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Education & Curriculum

The education and curriculum at Spring Grove is designed to develop knowledge and skills and nurture a love of learning that will be lasting for all of our children. Our curriculum includes material to meet the Early Years Framework and National Curriculum Requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, but we expect to deepen our children’s knowledge and provide them with experiences far beyond national levels. Please do take the time to read our Curriculum Policy as this provides a thorough insight into our ethos and teaching pedagogy. 

Our aims are:

  • To allow all of our children to love learning and enjoy living
  • To develop can-do, resourceful and curious children
  • To ensure all of our children understand the values of kindness and respect
  • To nurture community-minded, public-spirited global citizens
  • To cultivate an appetite for adventure and a tolerance for error
  • To live out the school motto: ‘Always Do Your Best’

Destination schools
Our wide-ranging education and curriculum is the basis for preparing children for the next stage in their schooling – whether that is senior state or private education. As a completely independent Prep school, our focus is always on ensuring that we support families to make the best choice of secondary education for their child. That choice includes sitting the Kent Test (11+) for a place at a local grammar school, usually in Ashford, Folkestone or Canterbury, or entrance and scholarship exams for one of the wide range of local independent schools. We are very proud of our success rate in the Kent Test, and on average around half of our leavers go on to local grammar schools, while others go on to independent schools including Ashford School, Kent College, St Edmund’s School, Sutton Valence and The King’s School, Canterbury.

Supporting our teaching, our active Learning Support department is committed to identifying and assessing the individual needs of each pupil to ensure all our children reach their full potential.


Early Years Foundation Stage:

Teddies: Ages 2 – 3 years
Giraffes: Ages 3 – 4 years
Reception: Ages 4 – 5 years

Key Stage 1:

Year 1: Ages 5 – 6 years
Year 2: Ages 6 – 7 years

Key Stage 2:

Prep 3: Ages 7 – 8 years
Prep 4: Ages 8 – 9 years
Prep 5: Ages 9 – 10 years
Prep 6: Ages 10 – 11 years

Please go to the separate pages for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.