Our Vision & Philosophy
Our vision is deeply centred upon the individual child at Grove Park and we strive to provide an exciting and stimulating curriculum punctuated by high standards and creativity. Rich curricula activities form part of our core curriculum whereby pupils contextualise their learning through educational and residential visits and many school visitors. Placing learning in context both enriches and enthuses children to understand why and what they are learning. As John Keats states ‘Nothing is real until it has been experienced’.
Developing children’s interests and talents and equipping them with strong literate and mathematical skills is a core aim. We use high quality picture fiction and novels from a range of authors to foster a strong individual narrative sense, whereby children engage with the world of literature and imagination and grapple with issues and themes. Producing stunning writing, regularly in the top 5% of writing nationally, children can write at length using a rich range of vocabulary and ideas and creative imagination. Providing children with a stimulating and balanced curriculum is key and through integrating history and geography topics into English and Mathematics sessions, children can learn and discover about the world. Children at Grove Park experience Forest School and Science in the Natural World which equips them with team building skills and an authentic understanding of science and nature. Music and the performing arts is richly encouraged in the school and a school choir along with amazing drama performances are an important part of our offer. The international dimension to our curriculum equips children with cultural understanding and knowledge. As part of this, all children in Key Stage 2 learn Spanish with additional opportunities to learn Latin and Ancient Greek. Children are provided with the skills to appreciate and respect a diversity of cultures and to celebrate this through art, music and languages. Healthy living and PE is enhanced by our specialist PE teacher and through Healthy School’s Week, sports days and PE lessons we provide children with the core understanding of ‘mens sana in corpore sano’. Opportunities to develop computing skills to equip them for modern life enhances the curriculum and we aim for our children to become proficient users of technology.
Our community and familial ethos is a key aspect of our school; first and foremost we are a community and we welcome parents to be full and active members of the school. Through our parents’ surgery, weekly assemblies, open mornings and meetings in the playground each day we aim to be inclusive and cohesive. Our happy and caring staff are passionate about the children and we aim to develop children’s talents and skills and importantly to become the best people they can. Assemblies and our core values offer a conduit to developing children to become kind, empathetic and active members of society enabling them to play a positive role in the future. We work hard to support charities and each class has their own charity to which we dedicate a themed week which involves learning about and making items to sell to raise money for the good cause. Our children’s voice is important to us and we have an active School Council who are a joy to work with and regularly impact decisions regarding playgrounds, school meals and our School Development Plan.