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:
- Always try our best in everything we do
- Be responsible and respectful
- Be kind and caring
- 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.
Current Christian Value (Spring Half Term ): Forgiveness
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.
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.