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Prayer reports: Counties N-Y
A BBC investigation has found 81 of the 149 schools inspected in Wales in the past four years are failing to meet legal requirements on religion.

All schools are legally obliged to offer a daily act of worship.

However, some head teachers have blamed the failure on practical reasons such as space, and want a change in the law.

The schools inspected in each of the 22 Welsh counties, and the comments of the inspection service Estyn, can be read below.

COUNTIES N-Y

Cefn Saeson
Inspected November 2004
No: Although there are several outstanding features in the learning experiences which the school provides for pupils, some statutory parts of the curriculum are not provided, particularly a daily act of collective worship, and the provision of reports for parents for religious education and information technology in some years.

Cwrt Sart Comprehensive School
Inspected December 2003
No: The school fails to comply with statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

Cymer Afan Comprehensive School
Yes: The school meets statutory requirements with regard to acts of collective worship in that they are held daily and are of a broadly Christian nature.

Dwr-Y-Felin Comprehensive School Dwr-y-Felin Road
Inspected November 2004
Yes: The school complies with the requirements of the daily act of collective worship and, on mornings when they are not in assembly, pupils lead an act of collective worship in tutor groups for which materials are supplied.

This arrangement is well-organised and involves pupils' participation but there is a variable quality in presentation, with little time for reflection in some instances.

Dyffryn Comprehensive School Bertha Road Margam
Inspected April 2002
Yes: The school's daily assemblies make a significant contribution to this good provision. They create a sense of community that encourages pupils to care for their school, for each other and for the wider community beyond school to which they have a sense of commitment, service and responsibility.

Glan Afan Comprehensive
Inspected March 2005
No: The statutory requirement for all pupils to engage in an act of collective worship on every day of the week is not met.

Sandfields Comprehensive School
Inspected Jan 2005
Yes.

Bassaleg School
Inspected March 2004
No: Pupils' spiritual development is very good. Assemblies are inclusive, educational and spiritual with music, prayers, readings and a central thought for the pupils to reflect upon. These take place in an appropriate atmosphere and often involve pupils in the delivery of the act of collective worship.

On non-assembly days classes attend form periods, which often include a thought for the week, but the implementation of this requirement is not always followed. Statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship are therefore not met.

Bettws High School Bettws Lane
Inspected October 2001
No: Statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship for all pupils are not met.

Caerleon Comprehensive School
Inspected February 2005
Yes.

Duffryn High School
Inspected February 2002
No: The collective acts of worship are well prepared and delivered, and many make a very positive contribution to students' spiritual and moral development. There is often time for reflection and for religious prayer. Students are comfortably seated, and they are well behaved and attentive.

There is little provision made for worship in the classroom when there is no scheduled assembly. Consequently, there is no daily act of collective worship provided for all students and this means that the statutory requirement is not being met.

Hartridge High School
Inspected January 2005
Yes: A variety of acts of collective worship contribute well to pupils' spiritual and moral development. A number of subjects, particularly art and design, also make a significant contribution to pupils' spiritual development.

St Julians Comprehensive
No: In assemblies, there is a clear order and structure to collective worship catering for all pupils irrespective of their faith, although very few pupils make an active contribution to assemblies. Some class tutors make effective use of tutorial time to further the spiritual and moral development of the pupils.

However, this is not the case in over a quarter of these tutorials where there is no element of collective worship. The school is therefore not fully complying with the statutory requirement for a daily act of worship.

Hermon Community School Hermon
Inspected September 2003
Yes: The school conforms to statutory requirements in relation to daily acts of collective worship. A devotional atmosphere is created in the majority of the periods of worship. Pupils contribute regularly.

Milford Haven School
Inspected April 2005
Yes: Pupils' spiritual development is good overall, but the quality of acts of worship in form bases is inconsistent. Improve the quality of daily acts of collective worship, which take place in tutor periods, so that all consistently match current best practice.

Sir Thomas Picton Haverfordwest
Yes, but need to ensure the requirement is met at sixth-form level.

Greenhill School Heywood Lane Tenby
Inspected April 2002
No: The school does not meet statutory requirements for collective worship.

Ysgol Gyfun Ddwyieithog Y Preseli
Inspected 11 January 2003
Yes: Pupils' spiritual development is good. Through collective worship and experiences in a number of curricular subjects, pupils are given good opportunities to reflect on their experiences and to gain an understanding of values and beliefs.

Builth Wells
Inspected May 2004
No: On other occasions the services make very little contribution to pupils' spiritual development, there is no opportunity for pupils to reflect or time for a prayer. The accommodation also detracts from the worship and the marking of registers during the service distracts from the ethos of the occasion.

On the days when pupils remain in their tutor groups there is a thought for the day 10 planned. Appropriate themes and guidance are provided. However, in many tutor groups these are not used; this fails to meet statutory requirements.

Caereinion High School Welshpool
Inspected February 2002
No: The school's provision for pupils' spiritual growth and understanding is satisfactory. Corporate assemblies are held in the sport's hall where the acoustics are poor and there is no seating for pupils.

These assemblies conform to statutory requirements but they generally lack inspiration and do little to develop pupils' spiritual awareness. There is no music to enhance the occasion. Provision for classroom worship is inconsistent.

In some, pupils participate well and they are able to discuss, consider and show respect for the views and customs of religions other than Christianity. In others, there is no act of corporate worship, which is contrary to statutory requirements.

Gwernyfed
Inspected November 2001
Yes.

Llandrindod Wells
Yes: Regular collective act of worships are held throughout the week for individual year groups and the whole school. The ethos is respectful, includes relevant themes and good participation by pupils.

Llanfyllin High School
Inspected May 2003
No: Pupils attend assemblies twice a week at most, whilst the "thought for the day" is discussed only once a week. This means that the school does not provide a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

Therefore, despite some improvement since the last inspection, provision for collective worship still does not meet statutory requirements, and remains a key issue after this inspection.

Newtown HS
Inspected 2004
Yes: Collective worship now taking place.

Welshpool High School
Inspected Oct 2004
No: The school does not meet the statutory requirement for an act of daily collective worship.

Ysgol Bro Ddyfi Machynlleth
Inspected April 2002
Yes: Collective worship fully meets statutory requirements, but there is insufficient opportunity for pupils to reflect upon life experiences, consider ideas and emotions or silently respond to them. Pupils participate regularly in collective worship.

Aberdare Boys
Inspected 2005
Yes.

Y Pant Pontyclun
Yes but inconsistent.

Aberdare Girls' School Cwmbach RoadInspected November 2003
Yes: The school complies with requirements for the daily act of collective worship.

Blaengwawr Comprehensive School
Inspected March 2005
Yes: Acts of collective worship meet statutory requirements.

Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School Beddau Pontypridd
Inspected February 2003
No: In a number of registration classes there is no corporate worship, contrary to the statutory requirements.

Coedylan Comprehensive School Albion Site Cilfynydd
Inspected November 2002
No: The quality of pupils' spiritual development is good. Well-planned and well-conducted school assemblies, particularly those for Y7 and Y8 and where there is a level of pupil participation, contribute substantially to the development of pupils' values, beliefs and spiritual awareness.

There are links with the local parish church including visits by pupils. The frequency of whole-year and whole-school assemblies varies. On those days when pupils do not attend assemblies, statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship are not met.

Ferndale Community School
Inspected November 2004
No: The school does not comply with the statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship.

Hawthorn High School Pontypridd
Inspected February 2002
No: Although there is a thought for the week, which would provide an opportunity for further reflection in form time on those days when the pupils do not attend assemblies, this is not widely taken up by the teaching staff. These arrangements do not meet statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

Porth County
No: Assemblies take place only once per fortnight so can do little to reinforce the development of the school's ethos. They were not seen during the inspection.

Acts of collective worship are not offered to pupils during daily tutor sessions and the school's thought for the week, presented on one day a week by tutors, does not offer stimulating opportunities for reflection. The school is failing to comply with the requirement for a daily act of worship.

St John Baptist (Church in Wales voluntary aided) High School Glan Road
Inspected March 2004
Yes: The twice weekly assemblies are explicitly spiritual and reinforce school values. They also celebrate pupils' achievement. Pupils take an active part in assemblies.

There is further spiritual development through prayers in morning tutor group meetings and the school meets the requirement for a daily act of worship. In only a few instances is this time not used effectively.

Tonypandy Comprehensive School
Inspected March 2003
No: school does not fulfil the statutory requirements for the provision of a daily act of collective worship. However, the assemblies have a broadly Christian character and make a good contribution to spiritual, moral and social development of pupils.

School and year assemblies have common themes and provide opportunities for pupils to participate in their planning and presentation. There has been an attempt by the senior management team and some form tutors to introduce a "thought for the week" in tutorials but the practice is not sufficiently consistent across the school to have a significant impact.

Tonyrefail School
Inspected February 2004
No: Year assemblies are held on designated days of the week. Assemblies are planned well, often include pupil participation, pursue a particular theme and are effective in enhancing pupils' spiritual and moral understanding. On non-assembly days classes attend form periods, which occasionally include the 'thought for the day'.

However, there are inconsistencies in the quality of this experience, which limits pupils' spiritual development. These pastoral periods do not always contain an element of collective worship and statutory requirements are therefore not fully met.

Ysgol Gyfun Y Cymer Rhondda Porth
Inspected March 2002
No: Pupils and students are given an opportunity to show initiative by taking part in public in the collective worship and to use their musical talents either to accompany or to perform items as individuals or as members of a group.

On some mornings, services are held in classes. Some of them are of good quality but others are too short and devoid of true meaning. In some classes, an act of collective worship is not held and this is contrary to the statutory requirements.

Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari
Inspected April 2004
No: Collective worship is held on average twice a week for each year group. In general, it contributes well, sometimes very well to pupils' spiritual and moral development. In the best examples, there is a spiritual ethos and opportunities for pupils to be at peace and reflect or pray in a suitable atmosphere.

At times, effective use is made of music to enrich the occasion. On three mornings a week, the pupils worship in their class groups. There are good guidelines for form teachers. The quality of these experiences varies from very good to superficial.

In the best cases, pupils are given good opportunities to reflect and to respond to the theme in question. In a number of classes, collective worship is not held regularly. This is contrary to statutory requirements.

Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun Penywaun Hirwaun
Inspected February 2004
On the days when acts of worship are expected to take place in classrooms, nothing happens in a number of them, even though purposeful and polished materials have been prepared for such occasions. This does not meet the statutory requirements.

Ysgol Maes y Dderwen Ystradgynlais
Inspected October 2004
Yes: The daily act of collective worship contributes well to their spiritual development.

Ysgol Uwchradd Llanidloes
Inspected May 2003
Yes: On three days a week a whole school act of collective worship happens and on the other two days there is a "thought for the day". No whole school service took place during the week of the inspection, because the hall was needed for external examinations.

From evidence collected, the worship includes appropriate presentations by pupils, members of staff and visiting speakers, together with prayers. It is Christian in nature and themes are related effectively to the life and work of the school and the community.

Swansea Birchgrove Comprehensive
Inspected September 2001
No: Religious education makes a strong contribution to pupils' spiritual development. Pupils consider life's fundamental questions, reflect on their own beliefs and values and learn to understand and respect the beliefs of others. The school does not meet statutory requirements to provide a daily act of collective worship.

Bishop Gore
Inspected Oct 2003
No: The provision for pupils' spiritual development is satisfactory and for social, moral and cultural development good. Pupils respond well to this provision. Due consideration is given to the needs of all pupils, including those for whom English is an additional language. The school does not meet the statutory requirement for a daily act of worship.

Daniel James Community School Heol Ddu Treboeth
Inspected May 2004
No: School assemblies reinforce school values and celebrate pupils' achievement. In some assemblies pupils are actively involved through musical performance and music is used effectively to create atmosphere.

Pupils join in prayers when invited or take part in silent reflection. However, in many assemblies and in almost all daily meetings with form tutors there are no opportunities for such reflection. The school does not fully meet statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship.

Dylan Thomas Community School
Inspected April 2004
No: Opportunities for spiritual development are limited across the curriculum. Assemblies in themselves are worthwhile events as they celebrate pupils' successes but they lack spiritual content, are not of a broadly Christian character and offer no opportunity for worship; statutory requirements are not met.

Gowerton School
Inspected July 2005
Yes.

Morriston Comprehensive
Inspected October 2004
Yes.

Olcfha May
Inspected 2005
Yes.

Penyrheol Comprehensive
Inspected September 2001
No: The quality of collective worship, which is held regularly for pupils of different year groups is satisfactory, although pupil participation is minimal.

The quality of the periods of worship held in tutor groups is also satisfactory, although in a significant minority of these services pupils are not given sufficient opportunity to reflect on the content, and as a result the spiritual aspect is limited.

The school has produced a very useful and valuable booklet of religious materials for use in the class acts of worship. Nevertheless, an act of worship did not take place in all tutor groups observed and thus the school does not comply with statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship.

Pontarddulais Comprehensive
No: There are examples of form assemblies of good quality with effective contributions from the teacher and meaningful participation by pupils but others are brief and provide insufficient opportunities for pupils to reflect.

Not all tutor periods include an act of collective worship so that the school does not fully meet statutory requirements.

Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr
Inspected January 2005
Yes: Pupils' and students' spiritual development is good. A daily act of communal worship, complying with statutory requirements, is held either in the school hall, the drama studio or the classroom.

Abersychan Comprehensive Pontypool
Inspected September 2003
No: The ethos and values the school aim to promote reflect pupils' social, moral and cultural development. The PSE programme of study is also designed to support pupils' spiritual, moral and social development and to prepare them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Religious education contributes effectively to pupils' spiritual development, providing opportunities for pupils to reflect on their own experiences, to consider life's fundamental questions and to develop a respect for the beliefs of others. Geography provides opportunities for pupils to reflect on the natural environment and to consider their perceptions of the world.

The inclusion of pupils from the SLC in assemblies continues to enhance the community spirit and support the concept of inclusion. Some issues still exist within the provision for spiritual development; for example, the school does not meet statutory requirements to provide a daily act of collective worship.

Fairwater
Inspected February 2005
Yes.

Croesyceiliog School
February 2005
Yes: The curriculum complies with legal requirements. A daily act of collective worship has been introduced for all pupils in assemblies or tutor groups.

St Albans RC High School Pontypool
Inspected October 2002
No: The school's spiritual ethos, pupils' spiritual development, religious education and the daily act of collective worship will be reported separately in a report submitted by the Diocesan Inspector.

The school does not meet the requirements of the law with regard to sixth form religious education and a daily act of collective worship for sixth formers.

West Monmouth Comprehensive
Inspected April 2004
No: The school is committed to promoting the human spirit as well as spirituality. There are good opportunities in religious education to reflect on the nature of God, on suffering and on other themes of a religious nature.

In art, there is reflection on iconography and meaning in western and non-western art. Pupils respond well to such opportunities and express balanced, considered points of view. However, few such opportunities were observed in other subjects. Assemblies contribute to pupils' spiritual development. There is a strong moral or spiritual message, and pupils participate in the singing of hymns and the reciting of the Lord's prayer with energy.

There is, however, little time for reflection and there is little input from pupils into the presentation of the theme of the week. On the three days when pupils do not attend assembly, there is no act of worship in tutor groups and thus statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship are not met.

Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw
Inspected January 2002
No: The collective act of worship, conducted for the whole school or for separate year groups, is Christian in content and its thematic meditations are related effectively to the life and work of the school. The services observed were dignified without being inspiring.

They are well-organised and include appropriate presentations by pupils, assisted by members of staff, together with a prayer and community singing. When pupils do not attend an assembly, they meet in form groups. The best acts of collective worship in form groups are characterised by the sound contribution made by staff and the meaningful contribution of pupils. In a number of classes, acts of worship are not held, and consequently the school does not fully meet statutory requirements.

Cowbridge Comprehensive
Inspected November 2001
No: The quality of pupils' moral and social development is very good. Spiritual development is good. Cultural development is satisfactory. Pupils respond very positively to the school's provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Assemblies are held daily for pupils in Y11 and students in the sixth form. They take place on alternate days for the remaining year groups. These are broadly Christian in character and are orderly occasions, led by senior staff. There is some participation by pupils, mainly in the provision of music.

The school uses assemblies effectively to reinforce the school's values and to celebrate achievement. During the inspection, pupils in Y7 and students in the sixth form, with representatives from other year groups, took part in a moving Remembrance Day service in the local parish church.

However, there is no spiritual dimension to form periods for pupils with no designated assembly. The school therefore does not meet statutory requirements to provide a daily act of collective worship.

Llantwit Major
Inspected January 2004
No: The school does not meet the statutory requirement for a daily act of collective worship. Pupils attend three assemblies a week but only those in the main hall, very capably organised and delivered by the head of department of RE, take the form of acts of worship. There is no worship or reflection in other assemblies or in tutor group sessions.

St Richard Gwyn RC High School
Inspected March 2005
Yes: Pupils' spiritual development was inspected by a Diocesan Inspector under Section 22 of the School Inspections Act. The ensuing judgment is that pupils' spiritual development is good.

Stanwell School
Inspected March 2004
No: Pupils attend an assembly each week. The assemblies reinforce school values and celebrate pupils' achievements. The daily thought for the day provides a useful period of reflection, but it does not fully constitute an act of worship, so the school is not wholly meeting the statutory requirement for a daily act of worship.

Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg Barry
Inspected November 2002
Yes: Acts of collective worship, whether as a whole school, in year groups, or house groups provide a worthy contribution to pupils' spiritual, moral and social development. In each session the theme for the day is firmly grounded in the Christian tradition. Collective worship in the hall is very carefully controlled.

Pupils take part with appropriate readings and prayers but some lack confidence when reading in front of an audience. On occasions, the message is too complex and linguistically challenging for pupils to appreciate fully and act upon it. Singing during collective worship lacks enthusiasm and there is little sense of joy or celebration.

Darland High School
Inspected November 2002
No: In some assemblies, registers are marked during worship and pupils have to sit on the floor on occasions. These actions are not conducive to producing a dignified, reflective atmosphere. On the days when pupils do not attend year assemblies it is planned to hold a service in every class.

Where worship takes place, its quality varies from good to unsatisfactory. At best, services are characterised by a positive contribution from the teacher and meaningful input from pupils. In other instances, the presentation is mechanical and no time is given for prayer or for pupils to reflect.

In a number of classes there is no corporate worship, contrary to the statutory requirements. Overall, services make a satisfactory contribution to pupils' spiritual development.

Maelor School
Inspected May 2002
No: Pupils' spiritual awareness is developed through assemblies and work in religious education, music, art, Welsh and English. In music and art there are very good opportunities for pupils to develop a sense of curiosity and wonder.

In English and Welsh pupils study human experiences and reflect on their own values in the light of what they are studying. In religious education pupils consider life's fundamental questions and learn how religious teachings can relate to them. Across the other subjects of the curriculum pupils' spiritual development is not planned and little contribution is made to this aspect.

All pupils attend an act of collective worship twice a week. Assemblies are based on a suitable theme with a message relevant to pupils' experience and include appropriate readings, hymn singing and prayers. Occasionally services lack meaningful input from pupils and the spiritual dimension is sometimes missing.

On the days when pupils do not attend an assembly they begin the day with their form tutors. In many tutor periods there are no opportunities for pupils to participate in collective worship so that the school does not fully meet statutory requirements.

Ysgol Morgan Llwyd
Inspected April 2002 No: Pupils' spiritual development is promoted by means of religious education provision and collective worship. A number of NC subjects, such as When pupils do not attend collective worship by year or as a whole school, the class tutor is expected to be responsible for collective worship.

The best collective worship in class is characterised by the positive contribution of teachers and meaningful contributions of pupils. In a very few classes, collective worship does not take place and this is contrary to the statutory requirements.

Ysgol Rhiwabon
Inspected May 2003
No: Spiritual awareness is well developed in religious education where pupils reflect upon the meaning of life, the wonders of creation and man's need to worship and are able to think about their own beliefs and values.

Time for reflection also occurs in English and history but in several other subjects opportunities to add to this provision are missed. There are good links with the local parish church which is visited by all pupils in Y7. Pupils attend two year group assemblies each week; these are orderly and well constructed but are lacking in spiritual content and time for reflection.

On days when pupils do not attend assembly, a "theme for the week" is provided for use by form tutors but in the tutor periods observed during the inspection this was rarely used. Statutory requirements for the provision of collective daily worship are not met.

Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni
Inspected October 2002
There are good guidelines for collective worship, and the weekly themes set are appropriate. The services are of a Christian nature; in them, respect and responsibility for others are made manifest and pupils are offered opportunities of taking an active part in the presentations.

Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern
Inspected March 2004
Through the daily acts of collective worship and the broad provision in subjects such as English, history and religious education, as well as through comprehensive pastoral programmes, the school succeeds well in developing both pupils' spiritual awareness and their self-awareness.



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