Cranfield

Close
Close

Our Worship and Values

What is the intent of Worship and Values? 

Worship at Cranfield Church of England Academy enables all members of our family, of all faiths and none, to  flourish spiritually and reflect deeply within the aims of our Christian vision; ‘life in all its fullness’.

Christian Values guide our thinking and behaviour at Cranfield Church of England Academy. They underpin and combine with our Christian worship to ensure that socially and morally our children are enabled to flourish in their lives in modern society.

How is Worship and Values implemented in our school? 

Collective Worship is the heartbeat of our school’s life and is centred around our Christian Vision of enabling life in all its fullness through enjoyment, achievement, learning and Living God’s Love. Each month, a Christian Value is  taught through a chosen bible verse, stories and other approaches to teaching these important messages. Our worship offers opportunity for those of all faiths and none to engage, reflect and pray but delivery can vary to appeal to different spiritual tempraments. Our daily prayers begin each worship and remind us of the four strands of the Church of England’s Vision for Education – Hope, Wisdom, Dignity and Community. Our Christian Vision and ethos of ‘life in all its fullness’ is richly achieved because our whole school team are committed to weaving the messages learnt into their school day.

At Cranfield Academy we enable pupils to play an active role in collective worship. The Worship Team at each site meet once a week to plan ideas and evaluate collective worship for children in Reception to Year 4. In these worship assemblies the children take responsibility for setting up, gathering, welcoming, reflecting and responding to a given message. Children lead prayers and encourage children from all faiths to reflect on their own beliefs. All pupils consider what they have learnt during collective worship, then reflect upon how they could change their behaviours, values and attitudes and apply them to their everyday lives. Each classroom has its own Prayer/Reflection area, which invites children of all faiths or none to develop their own sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose in an inclusive and safe environment.   

Below, you can view or download our Worship Pathways to view how each of our monthly values messages has evolved through our weekly worship time.

 

What is Values-based Education?   

Click on the image above to find out about our 'Enhanced' Values Status!

Our Values based education strives to create a strong learning environment that enhances academic attainment, and develops students' social and relationship skills that last throughout their lives. The positive learning environment is achieved through the positive values modelled by staff throughout the school.  It also provides social capacity to students, equipping them with social and relationship skills, intelligences and attitudes to succeed at school and throughout their lives.

"Values make us better people, values are things that we learn and study about. - Ewan & Ava, Year 3".
"Values Education encourages pupils to take greater responsibility for their behaviour and learning."                                                      (Neil Hawkes, 2003)

Our values, which are considered in depth during assemblies and throughout our day, also have a positive impact on our pupils' learning and our school community. The ethos of this education supports and encourages us all to celebrate success, promote high self-esteem and support reflection. This is successful because our whole school team are committed to weaving the principles into their school day.

We draw our values from the ‘Collective Worship’ Programme from St. Albans Diocese, each of which has a bible reading linked to it. This maintains a focus for our Christian Ethos. These Core Christian values contribute ‘effectively to the curriculum and underpin the outstanding quality of care.

"Values are what make the world a happier place. Values are important." Amelia C - Former Pupil
"Values are a guide which make me a  better learner and a better person to be." - Shriya - Former Pupil

The values we are focusing on each month are shown on our website, in our Twitter feed, in our weekly update letters, in our half-termly newsletters and in our Home School Links!

"Values help us to be kind and to be better people!" - Mikey, Kyra, Daisy & Aidan - Former Pupils

Which values are you learning about this year? 

Month

Value

Month

Value

September

Respect

March

Trust

October

Patience & Perseverance April Hope

November

Honesty May Happiness

December

Generosity June Unity

January

Responsibility July Thankfulness

February

Love and Caring

How can I celebrate my child showing their values beyond the school?

"Values are what make me this kind of person. Values are like your DNA." - Ridley, Former Pupil
 

 Click here to view our Worship and Values Policy