Of the schools in our parish we have particularly close links with two, St Luke’s C of E Primary School and Castle School.
St. Luke’s C.E. (A) Primary School is set in extensive grounds in the heart of the parish, just a short distance from St. Luke’s Church. Approximately 170 children attend the school, coming from a broad cross-section of the population and a number of different ethnic backgrounds. A pre-school group meets within the main body of the school.
The ministry team, church-appointed governors and church members work with the children during the course of the school week. They also organise after-school and holiday activities that are well-attended by the children. Currently St Luke's CoE Primary School is seeking to appoint two candidates to the 14 strong Governing Body of the School. The Governors offer support and constructive advice to the School's management team and specifically Foundation Governors have the added requirement to “preserve and develop” the school’s religious characteristics. For more information, please see the Governors section of the School's website.
Children attending Milton Road Primary School and The Grove Primary School, both of which are just outside the parish boundary, also join in activities.
The majority of Year 6 children at St. Luke’s School transfer to Chesterton Community College on completing their time at primary school.
Our parish has a strong link with the Castle School. As they have no hall big enough to seat all pupils and their parents, they come to St Giles’ Church three times a year, for their Easter, Harvest and Christmas services, which are led jointly by the head and a member of the clergy team. These are always very joyful occasions, with much singing and acting; they are appreciated by all who attend them. We also visit the school regularly, to contribute to RE projects and to answer questions.
Mayfield Primary School, also within the parish, is close to St. Augustine’s Church and has links with St. Luke’s Church. A number of the children join in with the various activities provided there. Members of the Ministry team have talked about Christian life and beliefs and have invited classes to guided talks at both St Giles’ and St Luke’s Churches. Musical groups from the school have used St Augustine’s Church for concerts.