Virtual Open Morning
Welcome to Spring Grove School
Welcome from the Head, Mrs Therésa Jaggard
I am delighted to welcome you to the Spring Grove School virtual Open Morning.
There is no better way to get a feel for our happy, family school than by visiting us, but we understand that in these current difficult times that may not always be possible. Our virtual Open Morning offers you an opportunity to look round the different areas of our school - Nursery and Reception class in Early Years, and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in the main school - to meet key members of the Senior Leadership Team, and to find out more about what makes this school so special.
I am proud to be leading the school in a new stage of its development, and we are facing the future with excitement and confidence. I know that Spring Grove is a school that offers an outstanding all-round education and a fantastic start in life for all of our children, and no matter what the future holds for all of us, I am certain that Spring Grove will always be 'a great place to grow'.
Mrs Clarke (Head of Early Years) gives an introduction to Early Years (Nursery and Reception class).
Mrs Saxby (Deputy Head Pastoral) talks about pastoral care and how we promote wellbeing across the school.
Mr Reed (Deputy Head Academic) tells us about teaching and learning at Spring Grove
#homebutnotalone: the SG Home Learning Programme
The SG Home Learning Programme was put into action during lockdown from March to June 2020, when most children could not be in in school. All children from Reception upwards were sent home with school Chromebooks, preloaded with safe access to Google Classroom. A bespoke website was created over the Easter holidays to allow the children to navigate easily through a full programme of daily learning, with teachers online and available throughout the day.
Each day centred around the live-streamed assembly, run at the time by our previous Head, Mr Jones, but with assistance from Mrs Jaggard, who was at that time part of the SG family as Head-Designate.
We hope very much not to be back in lockdown again, but we are ready and prepared should it happen. The website has been revised and updated to allow for small group teaching if we have to send individual 'bubbles' home. And whatever happens we know the strength of the SG community to pull through, together.
Forest School at Spring Grove
Spring Grove School’s Forest School was founded in 2016, and since that time has won a series of accolades and awards. During its first year, Spring Grove earned The Woodland Trust’s Green Tree School Scheme’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. The Platinum Award followed in 2017, and in the same year SG achieved two ‘firsts’ after being recognised as the first independent school in the UK, as well as the first setting of any type in Kent, to be approved by the Forest School Association (FSA) as a Forest School Provider.
Forest School gives young people the opportunity to develop self-learning through natural play and positive outdoor experiences. The children at Spring Grove explore the natural world of the forest, learn about fire safety and campfire cooking, shelter building, safe use of tools, woodland crafts and much more. Spring Grove Forest School has a permanent site in woodland just outside Wye, and all children from Reception to Prep 6 regularly take part in Forest School activities as an integral part of the school curriculum.
Creative Arts at Spring Grove
The creative arts - art, music, drama - are an important part of life at Spring Grove. Music comes in a multitude of forms at Spring Grove - community singing, informal concerts, orchestra and ceilidh band, and full-scale musical productions. A high percentage of the children learn musical instruments, and we have a wonderful team of visiting music teachers, including Mr Cook who made this video with three of our budding sax and clarinet players.
Add to this mix an energetic and creative art department, gallery and theatre visits, art competitions, French drama club, and the extension of art into the natural world through our Forest School programme, and you will begin to get an idea of the wide range of ideas and possibilities on offer to Spring Grove pupils.
Led by our Head of Art, Miss Drury, the school has also embarked on a very special journey towards Artsmark - a creative quality standard for schools that is accredited by the Arts Council, England. The aim is that the progression towards Artsmark will help to develop our arts provision even further.