Our Church & SIAMs
Our ChurchSt Peter & St Pauls
St Peter and St Paul Parish Church plays a key role in Cranfield Church of England Academy, of which we are very proud. We have weekly worship in the church for each key stage to which the parents are invited. Rev. Hugh Symes – Thompson is also a regular and popular visitor to the school. He regularly leads worship for the whole school and this is so popular that we have had to recently ask him to visit more often. Rev Hugh also works with the staff to support them in their delivery of Religious Education lessons. For the key Christian festivals; Harvest, Christmas and Easter, we have distinctive services. In particular, at Christmas, we hold a Carol service after school where parents and other stake holders are invited to join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus. We are very proud of the singing in our school and these services are a chance to show off our talents.
The stone church was built sometime towards the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th century. This would have purely been a nave and chancel. However, by the middle of the 13th century the village had grown so much that the church had to be enlarged. The original bell tower was added to in the 15th century. The church building itself was built mainly in the 13th century of limestone in a style of architecture known as Early English. In Saxon times, there was certainly a village and the church may have simply been a wood and thatch building. Cranfield village was mentioned as early as 918 when Ailwyn Niger gave the Manor of Cranfieldinga to the monks of Ramsey Abbey. The villagers worked for the Abbot in return for their land. The Saxon word ‘field’ or ‘feld’ means a ‘clearing in the forest’. So Cranfield is a forest clearing occupied by cranes; hence our school logo.
The National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend our school.
The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Cranfield Church of England Academy...as a Church of England school are outstanding.