Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop the religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church at parish and diocesan level.
The school aims to serve its community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice, it encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers all its pupils.
Gainford CE welcomes all, and reveres and respects all members of the diverse community as individuals who are known and loved by God.
The aim of the school
To provide a safe, welcoming and happy Christian school, set within both the local and global community where academic potential is fulfilled and positive values are nurtured.
The school aims to serve the communities of which it is a part,
a). by exciting a sense of wonder at the world;
b). by developing intellectual curiosity about the sum of human knowledge
c). by encouraging all pupils to excel in as many areas of life as possible;
d). by stimulating an awareness and understanding of the Christian story,
particularly as it is focused in the life of Jesus Christ;
e). by being a community in which relationships of trust and forgiveness are
expected of all.
In all these ways the school works to be faithful to its foundation as a school within the Christian tradition as understood by the Church of England, but in the context of the evolving circumstances of life today.
Excerpts from July 2015 Ofsted Inspection
“Pupils are very happy at school. Warm and trusting relationships underpin the enjoyment of learning and pupils’ sense of being safe and valued. As a result behaviour is excellent”
“Parents have full confidence in the school to look after their children”
“Everyone is included and respected”
“The school’s creative approach to topics provides exciting learning opportunities which inspire pupils and contribute strongly to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as their awareness of British values”
“Leadership is highly effective at all levels”
“Pupils of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well”
“A relentless focus on improving reading, writing and mathematics has been very successful”