What makes us a Christian school?

As a church school we believe that our role is to educate the whole child and that the spiritual growth of our children is as important as their academic development.  We have a well planned curriculum that embraces spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 

As a distinctively Christian school, the principles that underpin everything we do are:

  • Love the Lord Your God
  • Love Your Neighbour as Yourself

We aim to develop six Christian Values in our children:

  • Friendship - good companions and community
  • Hope - assurance that we can rely on God
  • Forgiveness - the joy of a fresh start
  • Thankfulness - knowing that life is a gift
  • Compassion - putting yourself in someone else’s shoes
  • Endurance - not giving up even if things are difficult

These Christian Values feed into our Four Golden Rules:
 

  1. Always try our best in everything we do
  2. Be responsible and respectful
  3. Be kind and caring
  4. Be happy and smile

More information about how our Christian ethos relates to our Four Golden rules and our language for learning can be found here.

We are proud of our strong links with St Nicolas Church and often work closely together.  

We also have links with Cranleigh Baptist Church

We are pleased with the spirituality that thrives in our school community and more details about our provision can be found here.

worship

Current Christian Value (Autumn Half Term ): Hope

Each week these values are explored through our worship underpinning all we seek to achieve in the lives of our children and are central to our vision for the whole school family.  Getting children to think for themselves and ponder ultimate questions is the integral ingredient in our recipe for spiritual development.

Worship is a time enjoyed and anticipated by staff and children alike but this is only achieved by careful planning and resourcing. 

We are visited every Monday in whole school worship by Open the Book, a group of story tellers from different Christian churches, who bring alive the Christian value or theme of the week.  Click here to visit their website for more information.  A team of volunteer storytellers use drama, mime, props, costume and audience participation to present Bible stories in ways that are lively, interactive, engaging and fun.  Recently, our theme was Creation and we were told the story of Adam and Eve being tempted to eat an apple in the Garden of Eden.  It is a fantastic start to our week. 

Tuesday to Thursday worship are by key stage and based around the themes of the week. Class teachers plan interesting ways to experience our themes with lots of laughter and fun and always a chance to join in a song and share a time of reflection or prayer.  At lower school, on alternate Thursdays, worship alternates between being led by the church and teaching staff.  At upper school on Thursdays, the worship alternates between being led by the church and our Worship Club which is comprised of children's representatives from each class-they plan and deliver their own worship based on the theme of the week.

Class worship occurs on Wednesdays and offers an opportunity for children to participate in collective worship in a smaller group setting.  Songs learnt can be traditional as well as ones that link to the theme, often with lyrics to make you think.  Our week is rounded off with our highlight ‘celebratory worship’ reminding everyone of the theme and allowing the children to feel involved and valued through the sharing of their successes.  Parents and carers are always welcome at these sessions.

Through our approach to spirituality we try to inspire and challenge our children, nurturing a positive attitude that leaves a legacy that remains with them.  We believe we have a formula that adds up to something that really multiplies spiritual awareness for everyone in the school both in our worship sessions and throughout the entire curriculum.

Worship news

Easter Pause 2018
On 27 March we paused in our usual timetables to focus on  Easter . This is traditionally a very creative day in our school calendar and we delve deeper into the Christian messages of the Easter story.
For example, Year 1 retold the events using drama and then made hot cross buns. 
Ellie said, " The sky went dark when Jesus died on the cross because he is the light of the world."
Molly -Mae said "We eat hot cross buns to represent Jesus on the cross on Good Friday. This was a time time but when he rose again "
We also enjoyed our wonderful Easter hats and garden parades.  Reverends Roy and Ian, Gabrielle and Andy Turnbull had a very tough task in judging beause they were all of such a high standard.
Thank you for your with these wonderful creations. 
official opening of new prayer shed by Bishop of Dorking -March 2018
Bishop Jo of Dorking recently opened and blessed our new Prayer Shed at upper school. We were very pleased to both welcome her and Jonathon Gambier, Deputy Director of Education from the Diocese of Guildford. Thank you again to the people who made this prayer shed possible:
Mr Batchelor-carpentry and building
The Stanforth family who donated a pew
Cranleigh Lions
PCC, Reverend Roy and Gabrielle Clarke, of St Nicolas Parish, Cranleigh
Friends of Cranleigh C of E Primary (PTA)
and of course our children Grace, Evie and Tia-Lily, who were very creative in their ideas about how they wished the prayer shed to be used and the prayer station activities within.
This was a really fantastic community effort
our new prayer shed - jan 2018
We are very excited to share that our prayer shed is now ready and upper school children will begin to use it for reflection and prayer to further develop spirituality in our children.
We are extremely grateful to the following people who have made this possible through their generous donations:
Cranleigh Lions-£750 grant
The Stanforth family- for a beautiful wooden storage pew for the prayer shed
Cranleigh Primary Friends-£400 for the prayer shed
Mr Batchelor, ABC Building -carpentry
Parochial Church Council at St Nicolas Parish Church Cranleigh-donation for kitting out the shed
Thanks also to Gabrielle , Childrens pastor, and the children of our  Reflection Club who helped to draw  up ideas for the prayer activities.

Latest Church News

Guildford Cathedral Leavers Service June 2017

As we are a church school, our Year 6 attended a Leavers Service at the cathedral, together with pupils from five other primary schools from the Guildford Diocese. They enjoyed four different prayer station activities followed by a servicelead by the Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson.