Crich Carr Church of England Primary School is a voluntary controlled Church of England primary school. We are 1 of 111 Church Schools in the Derby Diocese.
The Church of England has set out a clear vision for education (Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good) in which it states:
“There are fundamental reasons, rooted in the Bible, which have motivated centuries of Christian involvement in schooling in this country and around the world. The God of all creation is concerned with everything related to education… Our vision encompasses the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children and young people. We offer a vision of human flourishing for all, one that embraces excellence and academic rigour, buts sets them in a wider framework. This is worked out theologically and educationally through four basic elements which permeate our vision for education; Wisdom; Hope; Community and Dignity.”
Our Christian Values are at the center of everything we do at Crich Carr C of E primary school. They help us to live out our Christian Vision of ‘life in all its fullness’.
Each half term, we focus on a different Christian Value. This is done explicitly through our Collective Worship time, but also throughout our curriculum. Children have regular opportunities to reflect on each value and to develop an understanding of the Value in action. Stories from the Bible help us to reflect on and reinforce our understanding of these values.
We have very close links with our local church; St Mary’s in Crich. The Vicar and other members of the Church community come into school to lead Collective Worship on a regular basis. We also visit St Mary’s Church throughout the year for special times in the Christian calendar and for ‘experience days’.
The children take part in daily Collective Worship: a special time when the whole school gathers to reflect and worship. It is broadly Christian but can also include contributions from other main religions. This may involve listening to stories, engaging in drama, taking on the role of different characters and singing. Once a week, we have hymn-singing sessions. On a Friday, we also have a special Collective Worship when we celebrate the wonderful talents that God has blessed us with.
Representatives from Valley CIDS (Christians in Derbyshire Schools) also come into our school each term to take Collective Worship and lead Religious Education lessons.