Conquering core skills in the ABC years

Conquering core skills in the ABC yearsAs our students leave nursery and elevate to the next level, our ABC class is designed to further equip them with all the skills necessary to prepare them for the next step on their educational journey. At Carmel Christian School Bristol, we believe in enriching every child with a positive learning experience and seek to encourage all students to develop their gifts and abilities.

Stepping into the ABC class, your child will be introduced to our effective individualised learning programme. As we are an independent school, we are pleased to be a subscriber to the International School of Tomorrow Learning Programme, a world leader in individualised learning, enabling children to study and learn at their own ability level and pace. Using PACE booklets to study each core subject, including Maths, English, Science, Social Studies, Word Building (Etymology), as well as the wider curriculum and character building activities, our students are given the opportunity to master each lesson before moving on as they work at their own pace and level. The students set their own goals, and their output is measured and rewarded.

Students work from their PACE booklets in individual booths, known as offices, in order to aid concentration and encourage independent learning, which is a vital skill for further education. As part of our programme, we also encourage all students to read independently so that their skills in fluency, comprehension and vocabulary are always improving. Academic standards are consistently high as the pass mark for each booklet is 80%. According to, ‘students using the A.C.E program go on to higher education and into ministry and professional pursuits with confidence and a superb educational background’.

We focus on developing other core skills, such as team work, creative-thinking, and problem-solving in the afternoons as our ABC class take part in humanities projects, science practicals, Creative Writing, Art, ICT, swimming, and many other activities.

Taking responsibility for your own learning is an effective skill that we believe all students should be equipped with. If you want to discover more about Christian education, get in touch with us today.

Enhance grades with parental involvement

Family plays a Enhance grades with parental involvementvital role in the performance of children at school. Whether it’s playing a supportive role within the school or getting involved with your child’s study within the home, every act of participation has a significant impact on your child’s success. At Carmel Christian School Bristol, we encourage parents to get behind their child’s learning so we can elevate each student to their fullest potential.

One of the most common ways that parents can get involved with their child’s education is through homework. Allowing your children to complete their homework on their own can be more productive than offering them a helping hand if they don’t require it. According to, ‘A study from the United States has explored the effects of different types of parental involvement in homework and found that different forms of support (e.g. support for children’s autonomy) are associated with higher test scores, whereas others (e.g. direct involvement) are associated with lower test scores.’ This doesn’t mean you can’t get involved. Simply providing a quiet and comfortable learning environment for them within the home can greatly improve results. And having you nearby incase they do struggle can give your child peace of mind and it may spur them on to work harder to show you what they can accomplish on their own.

Getting involved in homework will show you what your child is learning, how well they’re doing, and what you might focus on with them more to increase their understanding. It also provides you with the opportunity to discuss what’s going on at school with your child, and to allow teachers to hear from you on how they’re progressing.

We also encourage parents to volunteer time within the school as classroom assistants, PTA members, or teachers of specialist subjects. According to, ‘Students with parents who are involved in their school tend to have fewer behavioral problems and better academic performance’.

At Carmel Christian School Bristol, it is our hope that all parents will contribute in some way to the activity of our school, so together we can help our students achieve excellent results. Come and visit us and see how effective parental involvement in Christian education is.

Equipping students with a global awareness

Equipping students with a global awarenessEducating our students about global issues and teaching them to see the larger world through different eyes is significantly important to a child’s development as a well rounded individual. At Carmel Christian School Bristol, we seek to encourage our students to discover more about the world around them and to understand various cultures and traditions.

In our ABC class, we integrate social studies into the curriculum as part of instructing our students about the wider world in which they live in, and we get the children involved in humanities projects as well to strengthen their knowledge of culture. As well as teaching our Juniors and Seniors Social Studies, Seniors will also take citizenship. This encourages them to become thoughtful and active citizens who are keen to engage and get involved in public life, learning about topical issues politically, culturally and socially, and taking part in community-based events. Recently, our Senior students participated in a practical lesson on the Hanukkah feast, gaining an insight into a different culture and tradition.

Developing a global awareness is also important to life beyond school where students will be looking for employment. According to The Guardian, ‘twice as many business leaders rate knowledge and awareness of the wider world as an important skill as ability to speak a foreign language. While they still regard language skills as important it is the ‘soft’ skills of cultural awareness and understanding global issues that are particularly valued.’ Tom Franklin, Think Global chief executive added, ‘Because we live in such a globalised world today our mission should be to ensure every young person in school feels more confident and able to live in that world’.

Our recent Ofsted report mentioned, ‘Older pupils study global issues and learn of the cultural differences in the world. This promotes their understanding of and respect for people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.’ We love, accommodate, embrace and encourage children from all nationalities and communities. See what Christian education has to offer for your child, and speak to us today.

Recognise student achievement with an effective reward system

Recognise student achievementAt Carmel Christian School Bristol, we strive to cultivate children success, and one of the ways in which we achieve this is through our effective reward system. Our recent Ofsted report stated that ‘pupils’ behaviour is outstanding’, and we aim to recognise this to inspire our students to continue their good work.

Often, schools will place emphasis on reacting to the bad behaviour from students, and showing no sign of recognition toward their good behaviour. At Carmel Christian School, we place a high emphasis on celebrating our student’s achievements and recognising their effort as well as disciplining them for poor behaviour. The Guardian argues, ‘The key to transformational change in schools starts not by attempting to squash the behaviour of the few, but by celebrating the excellent conduct of the many. Those children who do the right thing deserve your first attention and recognition every time.’ In order to acknowledge the good behaviour and excellent effort of our students, we have an extensive reward system, including verbal and written praise, merits and merit shop, privileges, honour roll, certificates, presentations, and our End of year Awards Ceremony.

A reward system will also motivate students. When goals are completed in the individualised learning programme, merits are awarded. These merits are saved for the termly merit shop where they can be used as currency to buy games, toys and books, all of which are educationally beneficial. This not only recognises their achievement and success, but inspires them to work harder. highlights, ‘Rewards systems are an effective way in which you can celebrate student achievement and positive student behaviour. The use of rewards within the classroom is a form of extrinsic motivation for students, encouraging them to participate cooperatively in academic and social learning experiences’ (Hoffman, Huff, Patterson & Nietfield, 2009).

At Carmel Christian School Bristol, we believe in preparing our students for successful living, and choose to celebrate their success on their educational journey. To find out more about our reward system, give us a call today.

Serving the community one hamper at a time

Serving the community one hamper at a timeAt Carmel Christian School Bristol, we make the most of every season, ensuring that events, such as Christmas and Easter aren’t only confined to the home or church, but to school as well. So, although the Christmas decorations are back in the loft, we hope to have left our students with some core skills to use in the everyday that they will have learnt as we as a school gave to the community by packing Christmas hampers.

With the children’s hard work and enthusiasm, we at Carmel Christian School put our core value of love into practice in December 2015 by helping the under-privileged families in Bristol. The children helped pack 1650 hampers, all including essential products and tasty treats for Christmas lunch. We did this as a service to the community, encouraging the children to see Christmas through the eyes of people less fortunate than themselves and to gain a better understanding of the city they live in. We believe in reaching our community with God’s love and demonstrating the importance of love to our students.

This project also taught our children a great deal about team work and generosity. Each child helped pack a hamper, learning the important skill of working alongside other people, and gaining a greater sense of community within our school. They developed the skill of social interaction by being a part of a team with adults and their peers, and were made aware of how important giving is to others, seeing how other people live at Christmas time. says that teaching your child the importance of giving back to the community is best achieved through an activity ‘to keep them engaged while providing a valuable lesson about helping others through good deeds’.

Carmel Christian School Bristol is a fantastic environment for your child to develop intellectually, socially, physically, morally, creatively and spiritually. Through community activities that we involve them in, your child will learn the importance of giving and develop a broader knowledge of the city they live in. If you want to find out more about Christian education, come by and visit us today.

Making a school a community

IMG_2878We say make a house a home, and it’s the same with schools. If there’s no tight-knit community of children, parents, and staff, all that’s left is a building. At Carmel Christian School, community is vital. What was once an extension of the Christian home has become an extension of the church into the community, where our traditional values help children mature in character, academic ability, and most importantly, their relationship with God. We welcome children of all ages and communities, and trust that they will be inspired for life here with us.

Building a strong sense of community in schools is integral if we want to help our children reach their potential. A sense of belonging can have a major impact on learning and development. If children feel uneasy in the school environment, they won’t feel encouraged to learn. According to, ‘Students in schools with a strong sense of community are more likely to be academically motivated (Solomon, Battistich, Watson, Schaps, & Lewis, 2000); to act ethically and altruistically (Schaps, Battistich, & Solomon, 1997); to develop social and emotional competencies (Solomon et al., 2000)’.

To develop a great community within a school, parents must get involved. At Carmel Christian School we encourage parents to take part in school trips, fundraising for fayres, and in the classroom. With parents taking an interest in their child’s learning, we can also get to know you better. By teaching students how to maintain a sense of community, we provide invaluable life lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

We believe the school community is very much a family where each individual member is celebrated. The family environment enables teachers and pupils to grow in their faith and in relationship with each other. No child is isolated; we believe in working together and helping each other to achieve their highest potential. Core family values are promoted and adhered to, as we educate children to be responsible towards each other.

We provide a family environment where children can grow in the security of knowing that school is an extension of home, not an institution merely driven by results and league tables. If you want to join our community, get in touch today.


Choosing the Best for your child

carmel-christian-school-best-for-your-childAt Carmel Christian School, we believe in raising up a generation of confident, inspired individuals who will be prepared for their future ahead. Leading our children into the discovery of the world with dedicated teaching staff and an all-round education will set them up for the day when they spread their wings and fly the nest. There are a multitude of benefits for providing a strong Christian education for your children, and here are just some that we feel strongly about.

The traditional values and strong moral principles of Christian education promotes good behaviour from an early age. Instructing our children on values, such as compassion, the importance of integrity and justice, and courage, we demonstrate through living the same values and train them up to respect staff members, their peers, and others, and to act responsibly inside and outside the classroom. Through educating them this way, we also ensure a safe and loving environment where we don’t tolerate bullying or bad behaviour. A Christian education puts a child’s wellbeing first.

We strive for the very best, and educate our children to the highest standards, providing them with opportunities to develop their unique gifts. In an environment where students can thrive, the support and nurture we give them increases the likelihood of outstanding results, which every parents wants. According to a study by William Jeynes, professor of education at California State University on, ‘private religious schools perform better than public schools’. Jeynes also found that ‘religious, mostly Christian, school students were a full year ahead of students who attend public and charter schools’.

A Christian education also equips children with the ability to deal with life as we focus on their intellectual, social, physical, moral, and spiritual development, and help build their faith so they are prepared when they reach university age.

Our aim is to train up our children in the way to go, so that when they are old, they will not depart from it.

The Way of Christian Education

carmel-christian-school-christian-educationChristians strive to set themselves apart from the world by living a different way of life. At Carmel Christian School, we aim to stand out from other schools in the way we teach too, to increase knowledge, to give children the best start in life, and at the end of the day to achieve excellent results.

With the learning package, ACE, an Accelerated Christian Education, which we use to teach 5 to 18 year olds, we deliver the highest, most individualised education. Used by thousands of schools worldwide, this package is renowned for helping students achieve great results. Through high biblical and academic standards, according to, ACE are ‘committed to setting children on a path for success’, and at Carmel Christian School we agree that this philosophy is paramount.

This programme covers the main academic areas of Maths, English, Social Studies and Science, with a vast range of elective subjects for older students. ACE explain that ‘students are taught to see life from God’s point of view, to take responsibility for their own learning, and to walk in Godly wisdom and character’.

ACE is based on a series of workbooks called PACEs, Packets of Accelerated Christian Education. At the beginning of each workbook, they summarise what the child will be learning, they provide a specific scripture to memorise, a character trait to aim for, and some information on what supplies will be needed. The students work through their planned daily section of the programme each morning. Doing this individually allows each child to work at their own level, progress at the rate most suited to their needs, which encourages them to take responsibility for their own learning self-discipline. And if any student is struggling, staff are always at hand to assist and guide them on a one-to-one basis.

Christian education takes learning up a notch. We want to equip our children with the knowledge to get into a great university or secure a good job, and to build character and help them to develop a passion to grow spiritually, which will go beyond university, and prepare them for life.

Beating Bullying For Good

carmel-christian-school-beat-bullyingWith children spending most of their time in school, the school environment is as integral a place in a child’s life as the home is, so it is vital to ensure that they are settled in the right one. Carmel Christian School understand that the welfare of your child comes above all else, and our high standards and strong moral principles guarantee that bullying and bad behaviour is put to a stop.

According to the Guardian, ‘an estimated half a million 10- and 12-year-olds are physically bullied at school, according to a study by the Children’s Society, which found that 38% of children surveyed had been hit by classmates in the last month’. This behaviour is unacceptable, and our children are taught this lesson right from the start. Bullying hinders children inside and outside of the classroom, and through Christian education, we aim to help them thrive and make their childhood as excellent as it can be.

At Carmel Christian School, we strive to encourage each child to behave responsibly and respect their peers, staff, and others. Our most recent Ofsted report stated that, ‘Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding’. Christian education ensures this excellent praise, as the morals and values we teach demonstrate the behaviour we expect, which in turn prevents bullying. We realise that children go through many hardships outside of the classroom, so a safe environment in school is crucial. We care for each child in a loving environment, so that they feel comfortable and welcome while we provide them with a rich learning experience.

We have several policies, including, Behaviour, Early Years Behaviour, and Anti-Bullying, which outline our expectations. We are serious about fighting the all too common issue of bullying that is a major concern in many schools, and with our firm belief in speaking and living the truth in love, we want to stand apart and provide an exceedingly safe environment, and a great school. Children deserve nothing less.

Stepping Stones of Faith

carmel-christian-school-steps-of-faithEvery school teaches the usual academic subjects, be it Maths, Science, or English, however not every school nurtures and develops the spiritual seed within each student. A Christian education ensures that this seed is well watered, fed, and cared for, so that each student will flourish not only in academics, but in their faith as well.

Carmel Christian School understand the importance of a solid education, and with our wide range of subjects available, such as Creative Writing, Sports, Drama, and Information Technology, our students receive it to the highest standard. But what we also offer is learning in firm biblical values, which lights the path for a rich spiritual education where our children can strengthen their faith.

Children often posses a passion for one subject one day and transfer that passion to a different subject later on. However, traditional moral values last a lifetime, and that is what we desire to teach alongside these subjects, so our children will be prepared and spiritually confident as they go on to university or a career.

Personal faith is integral in helping students understand the world around them so when they come to step out into the world they’ll be ready for whatever comes their way. Being firmly planted in a church environment and in a loving Christian home is great for children. Although, a large portion of their time is spent in school, and this is where they can struggle the most. With a Christian education, they acknowledge God in every subject area, they’re shown where they can find God in our world, and are cared for by staff who only want the best for them in terms of success, academically and spiritually.

Through a balanced Christian curriculum, our school seeks to reinforce the learning they’ve received from church and from the Christian home, and takes it a step further in relating the Christian faith to everything they learn day to day. We want our children to grow in leaps and bounds, stepping into a new milestone of faith every day.