At Orchard, pupils have an opportunity to participate in a daily act of Collective Worship, some days will be whole school, and other days will be year group specific.
Collective worship is wholly or mainly Christian in nature as stated in the law (The School Standards and Framework Act 1998) and is often linked to the school values.
Parents have the statutory right to withdraw children from RE lessons and acts of collective worship at all maintained schools.
Orchard is a Values Based Education school. Values-based Education is an approach to teaching that works with values. It creates a strong learning environment that enhances academic attainment, and develops children' social and relationship skills that last throughout their lives.
Values are principles that drive behaviour. They influence our actions and attitudes, and become our framework for living. They influence our relationship with ourselves and others.
A positive learning environment is achieved through the positive values modelled by staff throughout the school. It promotes and celebrates successful teaching and learning time.
Like riding a bike, values are learned through a combination of practice and instruction. Children learn what values are, how to recognise them, and how people react to them, equipping them with invaluable social skills and emotional intelligence.
Each value is taught over a month, beginning with a reflective assembly. In this section of our website you will find our recent Values Assemblies for you to read, share and consider.