Valuing Our Distinctly Christian Ethos
Guided by Christian and British values, we maintain that learning should be an exciting and enjoyable experience for everyone (adults and children); it should be fun and interactive, challenging and celebratory so a love for learning deepens.
Our Christian values support our spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as we grow and learn together in a happy, safe, aspirational environment. Through God’s example, we celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and endeavour to unlock their full potential. We inspire and enable our children to contribute to and thrive in a diverse society through promoting the following core values:
Kindness, Peace, Hope, Forgiveness and Respect
In so doing, our vision is that our whole community will actively demonstrate: “Let all that you do be done with love” so that all may flourish and succeed.
Our Vision Explained
“Let all that you do be done with love” (1 Corinthians 16:14) so that all may flourish and succeed.
Our strong sense of community and collaboration ensures that happiness, fulfilment and wellbeing are at the forefront of our work, so that children know they are loved by God and in turn grow to love learning, to love life and to love others. Our ambition is for all our children and school community to use their talents and gifts for the common good so that they may live life in all its fullness.
Our vision is rooted in the letters from Paul to the Corinthians. In the lengthy letter, 1 Corinthians 16:14, Paul gives the believers many instructions for how to live in the world as Christians and how to handle many difficult issues they had been facing.
Paul speaks of God's unconditional love and gives examples of what love is in chapter 13, which is often read at weddings but has an application on every day of a Christian’s life: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
Our vision also links to the vision of Rise Multi-Academy Trust, The Leicester Diocese Board of Education vision and the Church of England's vision for education.
Collective Worship at Croxton Kerrial
Collective Worship is a very important part of our day to share our vision and values through recognising the love of God.
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We aim to provide a variety of different experiences for our children so that they learn to love one another, love life and love God. We do this through play, song, prayer, dance, drama, worship, cooking, meal times, outdoor adventures, books, visits, conversation, technology, community events, visitors, charity work, the curriculum and so much more. You will see a snapshot of this throughout our website.
Spirituality at Our School
Spiritual development relates to the quest for individual identity and the search for meaning and purpose in our existence. It leads towards the understanding of self and others; the natural world and beyond; how to love and be loved. It has to do with feelings, emotions, attitudes and beliefs: things that we care about, things that move us, things we are curious about and love. It is not linked solely to a particular religion, doctrine or faith. It is something we experience on a personal level.
Spiritual development is therefore accessible to everyone.
Children’s spiritual development is fostered through all aspects of our provision and can be tangible in the following ways:
Through prayer and worship
Light a candle
Whenever we worship together, be it in church or at school, we create a spiritual experience for the children and staff by lighting a candle. The peacefulness of the light helps us to think deeply about what matters most to us.
The Church of England Society introduced a virtual candle during the pandemic and it continues to be available for those who need a quiet moment of reflection. By lighting a virtual candle, you can make a space to pray.
You can light a candle online to pray for yourself, for a loved one or for a situation by clicking on the picture below . Whatever is going on, make space to pray in your life.
We were very pleased with our last SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) Report which took place in June 2015. The judgements made were:
The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Croxton Kerrial as a Church of England school are outstanding.
The strong leadership of the headteacher is based upon a clear Christian vision and ensures all learners achieve academically and personally.
Christian values are firmly established and impact on all aspects of the school’s work and the school community.
Church and school links are excellent and benefit the children, their families, and the wider community.
The school works in close partnerships with parents.
Leaders have made positive decisions to ensure the future of this church school.
Some points made in the inspection include:
The school’s strong Christian vision to ‘inspire a love of learning’ using Christian values and building a relationship with God, is understood and valued by all and is said to make ‘Croxton a special place’. Christian values are evident in all aspects of the school’s work and all members of the school community describe the significant impact they have upon behaviour, relationships, and achievement.
Behaviour is outstanding and children treat each other with respect and care. Attendance is very good and leaders report ‘children love learning, they want to be in school’.
Parents value the care and concern shown for each child and for the whole community, describing it as ‘family like’. Pupils state ‘our school is a peaceful school; we are all friends.’
This is a school where ‘children feel valued’ and the needs of all learners are well met. Staff know their pupils well, they pay particular attention to individual needs and work closely with parents and outside agencies. As a result, the attainment and progress of all learners is good when compared to the national picture.
The full report can be read below.