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Christ The Sower Ecumenical Primary School
Singleton Drive, Grange Farm, MK8 0PZ, UK Milton Keynes
+44 (0)1908 867356

Benson Bear - standingWELCOME!!!


Christ the Sower School is...

  • a school where we use our understanding and experience of the God we know through Jesus Christ to shape our policies and practices

  • dedicated to the well-being of the local community, being open to and respecting its diversity of faiths and lifestyles

'values' tree in welcome areaWe aim to involve as many people as possible in building our vision, so this is always a work in progress. However, we are working towards a school where…

  • we recognise and develop the potential of each person

  • we are motivated by love, trust and hope, not fear, and are therefore ready to seek and offer forgiveness

  • school, local community and church work together

  • lifelong learning and a love of learning are at the heart of our work

  • learners are ‘fearless - able to develop ideas with others and on their own without being afraid of making mistakes

  • we celebrate life and diversity and so develop a shared understanding of what we value

  • we are creative

  • we share what we have with one another

  • we are committed to openness and honesty

  • we enjoy childhood

  • we welcome all equally

Many people ask about the name ‘Christ the Sower’. Where does it come from? What does it mean?

picture of Christ sowing seedsIt comes from one of the many brief but intriguing stories that Jesus was famous for. He tells of a farmer who was sowing seed on his land. No efficient machines in those days, of course. Seed was scattered by hand. The story goes that some of the seed fell on the path, some on stony ground, some among weeds. Little came of it. But some fell on good soil and produced a harvest beyond the farmer’s dreams. Over the years people came to identify Jesus with the sower who found the rich soil where the seed could grow and flourish. Even later, someone painted an icon portraying the story.

The name ‘Christ the Sower’ was chosen because, through its origins in this story, it speaks about growth and transformation. We think our school is about both of these, providing a rich environment where children - and adults, too - can grow and flourish. There’s also an agricultural link. Our site in Grange Farm was, not so long ago, producing crops on good North Buckinghamshire soil. Some of the people who lived and worked there, and who had to leave when Milton Keynes was built, still live in the area. Through the name, we remember the sacrifices that people had to make to turn the planners’ dreams into reality.

The story lives on. We are finding many different levels of meaning in it. We’re hoping that an artist will work with our children to explore the images contained in it and that the design for a special window will emerge.

We aim to:
  • develop our children’s independence
  • allow them to take ownership and responsibility for their own learning
  • make our children part of the decision process through a School Council
  • provide our children with real life experiences
  • give them access to outside expertise to increase further their knowledge and understanding
  • make learning an inspiring and enjoyable experience


The curriculum for our Foundation Stage classes is based on the Government’s Foundation Stage Curriculum Guidance. It is sub-divided into six key areas of learning, commonly referred to as Early Learning Goals:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

Play is a natural way in which children learn. We feel it is an important part of every child’s life and crucial to their development. Our young children will all have opportunities for high-quality play experiences that will encourage their independence and promote self-esteem.

Shortly after the children have settled into school, the Foundation Stage team will assess the children to find out about their knowledge and abilities so that their learning needs can be met. This assessment will take place throughout day to day classroom activities and the children are unaware of the process. Parents and teachers will have the opportunity to discuss the assessment and all other areas of your child’s development at the Parent Consultation Evenings throughout the year.

The children in years one to six will study units of work from the National Curriculum in the following subject areas:

photo of KS2 childrenCore subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

Foundation subjects:

  • Design technology
  • Art
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Physical education

Religious education (RE) and personal, social and health education (PHSE) will also be taught.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development will be taught throughout the curriculum.


At full capacity we will be educating children from 3 to 11 years old. Christ the Sower will be a two form entry school, providing 420 school places and 78 part time nursery places. As from the beginning of the Autumn Term 2007 we have fourteen classes (from Foundation 1 to Year 6).  Numbers on the roll will continue to rise over the next few years as the housing in the local area is completed and the population grows.


As from September 2007

Foundation 1 (Daisy) Mrs Kathy Rudiger 3-4 years old
Foundation 2 (Sunflower) Mrs Julie Whitehead 4-5 years old
Foundation 2 (Poppy) Miss Sarah Brown 4-5 years old
Year 1 (Thistle) Mrs Sian Moulder 5-6 years old
Year 1 (Conker) Mrs Marian Bradley 5-6 years old
Year 2 (Pumpkin) Miss Paula Thomas 6-7 years old
Year 2 (Acorn) Miss Jane Willis 6-7 years old
Year 3 (Clover) Mr Ian Fraser 7-8 years old
Year 3 (Mustard) Mrs Monica Mortimer 7-8 years old
Year 4 (Teasel) Mrs Clare Hartley 8-9 years old
Year 4 (Rosehip) Miss Lucy Sladdin 8-9 years old
Year 5 (Catkin) Miss Cheryl Meakin 9-10 years old
Year 5 (Sycamore) Mr Alec Grose 9-10 years old

Extra-curricular activities take place each term. Staff and other adults volunteer to run lunchtime and after-school clubs. Further details are available at the beginning of each  term. Clubs currently running include; singing, reading, drama, cooking. 'Physi kids', and modern dance.

There is also an after school club for all children run by CtS, this is called "Allsorts". The Play Leader is Lauren Molyneux and she can be contacted on 07843286362. Alternatively drop into the school office to pick up a registration form.

This club operates high quality child care provision in the school between the hours of 3-6pm each evening during term time.


We want Christ the Sower School to be at the heart of the community it serves in Grange Farm, Medbourne and Oakhill.

We will have a modern, exciting building with superb facilities. While its main use is for the education of our children, it is also a resource for life-long learning and well-being in the wider community. We’ll be looking for ways to maximise its potential.

We want to encourage opportunities for people to meet and get to know each other. So we’ll be linking up with other community groups wherever we can share a common vision, have some fun, and build up ‘social capital’.

We also want to link you to sources of information that you might find helpful. Milton Keynes Council and Partners have launched a new way to find information about services and support available to children, young people and families in Milton Keynes. Go to for a listing of services available and how to make use of them.

If you have ideas on how our community page could develop, then please contact us.


Everyone needs a space to connect with their soul, who they really are. So these pages are our ‘soul space’, helping us to reflect, pray and connect with God through some available resources.

photo of lily pond

We value your prayers for us and we would like to pray for you, too.

Christ the Sower School prayer calendar is published termly, three times a year. If you want to receive a copy highlighting people, events and topics for your prayers month by month then please click here

A prayer for the school:

Source of all being,
you have put a piece of your creation into our hands
so that we can love it into life.

We know we need your help and guidance
to make it grow.
Thank you for entrusting us with this task.

Safeguard our vision of a garden
filled with rainbow flowers,
overflowing with fantastic fruits;
an oasis around a bubbling spring.

Make us wise as we feed and protect,
as we shape and prune.
Reveal the secrets of sustainability;
help us to respect the limits you set.

So may we create a gift
for the people you love;
a place of peace, of enjoyment,
of learning, of life;
in the name of Jesus Christ.

For your prayer concerns, come into the school and write prayer ‘leaves’ to add to our prayer tree in the welcome area. We will offer these prayers at our weekly communion service which takes place in Soul Space on Fridays during term time at 7:30am. All are welcome to this short (half-hour) service.

Christ the Sower School is supported by four Christian denominations (Church of England Oxford Diocese, the Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and the Baptist Union), the Watling Valley Ecumenical Partnership and the Mission Partnership of the Milton Keynes Churches Council.

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"Taste and See"

On Thursday 21st June Watling Valley held a rather special taster event called ‘Taste and See’ in school. ‘Taste and See’ is a very informal type of worship for families allowing children and parents/carers to spend time together, enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to get to know new friends. 

Luke Whitney one of our Year 6 welcomers has written the following review of the event:

The CtS Earths Creation Service

At the start of the service the year 6 welcomers welcomed the guests, handed them a leaflet and gave them a sticker to show they were here for the service.

After people had been welcomed they went into the hall.  In the hall there were different activities each representing one of the days of creation.  These are the activities; you could draw a sea creature in the sand, make a person with pipe cleaners or play dough and take some cress seeds in a pot to grow at home.  As well as activities you could have something to eat.

Near the end of the service after every one had been going round enjoying the activities we read a prayer with different sections about the 7 days of creation then we all went home in a calm mood. 

By Luke Whitney (one of the welcomers)


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