Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School

Collective Worship

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18

Collective Worship is a core aspect of our school's catholic identity. The importance of spending time in the presence of God has been fundamental to the Catholic way of life for centuries.

Here at Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School, we ensure that our children have broad and varied opportunities to experience God through prayer and worship.


Who’s involved / Where

Led by



Whole school liturgy in the hall, based  on the previous Sunday’s Gospel – Utilising Ten:Ten and Mark 10 Mission resources

·       Headteacher


Contributions from children across school such as reading the Gospel, asking questions, role-play.


Meditation- EYFS and KS1 in classes, KS2 together in the hall


•   Teachers in classes

•   Teachers and/or KS2 children in the hall


Whole school singing liturgy in the hall, extending prayer through song

•   Teachers and/or KS2 children


Class Worship in classrooms

•   EYFS and KS1 children contribute to liturgy through, e.g. choosing hymns and writing prayers

•   Child-led liturgy in KS2 classes


Whole school celebration liturgy in the hall, four part structure followed and certificates given (parents invited)

•   Children in year 6 who write their own script each week


One class also share learning each week




•   The Wednesday Word is shared on our school website.


•   Prayer Garden Virtue liturgy (linked to current Diocesan Virtue to Live By) is every Wednesday afternoon on a three-weekly rota basis.  All children attend a session in small groups, linked to each virtue.


•   Children and staff access Ten:Ten resources to support liturgy planning and these can be shared/accessed at home via Google Classroom.


•   Prayer Garden Sacred Space liturgy for staff is led Tuesday-Friday mornings by the Headteacher.



 We attend weekly Masses at Scarthingwell Church, with a different class attending each week.  Fr. Henry Longbottom works closely with teh school to ensure children are involved and services are well attended by parents, carers and parishioners.  Children are encouraged to participate fully in the Masses through singing, reading and serving.


London Road, Barkston Ash, Nr Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24 9PS

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