Sowing the seeds of learning through Courage, Compassion and Community.
(From the Parable of the Sower Matthew 13:1-23)
Our whole school community was involved in the development of our vision, and we love how it celebrates everything we do at Cranham!
Being focused on the personal and academic growth of our children, the Parable of the Sower (Mathew 13: 1-9 and 18-23) spoke to us as a good basis for the vision. As a rural school, surrounded by farms and woodland, the parable feels close to our hearts on a literal level.
Considering the deeper meaning of the parable, we want to ensure that our children are ready and able to hear the Word of God, and to grow as people and achieve their potential: ‘a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown’. In a busy world with many negative pressures and distractions for young people, we are helping our children to ignore these ‘weeds’ and focus on their academic and spiritual development.
The phrase ‘Sowing the seeds of learning’ reflects our desire to ignite an interest in the world, and a passion for learning, that will be sustained into adulthood. We then felt that it was important to focus in on a small number of core values. Workshops for parents and children led us to an emphasis on compassion for each other and courage, particularly in our learning and transitions. Everyone wanted the strength of our wonderful community to be part of our vision too.
Our Ethos Statement
At Cranham Church of England Primary School we pride ourselves on being a caring family. We aim to uphold Christian values; respecting the beliefs of others, whilst maintaining strong links with the parish church and the local community. We nurture respect, awareness of spirituality and the moral development of each individual.
Core British Values
All schools are required to teach ‘British Values’. We already concentrate on teaching children values and respect, and we promote ‘British Values' alongside our core teachings. We also hold two British values days each year.