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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. The curriculum includes material to meet the National Curriculum requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, but we expect to extend most children well beyond national levels. Please see our Curriculum Policy for more information.


Our aim is that pupils at Spring Grove School will:

  • Fulfil their potential: spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and academically to the best of our and their ability. We go the extra mile to achieve our aims.
  • Learn in a stimulating environment: we can develop knowledge and skills and nurture a love of learning that will be lasting.
  • Grow a thirst for knowledge: we encourage our pupils to develop a spirit of enquiry and an ability to work hard and independently and to value knowledge for its own sake.
  • Be considerate: we constantly encourage children to develop a strong social and moral conscience, to look after their neighbour and realise the importance of becoming a good citizen.
  • Develop a strong sense of well-being: we ensure that, as far as possible, your child will develop as a whole personality in a confident, responsible, successful and happy manner.
  • Endeavour to follow the motto of ‘Always Do Your Best’: an approximate translation of our Latin motto, ‘Ad Alta Prae Clara’.

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.