An integral part of our community
We are a village school and, as such, the school is an integral part of our local community. We aim to provide our children with:
A caring and safe environment so that they can enjoy learning and feel a sense of ownership for their school and the local community.
A broad and balanced curriculum, enriched with varied activities and experiences both within the school itself and the wider community.
Active and ongoing involvement by the children with our local community is essential to delivering against both of these aims and which is illustrated by the following examples:
Crich Careline is a local befriending service for the elderly. Each Christmas, the children produce Christmas cards for service users and the school has received ‘phone calls from them to thank the children for thinking about them.
In the past some of our children entertained some of the Careline members and volunteers at the Weslyan chapel in Crich. It was a good, old-fashioned singsong with favourite tunes from the past.
We have a group of parents at our school known as the 'Friends of Crich Carr' and they take it upon themselves to organise the annual MacMillan Coffee Morning which is held in the school house. Neighbours of our school, parents and other family members are all very welcome to attend this event. Parents donate cakes and refeshments and all the money raised is donated to this MacMillan Cancer Support.
A Harvest Festival display
Our Harvest Festival takes place during the Autumn term, with a fantastic range of produce usually being donated by parents, friends and families.
Unfortunately this year, due to COVID 19 no produce will be donated but each class will be celebrating 'Harvest time' in their own special way.
Remembrance Day Services
All the children normally walk to Crich Stand for the Remembrance Day service on 11 November.
The children join in the prayers and sing ‘Only Remembered’.
On the way to The Stand, the school has the privilege of having its own flower barrel, bearing the school’s name, donated by the Worcester Foresters Regimental Association.
Easter Experience Workshops at St Mary’s Church
The whole school have the opportunity to visit St Mary’s Church, Crich, to take part in workshops designed to enable the exploration of an Easter theme. All the children work thoughtfully and make the most of the opportunities for reflection that the various workshops facilitate. These ‘Experience Days’ at St Mary’s provide invaluable links between the schools and church; the whole day being enjoyed and appreciated by both children and adults alike.
Whatstandwell Village Carol Concerts
The Village Carol Concert is held in school every year. It serves as an excellent way of bringing the school and the wider community together in a festive celebration. Children from the school entertained the carollers by singing songs and illustrating the Christmas story with readings from the bible.
Crich Parish Well Dressings
Each year our school takes an active part in the Crich Parish Well Dressings. A theme is decided upon by the Crich Parish Well Dressings Committee and all the children at our school take part in the design and dressing of the 'Well'. Donations of flower petals, leaves and other natural products are all gratefully received and then are magically turned into an amazing 'Well' . The children are all so eager to take part in this and the outcome is truly amazing.