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Our Christian Character

Our Christian Faith and its Values, are the foundation of all that we do at Cranfield. Our Christian Ethos and Aims are firmly embedded in our practices, the children’s behaviour towards each other and their learning and the way in which our communities interact with each other. We are proud to have an exceptionally distinctive Christian Character through our active and living knowledge of Christianity for our families and children. Our understanding of biblical teaching gives an experiential, full and rich education for our children!

We warmly welcome children, families and staff of all faiths and none. Our atmosphere of inclusivity, purpose, love and forgiveness is commented on by our staff, children, parents and visitors to our school. We celebrate and feel blessed by our cultural diversity! This is because of the strength of our Christian Character; the golden thread that runs through the heart of our school.

Worship is a foundation of our day. As we join together to worship and give thanks, a respect of personal belief is inherent. At our times of Worship we come together to...

be together,

pause and be still,

reflect and pray,

celebrate and shine,

worship and sing.

Children are invited to pray about or reflect on the stories we are sharing. Prayers or reflections can give thanks, say sorry for a mistaken choice in our interactions with others and to pray for someone else for the help and support they may need. We worship with our Vicar and our Methodist Bible Group, Open the Book, regularly. Both give an alternative dimension to our worship and develop our understanding of our Anglican faith. During our Worship together, there is a great sense of respect, trust and celebration which is carried through our daily lives at Cranfield.

Our detailed policies lead our practices and have been developed between staff and governors which ensure that they truly become embedded. All staff and Governors feel ownership of our school and the opportunity we have to make such a positive impact on our children’s lives and futures; a true privilege! As proverbs 22:6 guides us ‘train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it’.

Through our behaviour management we commit to the Gospel’s message of forgiveness and work with children who have made the wrong choice to ‘make things right’. We support those children who would forgive their peers for the wrong doing and encourage both children in moving forward. Our active work on living and believing in our Christian Values has made instances where this happens rare. Ephesians 4:32 teaches us ‘Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you’. Indeed, our children’s behaviour is Outstanding as a result of this!

The potential for all of children to succeed is a core belief at Cranfield. Each individual child’s progress is valued and monitored closely to ensure they achieve their full potential. From our inviting learning environments to our topics that inspire awe and wonder and encourage creativity of thinking, solving and constructing, we are proud of the Christian provision of education we offer to our children.

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