Background and History

Why Christian education?

We believe parents have primary responsibility before God for bringing up their children.  This includes all aspects of their education. 

Acorn School and the initial vision for primary education

Acorn School was founded in 1980 when a small group of parents felt challenged and called by God to take personal responsibility for the education of their children within a distinctively Christian ethos, value system and worldview.  Isaiah 61:3 was a promise given at that time by the Lord concerning the children:

They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendour.

Young children sit and listenSupported by the leaders and teachers within the community, the school began in humble surroundings based at different times in a church hall, homes and then in a former health clinic.  We were not alone however.  Throughout the country, God was calling (and is still calling today) other Christians to start schools as alternatives to the state system.  Many heard the call to discover and demonstrate God’s heart for education.  Acorn School became fully registered with the Department for Education in 1985.

Covenant School and the move into secondary education

In 1986, together with another local church, we started a secondary school to take the children through to GCSE level.  Covenant School, as it was known, became fully registered with the Department for Education in 1993.  Initially, the primary and secondary schools were located on separate sites, but through God’s provision, in 1990 they were able to move together into a vacant school building leased from the Local Authority - Havering Grange Centre.

Havering Grange Centre

Immanuel School

In 1993, following work undertaken to clarify and strengthen the vision for the school, Acorn and Covenant Schools were joined to form Immanuel School which is now run solely by Immanuel Community.

We believe parents have primary responsibility before God for bringing up their children. This includes all aspects of their education

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