in Schools

Our Approach

CROPS resources schools in the areas of SMSC, syllabus input (RE/Philosophy & Ethics), as well as providing pastoral support to young people. We have been working in a wide range of primary and secondary schools in the Greater Peterborough area since 1989.

We fully subscribe to the guidance and code of conduct, “Religious Believers Visiting Schools”, published by the National Association of Teachers in Religious Education (NATRE) in 2007.

The resources we offer can provide valuable information, education and support to schools in fulfilling their aims.

In our approach to education we seek to understand and work within agreed curriculum frameworks and guidelines, published nationally or locally. In our contribution to Religious education and SMSC we seek to assist pupils to evaluate Christianity as a way of life by:

  • Helping them to understand basic Christian beliefs
  • Explaining the relevance of Christianity to various areas of life
  • Illustrating the difference that having a Christian faith makes
  • Assisting pupils in forming and/or clarifying their personal values
  • Providing a positive experience of meeting Christians

What We Offer

CROPS currently provides a number of resources to primary and secondary schools for example:

  • Thought provoking assemblies for primary and secondary schools
  • Spiritual Development resources for collapsed timetable days such as 'Breathe' (ideal for secondary SMSC or RE).
  • 'Walk Thru The Bible' series of lessons for Primary Schools using storytelling/drama to teach the storyline of the old and new testaments of the Bible.
  • It's Your Move - transition to secondary school presentation for Year 6 pupils.
  • Mentoring for young people in secondary schools with specific identified needs (working alongside school pastoral teams)
  • Hosting unique RE resources such as the 'GSUS LIVE' multimedia mobile classroom - that explores the teaching of Jesus.

Matt Wild

Matt is the Director of CROPS and heads up our secondary schools work. He is available as a speaker for assemblies and to lead spiritual development days with our Breathe Resource and Open Resource.

Chris Wild

Chris is our Mentoring Lead developing our work with local secondary schools to support the pastoral needs of young people. Chris is oversees the training and management of our volunteer mentors as well as being a mentor in schools himself.

Rachel Jessup

Rachel leads CROPS' Primary Schools work. She has over 18 years experience working in Primary Schools delivering engaging assemblies, RE lessons and running lunchtime clubs. She is a creative storyteller and is an accredited 'Walk Thru the Bible' presenter.

Sheila Bucknell

As well as being secretary to the Trustees and our office administrator Sheila has spent the last 5 years working as a CROPS mentor in a local secondary school.

Nathanael Grenfell

Nathanael is currently spending his gap year with CROPS working as a part of the CROPS team. Nathanael's role involves administration , working alongside us in schools and events plus overseeing our social media.

Richard Kean

Richard, a qualified primary school teacher, is part of our Primary Schools team helping to deliver quality Old Testament lessons as part of the 'Walk Thru the Bible' presenter team.

CROPS visit our assemblies each term to share a Christian message in a manner that is relevant and engaging for young people of all faiths and none.
Kevin Hartley, Assistant Principal, Nene Park Academy

How We Are Funded

All that we do is made possible through the generosity of the individuals, churches and charitable trusts that support our work. If you wish to donate to our work please contact us to talk this through. We can supply a list of suggested donations for resources we bring into school.

Breathe in action