Cranbrook C of E Primary

Church Distinctiveness

How do we care for, nurture and educate our children – and in doing so, what messages do we give them? As a Church school  all staff have a unique opportunity to model our Christian values to children and parents.Across the whole school day and across the whole curriculum we can show our pupils how being a Christian makes a difference. Not just in worship and in RE lessons, but in the way we approach everything that goes on in our establishment. In everything we do, in all our documentation, in the school organisation and management it should be obvious that the school is distinctive.

 What makes a good Church school?

A model of excellence is more likely to occur where all members of the school family are committed to the same aims.

A good learning environment includes:

  • a deliberate attempt to link the gospel of Christ with the daily life of the school;
  • an atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance and respect;
  • a sensitivity to individual needs where children's self-esteem and confidence grow and where they feel able to make mistakes without fear of criticism;
  • partnership between adults and children;
  • sensitivity towards the beliefs, hopes and fears of parents;
  • providing stepping stones to and from the community;a curriculum that combines academic rigour with fun, sensitivity and prayerfulness.

Recent comment from Ofsted report June 2015

  • The school’s strong Christian ethos is evident in all areas of the school’s work and this provides many opportunities for the good development of pupils’ social, moral, cultural and spiritual understanding. Pupils spoke maturely to inspectors about how the school’s core values are referred to in a range of lessons and at playtimes. School assemblies link effectively to these core values, for example in a Key Stage 2 assembly, pupils were asked to consider why kindness to others is important and how they might show this in their everyday lives.