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. 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.
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.
Chesterton Community College is a state non-selective mixed school for pupils aged 11 to 16. Over 90 languages are spoken by Chesterton pupils and over 25% of pupils come from homes where English is not the first language. The staff comprises over 50 teachers, 60 community tutors and 50 support staff. The college received the Investors in People Award in July 1999. The College provides a range of community education to the county, with over 3000 members of the local community using the site each week. At the last Ofsted inspection on 7 July 2017, Chesterton received '1' (Outstanding) mark in all areas of its standards.