The words music and actions that bring worship to life.

Worship in Schools

Worship in schools is covered by both national legislation and by trust deeds in individual schools. To a large extent, therefore, the framework within which schools can provide worship is fixed. See the Collective Worship section of this website.

School chaplains very often have the lead role in planning and designing worship in school, and many have the benefit of a purpose-built chapel in which worship can take place.

Equally many chaplains in maintained schools and academies have to share a worship space with other functions and activities within their communities. This creates its own challenges for them. 

SCALA is committed to the development of the best practice in school worship. There is, however, no single model we commend.

Worship & Context

We believe that the aim of worship in school is to provide opportunities for pupils to experience a sense of the reality and presence of God. All kinds of ingredients may be relevant to this aim. Worship may involve silence or music, drama or quiet prayer, the use of visual images or a simple focus on a lighted candle or a cross.

Pupils may be asked to imagine, to meditate, to contemplate, to pray, to read or to sing. Worship may involve a written liturgy or an informal blend of words and actions. The key factor is appropriateness to the context which combines the people who meet for worship, the meeting place and the culture of the school community.


  • For ideas on worship which involves pupils of different religious traditions, see the Inter-faith issues section of this website.

  • You can find the liturgical framework for Anglican daily worship by going to the Church of England website at

  • For a range of experimental ideas for worship, go to

  • There are further ideas on worship at

  • One very helpful and popular site for assembly material is run by SPCK at

Ideas from a 2006 SCALA course on worship.