Head’s Welcome

Welcome from Mrs Jaggard

I am delighted to welcome you to Spring Grove School – a school that offers an excellent all-round education and a fantastic start in life for children aged 2 to 11 years. We are a happy, family Prep school where children have the space and opportunity to grow with confidence, and to find their own ‘spark’. Our school is small enough for us to know every child individually, and for us to encourage each and every pupil in our care to develop a love of learning that will be lasting. I was particularly pleased that after our most recent ISI inspection in February 2023, we were awarded a double ‘excellent’ – for the quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements, and for the quality of the pupils’ personal development – the highest grades achievable for both outcomes.

Spring Grove is located in Wye, between Ashford and Canterbury, in a beautiful 14-acre rural setting which I think we can justifiably describe as one of the most beautiful playgrounds in Kent. As a completely independent prep school we are proud to prepare our children for a range of secondary education when they leave us at 11+, including grammar and senior independent schools. Typically more than half of our leavers go on to grammar school, while many others win scholarships to independent schools both local and further afield.

Everything we do in school is grounded in our vision and aims, and we actively live out our school values of curiosity, confidence, creativity, consideration/care, and craftsmanship. The ISI inspectors commented that ‘staff and pupils nurture and care for each other and show kindness and friendship in abundance: the ethos that underpins the very nature of this school’. This ethos allows children to develop as growth mindset learners, not afraid to try something challenging or adventurous whether in or out of the classroom. I am very proud that at the end of their Spring Grove journey, our leavers move on to their chosen senior schools as inquisitive and independent learners, confident and curious, and ready for the next stage of their education, whatever that might be.

We are a member of The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and offer a wide range of subjects and extra-curricular activities, including outstanding Music and an award-winning Forest School and Eco-schools programme. We have recently been awarded Artsmark Gold by the Arts Council of England in recognition of our excellent performing and creative arts provision. We firmly believe that Spring Grove School is unique and an excellent place for children to grow.

Please explore our website to discover more about the school. However there is no better way to experience life at Spring Grove School than to talk to our staff and pupils and to see the school in action for yourself. We would be delighted to welcome you and your family on a visit to show you round our beautiful school.

If you would like to book your visit, require any further information or have any questions please feel free to contact us (tel: 01233 812337 / email: office@springgroveschool.co.uk) and we will be happy to help.

Mrs Therésa Jaggard, Head – Spring Grove School