We pride ourselves on being a happy and caring school where everyone is valued, and children, staff, parents and governors work together to achieve the best in all aspects of school life. Standards and expectations are high in both work and behaviour. Our children respond well to these, they work hard and take pride in their achievements and their school. They are polite and courteous and these qualities are commented on by the many visitors we have to the school.
We have Healthy Schools Status combined with ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ supports our children and their families in establishing and maintaining life-long healthy eating habits. We hold the Green Flag Eco-Schools status, in recognition of our commitment to improving the environment, and we have also achieved the Sing up Silver award, which has helped us become an even stronger school community.
Ofsted described Cranmore as an ‘outstanding school that has an innovative and exciting approach towards constantly improving pupils’ education’. The full report can be found on the Ofsted website (www.ofsted.gov.uk).
We try very hard to make learning real, exciting and relevant to children. We involve them in planning their own learning to a certain degree and we ensure that children know their own strengths and how to improve in any areas for development.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage gives the children here an excellent start to their education and the creative, thematic curriculum continues in Years One and Two. Standards of attainment are well above national average in English, maths and science. As an Infant school all of the staff are experts in teaching very young children. The learning and teaching that happens in these early years is vital because it lays the foundations for everything else that your child will ever learn.
We are a relatively small school, in which the children are all known personally to all of the staff. That means that we support each other, and children have a range of people to turn to. The staff all get to know you as parents or carers very quickly too. This helps us to develop close links between home and school which we see as a vital part of providing the very best for our children.
The ethos of our school is described in more detail later on, but here are some comments from children currently at Cranmore….
‘Our school is nice because people are kind, take turns and help each other’.
‘The teachers are really nice and help you if you get stuck’.
‘It is the best! We do lots of fun things to help us learn’.
‘The school is really good because it has lots of clubs’.
Here are just a few comments from parents …
‘The first time we walked into Cranmore we were immediately impressed by the warm, caring and nurturing atmosphere. A wonderful environment that encourages, allows and stimulates. A fabulous foundation for life’.
‘Excellent school. The staff care for their pupils exceptionally well. There seem to be a lot of differentiated activities to support the learning of all groups of pupils, and pastoral care is also excellent’’.
‘I find the school exemplary and the teaching staff friendly and approachable. My child has developed greatly’.
‘This is an outstanding school. It is a fine example of how other schools should be. Since attending here, my child has been very happy and settled. I am proud that myself and my daughter are part of this school and thank them for all the effort and hard work’.
‘I am well informed about the progress of my children. The school has a lovely atmosphere. I especially like attending the celebration and other assemblies. I also feel the school encourages and gives children lots of opportunities to develop other areas of interest through school clubs’.