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:
This is a local befriending service for the elderly. Each Christmas, the children produce Christmas cards for members – usually about 25. The school has received ‘phone calls from service users to thank the children for thinking about them.
Each year we hold a Harvest festival in school with the proceeds going to Crich Careline.
Singing at local events
The harmony group are regularly asked to sing at local events including Lea Gardens and the well dressing celebrations. We enjoy sharing the joy of Christmas through song at carol concerts and special performances for the elderly.
Crich Stand Remembrance Day Service
All the children walk to Crich Stand for the Remembrance Day service on 11 November. The children join in the prayers, silence, and sing ‘Only Remembered’.
Experience days at St Marys’ church
As a Church of England school, we have very strong links with our local church, St Mary’s in Crich. Throughout the year, the whole school enjoy the opportunity to visit St Mary’s Church, to take part in workshops designed to enable the exploration of a variety of themes. These days are often planned alongside Crich C of E Infant School and Fritchley C of E Primary School. These ‘Experience Days’ at St Mary’s provide invaluable links between the school and church, the whole day being enjoyed and appreciated by both children and adults alike.
Crich Well Dressings
Each year we take part in the Crich Well Dressing celebrations. The school design and create a well dressing which is displayed outside the school. The local community are invited to a service that takes place to bless the well, followed by refreshments.
Whatstandwell Village Carol Concert
This 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. The children from the school entertain the carollers by singing songs and illustrating the Christmas story with readings from the bible.
Alderwasley Village Carol Concert
This is an annual event held at Alderwasley village church. The harmony group sing alongside Whatstandwell village choir, and members of the school community; children and staff give readings.