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Prayer reports: Counties B-M
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 B-M

Brynmawr Comprehensive School
Inspected 5-9 November 2001.
No: Standards in pupils' personal development are affected because: Statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship are not met and neither are the requirements for religious education, especially in the sixth form.

Ebbw Vale Comprehensive School
Inspected 4-8 March 2002.
No: The school does not meet statutory requirements for collective worship.

Nantyglo Comprehensive School
Inspected November 2004.
No: All pupils do not receive their entitlement to a daily act of collective worship.

Tredegar Comprehensive
Inspected 26-30 January 2004.
No: The school does not comply with the statutory requirement for a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

Brynteg Comprehensive School
Inspected: 29 September 2003
No: The school does not comply with statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

Bryntirion Comprehensive
Inspected April 2005
Yes: Overall the school complies fully with the requirements for a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

Ysgol Pencoed
Inspected 2004
Yes: The school meets the requirements to provide a daily act of collective worship and the spiritual development of pupils is good.

Ynysawdre Comprehensive School
Inspected 30 September - 4 October 2002
No: The school does not meet statutory requirements for collective worship.

Blackwood Comprehensive School
Inspected October 2003
No: Statutory requirements are not met with regard to the daily act of collective worship and the coverage of the agreed syllabus in religious education at KS4. Whilst pupils' spiritual development is satisfactory overall, it is not promoted consistently across the curriculum.

Lewis Girls' Comprehensive School
15 - 19 March 2004
No: The "Thought for the Day" in tutor groups does not extend to a daily act of collective worship in many groups and statutory requirements are thus not met.

Newbridge Comprehensive School
Inspected 24-28 March 2003
No: Statutory requirements for the provision of collective worship are not met.

Oakdale Comprehensive
Inspected 11 - 15 November 2002
No: The school does not meet statutory requirements for collective worship.

Rhymney Comprehensive School Abertysswg
Inspected 27 - 31 January 2003
No: The school is failing to comply with the requirement for a daily act of worship for all pupils.

Risca Community Comprehensive School
Inspected 4-8 February 2002
No: The school does not meet statutory requirements with respect to acts of collective worship and this was the case in the last inspection.

St Ilan School
Inspected 21 - 24 January 2002
No: The school is failing to comply with the requirement for a daily act of worship.

St Martin's School Hillside
Inspected October 2002
No: The school does not meet statutory requirements for a daily act of worship.

Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
Inspected 26 - 30 April 2004
The quality of the opportunities for reflection in the communal services held in the classrooms is uneven. In general, it is satisfactory.

Cantonian High School
Inspected January 2005
A daily act of collective worship is carefully planned for assemblies and for tutor groups.

Corpus Christi Catholic High School Lisvane
Yes.

Fitzalan High School
Inspected 11 - 15 October 2004
Yes.

Llanishen High School Heol Hir
Inspected March 2003
No: The school is not meeting its statutory responsibility for a daily act of collective worship for all pupils. It has not responded sufficiently well to the criticisms of the quality of assemblies or the lack of collective worship of the previous inspection report.

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf
Inspected June 2005
Yes: The pupils' spiritual development is good despite the fact that the quality of communal worship is frequently not up to expectations. The school promotes pupils' and students' moral, social and cultural development very well.

Mary Immaculate High School
Inspected March 2003
No: In tutor groups, acts of worship are sometimes brief, perfunctory and in some cases disrespectful. In some tutor groups there was no act of collective worship and therefore statutory requirements are not met.

Radyr Comprehensive School Heol Isaf Radyr
April 2004
No: The school does not meet the statutory requirement for a daily act of collective worship.

Rumney High School Newport Road
Inspected November 2002
No: In pastoral time there is no act of collective worship even in the form of a "thought for the day" or time for reflection. Assemblies do not, generally, provide time for prayer and reflection and so do not constitute acts of collective worship.

St Teilo's Church in Wales High School Llanedeyrn Road
Inspected March 2002
Yes: Overall, opportunities are missed in subjects across the curriculum for spiritual development and in a significant number of registration/tutorial sessions attended the requirements of "thought for the day" were not met. Tutors did not consider the thought and many did not give any opportunity for reflection.

Whitchurch High School Penlline Road
Inspected March 2003
No: On days when pupils are not in assembly, although there is a planned thought for the day, in practice this is little used. The school does not therefore meet statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr Pentrebane Road Fairwater
Inspected November 2003
No: An act of communal worship is arranged on three mornings every week. When there is no communal worship, no services are held in the classrooms; this is contrary to the statutory requirements.

Glyn Derw
No.

Coedcae School Heol Trostre Llanelli
Inspected December 2003
No: All pupils attend one assembly a week. The assemblies reinforce school values, and celebrate pupils' achievement. Spiritual development is encouraged by the pupils' exploration of ideas through performance of drama or music.

There is further spiritual development in some morning tutor group meetings through the school's Thought for the Day. In most assemblies and in some tutor groups, pupils join in a prayer, but in some assemblies and tutor group sessions there is no act of collective worship and the school does not meet statutory requirements.

Ysgol Dyffryn Taf North Road Whitland
Inspected October 2001
Yes: Acts of collective worship each morning in formal assemblies or in tutor groups make a satisfactory contribution to spiritual, moral and social development. Many acts of worship, based around a thought for the day, are devised and led by pupils. They use readings, often from the Bible, and usually include a prayer.

All pupils know the Lord's Prayer; it is used frequently, and pupils say it reverently. However, readings in assemblies are difficult to hear and their significance not readily apparent so that the efforts of pupils are not as productive as they deserve to be. Some acts of worship in tutor groups are good.

Queen Elizabeth Cambria School
Inspected March 2002
No: Pupils mainly attend three assemblies each week. These provide a very good start to the day, reinforcing school values and celebrating achievement. On the days when pupils are not in assembly, there is rarely an act of worship, time for reflection or a thought for the day.

The school does not therefore fully meet statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

Queen Elizabeth Maridunum SchoolInspected October 2004
Yes: Collective acts of worship are well organised with very good pupil participation. They provide pupils with opportunities to reflect on differing beliefs, cultures and the purpose of life.

Ysgol Tre-Gib Llandeilo
Inspected 23 April 2003
On days when pupils do not have assembly, many of the tutor periods do not meet statutory requirements to provide a daily act of collective worship.

Ysgol Gyfun Bro Myrddin
Inspected November 2003
Yes: The pupils' spiritual development is promoted through religious education, collective worship and the Christian Club, where they are given an opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and to consider the fundamental questions of life.

When the pupils are not worshipping together in the hall, appropriate opportunities are arranged for them to worship in their teaching groups or in registration classes.

Ysgol Glan-Y-Mr
Inspected January 2004
Yes: Collective acts of worship in assemblies are of good standard, they are Christian in character and give all pupils an opportunity for quiet reflection or worship. Assemblies are dignified and well-ordered occasions. Local clergymen and people from the community are regularly invited to take part.

The morning tutor group periods include a "Time to Reflect" and tutors have access to a resourced and planned programme. When they are good they are characterised by a positive attitude from teachers and time for pupils to reflect.

Ysgol Gyfun Maes Yr Yrfa
Inspected March - April 2004
Yes: There is an opportunity for whole-school communal worship on four mornings every week. The quality of the worship is very good. Services have a Christian emphasis; they include good contributions by pupils, congregational singing, an opportunity to reflect and good use of music to create a spiritual ethos.

The short period at the end of worship is used effectively to reinforce the school's values and to celebrate pupils' success. On the day pupils do not attend whole school communal worship, they meet as class groups. The best classroom communal worship is characterised by teachers' positive contribution and pupils' meaningful participation.

Others are little more than a mechanical process with only a short time to reflect.

Ysgol Pantycelyn Llandovery
Inspected March 2005
Yes

Ysgol Y Gwendraeth Drefach Llanelli
Inspected September 2003
No: The school does not meet the statutory requirement for a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

Penglais School Waunfawr Aberystwyth
Inspected April 2002
No: On the days when pupils do not attend an assembly in many classes there is no collective worship, contrary to the statutory requirements. Overall, assemblies make a satisfactory contribution to pupils' spiritual development. Across the curriculum, there is no purposeful planning to ensure pupils' spiritual development.

Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron Stryd y Fro
Inspected April 2004
Yes: Pupils' spiritual awareness is appropriately developed through the well-planned daily acts of worship based on weekly themes. These acts of collective worship develop pupils' sense of enquiry and provide a good opportunity to understand and gain insight into matters of spiritual and moral worth.

The school's bilingual acts of worship, which are very well organised, contain elements of Christian and other faiths. There is no hymn singing by the whole school and the assembly duration sometimes causes physical discomfort since few of the pupils are seated. These acts of worship now meet the statutory requirements.

Ysgol Gyfun Ddwyieithog Dyffryn Teifi Ffordd Llyn y Fran Llandysul
Inspected October 2001
Yes: Pupils' spiritual development is very good. In a good number of subjects, pupils' ability to discuss and to develop a perspective as to the meaning and purpose of life is developing well. The quality of collective worship, when they are held in the hall, is very good, and they include clear presentations, good singing, and prayers which are relevant to the topic concerned.

Pupils' response in services is particularly positive. Some mornings, services are held in classes when appropriate booklets prepared by the headteacher are used. All services fully meet the statutory requirements although there is some degree of variation in the quality of the moral and spiritual experiences in the services which are held in classes.

Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi Park Place Cardigan
Inspected October 2002
No: The school is least successful in its provision for promoting spiritual development and has not moved on in this respect since the last inspection in 1997.

Although valuable and quite extensive contributions to pupils' understanding of spiritual values are made in religious education, Welsh, English, history and art, the provision for collective worship does not provide a context in which pupils' own spiritual awareness can be consistently nurtured. The main assemblies held in the school hall provide a suitable act of worship for the lower school three times a week and for the upper school twice a week.

Neither the year assemblies held in the gymnasium nor the tutor periods that take place on non-assembly days provide satisfactory opportunities for spiritual development and the school is continuing to fail to comply with statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

The act of collective worship provided by form teachers in the classroom is of inconsistent quality, while neither the time nor the place of the smaller assemblies is conducive to the purpose of collective worship.

Ysgol Uwchradd Tregaron
Inspected November 2001
Yes: In the acts of collective worship held four mornings a week, the services are well planned to include spiritual, moral and social aspects. Pupils have good opportunities of participating in musical contributions, readings and prayers.

The atmosphere of the services held for year groups is less formal; they follow weekly themes of "thought for the day" but the quality of the spiritual, moral and social experiences and opportunities they provide for reflection are varied.

Eirias High School Eirias Road Colwyn Bay
Inspected October 2003
Yes: The quality of the year collective worship is satisfactory. Pupils are attentive and respectful and staff use the occasion to celebrate pupils' achievement. Pupil participation is limited and, in some cases, there is no time for pupils to reflect on the issues raised.

Links with local churches and Christian groups help to enrich services. On the days when pupils remain in their tutor groups there is a well prepared 'Thought for the Day' with a relevant theme set for a week.

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan Faenol Avenue Abergele
Inspected September 2001
No: Despite the progress made in this respect since the previous inspection, the school does not fully satisfy statutory requirements for an act of corporate worship.

Bryn Eilian
Inspected October 2002
Yes: On the days when pupils remain in their registration classes there is a "thought for the day". Appropriate guidelines are provided and the best worship is characterised by the positive contribution of the teacher and meaningful contribution of the pupils; others are brief and provide little time for pupils to reflect.

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Llanrwst
Inspected May 2002
Yes

Ysgol Uwchradd John Bright Oxford Road Llandudno
Inspected May 2003
No: On non-assembly days, classes attend form periods and follow a structured pastoral programme including the thought for the day which in some instances is followed by a suitable period of reflection. However, the daily act of worship is not always effectively carried out and statutory requirements are therefore not met.

Ysgol Uwchradd Y Creuddyn Llandudno
Inspected March 2005
Yes: The acts of communal worship and the religious education lessons make a substantial contribution to pupils' and students' spiritual development.

Ysgol Brynhyfryd Mold Road Ruthin
Inspected November 2002
Regular acts of collective worship are held throughout the week for individual year groups. They are Christian in character, include satisfactory participation by pupils and are effective in reinforcing the school's values and celebrating achievement.

A "Thought for the Day" forms part of the morning registration period for those with no designated act of collective worship in the school hall. At its best, collective worship in class is characterised by the positive contribution of teachers and meaningful participation of pupils, but a significant number of classes does not achieve these standards.

The Christian Club run by sixth-form students also makes a good contribution to this aspect.

Prestatyn High School
Inspected October 2004
No: The school promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively. The curriculum and the daily life of the school give the pupils good opportunities to gain knowledge and to create a spiritual awareness.

The quality of worship is good in assemblies with many effectively used to reinforce school values; in some tutor groups there is no act of collective worship.

Rhyl High School
Inspected November 2002
No: Few acts of collective worship took place during the week of the inspection. Assemblies are satisfactory in content and a suitable time is allocated for pupils to reflect. The unsatisfactory environment and acoustics in the sports hall do not help to create an ideal ethos for worship.

There are no opportunities for pupils to participate in collective worship in many registration classes. This does not meet statutory requirements.

St Brigid's School
Inspected April 2004
Yes: Collective worship conforms to statutory requirements and takes place on a regular basis through primary school assemblies, class assemblies and school assemblies when Y6 join the senior department. Assemblies are calm, dedicated times for prayer and personal reflection.

The Alun School Mold
Inspected February 2004
No: Most pupils attend two assemblies a week which are orderly and well constructed but are sometimes lacking in time for reflection and in pupil participation. There is a theme for the week for use in tutor groups on days when pupils do not attend assembly.

In some groups this is done well; in others it is carried out hurriedly and in a number not at all and does not therefore meet statutory requirements. The time allocated to religious education at KS4 detracts from the otherwise good impact that this subject has upon pupils' development in this area.

Argoed High School Bryn Road
Inspected May 2003
Yes: Pupils develop spiritual awareness through the collective act of worship, thought for the day, religious education and many other subjects across the curriculum. They have good opportunities, in many subjects, to reflect on experiences, develop their own opinions, and learn to respect the beliefs of others.

On the days when pupils remain in their tutor groups there is thought for the day. Many of these are of good quality but others are brief and provide little time for pupils to reflect.

Castell Alun High School Fagl Lane Hope
Inspected February 2002
Yes: Regular assemblies are held throughout the week for individual year groups and a weekly assembly, at which the whole school gathers together, provides an inspiring occasion which underlines the school's sense of community.

These assemblies are Christian in character, include participation by pupils and are effective in reinforcing the school's values and celebrating achievement. A "thought for the day" forms part of the morning registration period for those with no designated assembly.

Connah's Quay High School
Inspected January 2005
No: Overall good features outweigh shortcomings in pupils' spiritual development. However, the school does not meet fully the requirements for an act of daily collective worship.

Elfed High School Mill Lane Buckley
Inspected February 2005
Yes.

Hawarden High School The Highway Hawarden
Inspected October 2003
Yes: Year collective acts of worship are based on a theme and are of good standard. They include appropriate readings, prayer, singing, together with a message relevant to pupils' experiences. Good use is made of music at the beginning and end.

Local clergymen and religious groups are regularly invited to take part. Very good use is made of these occasions to celebrate pupils' achievement. On other occasions "Thought and reflection for the day" takes place in tutor groups following whole school guidelines. The best are characterised by positive attitudes from teachers and time for pupils to reflect.

Holywell High School The Strand Holywell
Inspected May 2003
Yes: Assemblies are of a Christian nature, respect and responsibility are emphasised and Christian values as well as the values of other religions are explained. They celebrate pupils' achievement and provide good opportunities for pupils to reflect on current issues and moral dilemmas.

Pupils respond well, are respectful and are very well behaved. The Matrix Club is successful in allowing pupils to reflect on their own experiences and the Christian experience.

John Summers High School Queensferry Deeside
Inspected March 2005
No: The school does not meet statutory requirements for a daily act of collective worship.

St David's High School St David's Terrace Saltney
Inspected February 2005
No: Year collective acts of worship give pupils the opportunities to reflect on respect, care for others and contemporary moral and social issues.

When pupils are not in a year assembly the school has prepared a "thought for the day" for the tutor groups. However, in a minority of groups there was no act of collective worship and the school does not therefore meet statutory requirements.

St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School Albert Avenue
Regular collective acts of worship are held throughout the week. These services include music and participation by pupils and are effective in reinforcing the Christian values in the life and work of the school.

Ysgol Uwchradd Botwnnog
Inspected November 2001
Yes: During the week, all pupils attend four whole-school services and one in their registration form.

Ysgol Uwchradd Dyffryn Nantlle Ffordd y Brenin Pen-y-groes Caernarfon
Inspected March 2004
Yes: Pupils and students' spiritual and moral development is good and their cultural and social development is very good.

Ysgol Uwchradd Glan Y Mr Cardiff Road Pwllheli
Inspected November 2003
Yes: The quality of pupils' spiritual development is enhanced by the act of collective worship that takes place every morning in which spiritual, social and moral messages are conveyed in an atmosphere of respect and devotion.

Ysgol Uwchradd Syr Hugh Owen
Inspected January 2003
Yes: The act of communal worship that occurs according to year groups once a week is Christian by nature and the themes are related effectively to the life and work of the school.

When pupils do not attend year group communal worship, the form tutor conducts the act of worship in the classroom.

Ysgol Uwchradd Tryfan Ln Powys Bangor
Inspected October 2001
Yes: Communal worship is conducted in the school hall for KS3 pupils on two days each week and for KS4 and Y12 and Y13 pupils on two other days. These occasions contribute well to pupils' spiritual development.

Without exception, a pleasant and devout atmosphere is successfully created and pupils from each class in turn take a leading role in the services. On Tuesday, when the pastoral period is held, and on other days when pupils remain in their registration classes, tutors are expected to preside over an act of communal worship.

Some of these services, which include meditation on a special theme or "thought for the day", are of good quality, but others were very brief and lacking in substance.

Ysgol Uwchradd Y Berwyn Y Bala
Inspected May 2002
No: There are instances where no corporate worship is conducted, which is contrary to the statutory requirements.

Ysgol Uwchradd Y Gader Dolgellau
Inspected November 2004
Yes: Despite the fact that the quality of the daily act of communal worship is variable, this aspect of school life makes a valuable contribution to the pupils' spiritual development.

Ysgol Uwchradd Y Moelwyn Heol Wynne
Inspected April 2002
No: On one day a week there is no collective worship and this is contrary to the statutory requirements.

Afon Taf High School Troedyrhiw
Inspected 11 - 15 March 2002
Yes: On the day when pupils remain in their registration classes there is usually a thought for the day. Many of these form assemblies are of good quality but others are brief and provide little time for pupils to reflect.

Bishop Hedley RC High School Royal Crescent Penydarren
Inspected Oct 2001
Yes: The school meets the requirements of the law to provide religious education and a daily act of collective worship.

Cyfarthfa High School Cae Mari Dwn Queen's Road
Inspected February 2003
No: This does not occur in all tutor periods so that the school does not meet the statutory requirement to provide a daily act of collective worship for all pupils.

Pen Y Dre High School Gurnos Estate
Inspected 13 March 2003
No: On days when pupils do not attend an assembly, a "thought for the week" forms part of the tutor period but there are no acts of collective worship. This does not meet statutory requirements.

Caldicot Comprehensive
Inspected Dec 2001
No: Some assemblies were very moving occasions where music and pictures accompanied by sensitive commentary, helped pupils to consider the events of war and the implications for the human condition.

Other assemblies, however, did not challenge pupils to reflect deeply. Registration periods generally lack any spiritual element and the school does not meet statutory requirements with respect to acts of collective worship.

King Henry VIII Comprehensive School Old Hereford Road Abergavenny
Inspected April 2005
Yes: The arrangements for collective worship meet statutory requirements.

Monmouth Comprehensive School
Inspected February 2004
No: All pupils attend one act of collective worship, in the year group, every week. They are Christian in character, themes are effectively related to the life and work of the school and most include a relevant prayer or time to reflect.

Pupils show little respect for the occasion as they enter the hall. There is no music to help create an atmosphere of worship and pupils have no opportunities to contribute. The occasion is well used to celebrate pupils' achievements. On the remaining four days there is no act of collective worship and therefore the school does not meet statutory requirements.

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