ambitions of the school.
- To consider and discuss any legal constraints and opportunities for CW and RE in the school with senior management and person(s) responsible for RE and CW.
Information about the school:
This is a popular, heavily oversubscribed school with an excellent reputation. It occupies a traditional building with classrooms surrounding a school hall. The school which is about 70% non-white (mainly Muslim with some Hindu and Sikh representation) is set in an area with lots of poverty and deprivation but where the school offers a rich educational resource. It is particularly keen on maintaining close contact with parents through it blogs and twitter regime, informing parents and providing photo evidence of what happens at the school. It is thus able to meet any anxieties that may be generated by inherently controversial areas of the curriculum such as SRE and PSHE. RE and CW are deemed to be an important part of the provision from which there have been no withdrawals in many years.
There were no problems in completing the survey. Its self-assessment was generally fair and perhaps even somewhat modest in its self-evaluation.
The school describes itself as “totally multi-cultural, multi-faith bound by the following ethos: Everyone is different. Everyone is equal. Everyone is welcome.” This inclusive and appreciative attitude towards all was an evident and pervasive mood in the school. Religious life was seen as positive contribution to the educational endeavour of developing the SMSC life of the pupils.
- Collective Worship:
The collective worship observed was a class assembly that was clearly linked to, and prepared for the RE lesson to follow. In its general theme it countered fatalism and encouraged the pupils to understand that they have choices that can shape them and their lives. The CW act was expressive, thoughtful and very well done, including a serious prayer for help in doing what is right. In general it showed what a positive contribution CW can make in school. Commendable.
The RE lesson was not only very well prepared and delivered. It was a classic of its kind. Developing real religious sensibilities drawing on various religious traditions, it was ambitious and challenging children to think deeply about their life whilst simultaneously conveying essential information about different religions. An outstanding lesson.
- Organisation and management
The school is clearly well organised and managed with respect to RE and CW.
Conclusion re Safeguarding:
One can very confidently say that there are no safeguarding concerns in the delivery of these areas of the curriculum.
What the school might do:
Maintain its good practice and share it with others.