Performance, Participation and Provision
This is Cransley: a small but ambitious sporting school.
A school who’s our core values are to ‘seek excellence’, ‘nurture relationships and ‘venture beyond’.
In Sport, these values are translated into ‘Performance’, ‘Provision’ and ‘Participation’.
Cransley reflects and acknowledges of the benefits of Sport in pupil wellbeing and in complementing academic excellence. It also recognises the social need to provide boys and particularly girls from 4-16, with the necessary skills to apply themselves - creatively, personally and academically - in order to build the confidence, collaboration and self presentation to continue that drive into the wider world.
For a small school, we punch above our weight, with high-performance individual regional, national and even Great British sporting champions here amongst our pupils.
Out of 92 Senior pupils, we have fourteen that have represented their chosen sport at county level and/or ISA North at national level, three of which have been national champions.
Such elite athletes require elite coaching programmes, and the school must take heed of these opportunities in balance with sound academic support. As a consequence, pupils are supported by the school in maintaining academic progress alongside training commitments, through individual provision of tasks, development of individual learning plans and facilitating catch-up sessions. The School even generates appropriate publicity to allow for future sponsorship.
The development of a £100k Sports Pavilion has promoted and fulfilled the aims of Cransley School to provide its pupils with essential and relevant skills to seek excellence individually and in team-play across a range of sporting disciplines.
The project has and will benefit all of our pupils who use the Pavilion and the grounds for games, and will go a long way to enhancing the playing experience for all of our young sportsmen and women in our major sports.
It also allows a resource for community partners (local adult teams and local small rural primary schools) to use our facilities after school and at weekends to hold fixtures, which would otherwise be impossible.
The funds, of course, were raised through a series of sporting events – from indoor rowing around the UK, to a sponsored swim and 5k Park run, to a series of parents’ Karting, Golf and 5-a-side football championships.
With resources that are developing quickly, we offer an extensive curricular extra-curricular programme over a range of sporting activities across different age groups from 4 to 16, including athletics, football, rugby, netball, rounders, rowing (indoor and outdoor), gymnastics, judo, fencing, dance, tennis, cross-country, table-tennis, swimming, cycling and chess.
All children are taught by specialist PE teachers from EYFS through to year 11 and, with this, comes an exceptional rate of participation and progress, with individual fitness programmes available on request from pupils and families alike.
Despite these two members of staff being part-time, we enter the local state school leagues, ISA competitions and festivals, AJIS and have fixtures against state and independent schools across the key stages across a range of disciplines, and even host the ISA North Junior rounders competition.
All pupils must participate in two or more clubs during lunchtime or afterschool. As a small school, if you are selected to play then they are expected to play.
As a result, during their school life the majority of pupils will have represented school at some point, and all would have participated in the organisation around the team.
“Cransley is so unique, and supportive of all students in Sport. A way will always be found for it to appeal to everyone, and Sports Day is an excellent example of this. The whole school comes together, from award-winning national-level athletes to those, like my young son, who’s greatest achievement is simply catching a ball!” Year 1 Parent
Even amongst our parents, we have great sportsman and women from the past, and we all enjoy staff vs. parents football, netball and rugby games. Next year, a squad of ten staff and parents will join the Headmaster at the Great Cheshire Triathlon.