Stories + Views
Learning to be a local church school for all
Last year I moved to be head of a large maintained primary school in Milton Keynes, where there is huge mobility and growth – especially on the west flank of the city where we work. Our school – Christ the Sower Ecumenical Primary – has a fantastic, fully comprehensive and locally-rooted admissions policy, which we are really proud of, and which enables us as Christian educators to be a proper church school i.e. one that is open to and available to all, and which challenges us to put Jesus’ teaching into practice not just for those who love him and attend local churches, but for anyone who needs educating and who lives nearby. This also gives us a wonderful population of parents and children who speak over 25 languages and who come from as many countries, who are our greatest resource. I just think that localism in virtually any area of life (Just where does your supermarket get its food? Does your MP live in your constituency? Do you teach about your local history in your school?) is to be striven for and applauded, and that local accountability is generally better than being linked by an iron band to the Department of Education. So, no plans to convert to an academy, then.