Cranford Group of Schools
The Cranford Group of Schools is an association of local schools
that work in partnership to coherently support the local community that
they all serve. The group’s success is built on its flexibility. It seeks to join together where this creates a benefit for schools and the community, to work in partnership to gain efficiencies, to share
best practice and encourage on-going school improvement, to learn together and to develop vision through exchange including, for example, in using ICT to aid learning. The Cranford Group of Schools operates at several levels involving a range of secondary and primary schools.
Transforming a community
Investors in People
Cranford Community College has achieved the GOLD standard of Investors in People Award. Less than 1% of businesses and organisations that undergo IIP assessment achieve gold and we achieved this standard by a very clear margin. The report describes Cranford staff as ENTHUSIASTIC, PROFESSIONAL and DRIVEN. It continues ‘Particularly impressive is the range of CPD (Continual Professional Development) activity, the use of people’s skills, the sharing of knowledge and the fact that the school takes account of people’s different learning styles’.
At Cranford Community College nothing stands still
Cranford Community College is graded as 'Outstanding' and is awarded the highest possible grades in every aspect of its work. All 5 key Ofsted judgements are graded as ‘Outstanding’ for Pupil achievement & Progress, Teaching & Learning, Pupil Behaviour, Leadership & Management and Overall Effectiveness.
The school continues to go from strength to strength receiving numerous awards and opportunities in recognition of our work in school and in supporting and transforming our local and
wider community and achieving ‘Outstanding’ in all areas inspected
again by London Challenge.
Outstanding in all areas
SSAT Educational Outcomes Award
Cranford Community College has been nationally recognised for its exceptional 2015 performance by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT). Educational Outcomes data analysis from SSAT has shown that Cranford Community College is in the top 20% nationally for progress made by pupils between their KS2 results at primary school and their KS4 results.
Recognising and sharing successes like this is at the heart of SSAT's mission, so I'm delighted to congratulate Cranford Community College on their achievement.
London Schools Gold Club
Cranford Community College was inducted into Mayor of London's 'Schools Gold Club' at City Hall on 22nd November 2013. Gold Club members are schools that have succeeded in improving pupils' aspirations and achievements in circumstances where other schools have had less success.
The Headteacher’s ambition of creating a first-class education for the local community has been achieved through his passion for setting high standards and aspirations for staff and students
Cranford Community College is a National Support School designated by the National College of Education. The government has established over 500 teaching schools of which Cranford is one, working with other schools to help with their improvement. The network of teaching schools is made up of the very best schools - those which are outstanding in their own performance and have the capacity to support other schools to improve teacher training, professional development and classroom practice.
Cranford's skilled and experienced staff offer support to a range of schools developing teaching and learning and leadership both locally and nationally
National Teaching School
The former Secretary of State, Michael Gove, announced that Cranford Community College as a Teaching School which
will lead an alliance of schools from 1st September 2014. Teaching schools have been designated because of their strong track
record in the collaborative delivery of ITT (Initial Teaching Training), CPD, leadership development, school-to-school support and research
Teaching schools, working with their alliance, will build on their track record of successful delivery
The Healthy Schools Award is awarded to schools in recognition
of their achievements in supporting the health and well-being of their
pupils. The school demonstrates strong evidence of its analysis of pupils’ needs, and identify the actions that will help pupils achieve and maintain good health and wellbeing. This includes one targeted and one school-wide action, which shows the plans and actions that are now being undertaken, how they will be measured, the impact
of the changes over time. The school has shown how its action positively affects children’s health and well-being within and beyond school.
The school has shown how its action positively affects children’s health and well-being within and beyond school
The school was awarded Arts Mark Gold in 2014.
This is in recognition for all the amazing artsbased
activities and events offered and the importance on the arts at Cranford Community College placed as part of a broad and balanced
curriculum, in shaping the lives of our students, the staff and the wider community. The arts have always made a huge contribution to the life and vibrancy of our school and Cranford has a very long legacy of opportunities for young people through the enrichment and extra curriculum programmes offered by the school.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance
of things, but their inward significance.
Leading Edge Partnership Programme
Cranford is a Leading Edge school. The Leading Edge Partnership programme is a national network for high-performing
schools who are committed to working in partnership to raise
achievement through innovation and sharing successful practice and working collaboratively both within and beyond the network. Cranford Community College has gained this designation in light of its continued outstanding work as a high-performing school and is regularly invited to share best practice and support partnership schools in raising standards. In return, other schools in the national
network provide challenge and support from like-minded colleagues that may not be readily available locally.
Science Learning Partnership
Cranford Community College is the lead partner in a newly formed Science Learning Partnership (SLP). The SLP comprises a range of other primary and secondary schools across 7 boroughs providing access to high quality science CPD with a proven impact on teaching and learning to secondary science teachers, technicians and primary teachers in the boroughs.
The Science Learning Network works with Science teachers and technicians to inspire pupils by providing them with a more exciting, intellectually stimulating and relevant science education, enabling them to gain the knowledge and the understanding they need - both as the citizens and as the scientists of the future
Investors in Careers
Cranford Community College has been awarded the Investor in Careers Award in recognition of the whole school commitment to ICEAG (Independent Careers Education Advice & Guidance). A varied diet of in-school workshops, careers fairs, university visits
and employers presentations alongside essential subject guidance and work experience, has enabled Cranford students to make essential career decisions from a position of knowledge.
The future depends on what you do today - Mahatma Ghandi
Challenge Partners is made up of a group of schools and academies, who work together to support each other and lead school improvement both locally and nationally. The Partnership has its roots in the London Challenge programme which developed an approach to school improvement based on school-to-school support and practitioner-led innovation.
Cranford was delighted to be confirmed as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas when inspected in 2014 by an Ofsted Lead Inspector and a team from London Challenge
Cranford Community College is the proud holder of the Cultural Diversity Quality Standard ‘Diamond Award’. Cranford was
one of only 10 schools in the country to successfully achieve this prestigious award at the highest, Diamond, level.. The Diamond Award
represents exceptional achievement - for a school where students can achieve to their very best in an environment that celebrates diversity and nurtures respect.
It is evident that cultural diversity and equality objectives are fully embedded into the school ethos and that the curriculum enables pupils to understand and value diversity and equality and how people can live in a cohesive community
TeachFirst Partner School
Cranford Community College has partnered with Teach First whose mission is to end inequality in education by building a community of exceptional leaders who create change within classrooms, schools and across society. Teach First train and support committed individuals to become inspirational classroom leaders in low-income communities across England and Wales.
They are all dedicated to supporting young people achieve, not just in the classroom, but in life.
International Schools Award
In recognition of Cranford’s International dimension the International Schools Award was presented to the school for a record breaking 5th time. The school’s ethos is very much outward looking with the community, local, regional, national and international at its heart. Internationalism is an integral element in embedding the global experience into the everyday curriculum at every level, through the diverse cultures, languages, religions, technologies, art, music, literature and customs that are represented within the Cranford Community. This in turn provides a rich range of opportunities to broaden the understanding, experience and knowledge of children and young people to grow into global citizens.
World Class Schools
Cranford Community College has been recognised with the World Class School Quality Mark for exceptional standard of education. The award recognises state secondary schools which have gone beyond outstanding, and are exceptional, compared to international standards, with students of a high calibre and world class qualities.
Cranford Community College is one of only 26 schools in the country to have qualified for the final stage of the assessment process, and we look forward to working with them in the coming years.
The TFL STAR (Transport for London School Travel Accredited and Recognised) Accreditation Platinum Schools Award was presented to Cranford in November 2012. The school had already received the Gold Award that same year and had subsequently been nominated as one of 4 schools for the top prize, the Platinum Award. In addition Cranford was awarded ‘Beacon School’ status for cycling initiatives. This was to recognise all the hard work that the school has done to encourage cycling for students and staff.
The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark
Cranford Community College is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for Maths 2015/16. The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance the teaching of Art, English, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Science, regardless of their pupils’ backgrounds or abilities.
We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our Maths department’s innovative work.