OUTREACH TO YOUNG PEOPLE
The Parochial Church Council and the congregation are striving to increase their engagement with young people through close links with the village school, and by providing activities for young people during the school summer holiday. The PCC has adopted the Diocesan Child Protection Policy and all youth workers have appropriate clearance.
Cranwell Primary (Foundation) School. In 1965, the parish's single class, all age, church school and the RAF's Aerodrome School were amalgamated to form Cranwell County Primary School. The school became a grant maintained school and is now a Foundation School. The school has been rated by OFSTED as outstanding. The Governing Body includes three Community Governors: one nominated by the Parish Council, one by the RAF and one by the Parish Church. Although the school is not a church school, the Bishop of Grantham presided over the school's fortieth anniversary in 2005.
Leaders for the weekly whole school assembly are drawn from a roster that includes all the RAF padres, the parish priest, and the reader. The school roll is about 320 but the constant postings of military families results in a 30% to 40% turnover each year. The school has developed special techniques to counteract the turbulence and achieves outstanding results much above the national average. Rarely granted to a primary school, Cranwell School has been awarded the Arts Mark Gold.
The school's ethnic mix is mostly white British children but can have American, French or Arabic children when certain courses are running at the RAF College. There are no racial tensions. The links between the school and the church are very strong and welcomed by both governors and PCC. The school participates in many church social and fund raising events such as the annual fete.
A recent innovation has been the addition of a monthly "play" during assembly when a small team from the Church acts out a Bible story using the "Open the Book" program. The program is OFSTED approved and is very popular with the children and welcomed by the staff.
The village also has a pre-school setting, the "Romper Room" and the Romper Room is regularly visited by the Reader.The Summer Holiday Activities.
During the school summer break the PCC organises, funds or obtains funding, activities for younger local children on Mondays. Numbers attending vary between 20 to 60. All activities are free of charge for young people. A typical programme would include:
A children's entertainer and organized ball games with help from the Police Community Support Officers.
An afernoon of crafts with as much sticking and painting as you can imagine!
A circus entertainer in the Village Hall to teach circus skills such as juggling, stilt walking and tightrope walking.
A coach trip to a local attraction.