Affiliation and Awards

Find out about Spring Grove School’s professional affiliations, as well as the array of Eco Schools awards won by Spring Grove in recent years.

The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) 

Spring Grove is proud to be a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), a schools association with 700 of the world’s leading prep schools in membership.

Schools must reach a very high standard to be eligible for membership, with strict criteria on teaching a broad curriculum, maintaining excellent standards of pastoral care and keeping staff members’ professional development training up to date. All IAPS schools are committed to delivering an excellent, well-rounded education to the pupils in their care.

Visit the IAPS website 


The Independent Schools Council (ISC)

The Independent Schools Council brings together seven associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors. Through our member associations the ISC represent over 1,200 independent schools in the UK and overseas. These schools are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than half a million children each year.

 Visit the ISC website


The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

The Independent Schools Inspectorate is a government approved independent inspectorate for independent schools, quality assured on behalf of the Department for Education. ISI’s mission is to ensure that children and young people in independent schools and colleges at home and overseas stay safe and receive high-quality, effective education and to encourage schools to improve through the provision of world-leading, evidence-based inspection and improvement services.

 Visit the ISI website



Spring Grove was awarded ‘Working towards Artsmark’ status in 2020, and the school is now working towards this creative quality standard for arts and cultural education, accredited by the Arts Council, England.

Visit the Artsmark website


The Forest School Association (FSA)

The Forest School Association is the professional body and UK-wide voice for Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and ‘quality Forest for all’. In November 2017, Spring Grove School 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 recognised Forest School Provider. This outstanding recognition came following a rigorous review of Spring Grove School’s Forest School provision and programmes in line with the FSA’s six core principles.

Visit the FSA website


Eco Schools Green Flag Award

Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme on the planet. Eco-Schools develops pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and creates financial savings for schools as well as a whole host of other benefits. For over 25 years Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the simple Seven-Step framework in order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag. We are proud that Spring Grove School was awarded its Green Flag during lockdown in 2020 in recognition of the pupils’ environmental work both in school and at home.

Visit the Eco Schools website


Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is the country’s largest woodland conservation charity with over 500,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 sites, covering over 26,000 hectares, all over the UK.

Spring Grove School has earned The Woodland Trust’s Green Tree School Scheme’s Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards. The scheme rewards schools for completing environmental projects and encouraging outdoor learning. 

Visit the Woodland Trust website


Surfers Against Sewage – Plastic Free Award

Plastic Free Schools AwardThe Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Award is a groundbreaking programme that equips and empowers young activists with the tools to create positive, lasting environmental change. Created to hit key curriculum targets from KS1 – KS3, our five ‘Objectives’ guide pupils through the plastic free schools process in an easy to understand, purposeful and fun way! Spring Grove was delighted to awarded its Plastic Free status in Autumn 2020 thanks to the work of the pupils. Mr Curnow commented: “Receiving Plastic Free School Status, the improvements around school and the replies received have taught the children that, though young, their actions can improve their world and affect real change. I hope that this knowledge will empower them as they grow into the future leaders of tomorrow.”

Visit the Surfers Against Sewage website


Better Energy School Awards

The Better Energy School Awards aim to assist and encourage environmental education for young people aged 5-11, promoting cross-curricular work on the environment.  In 2019 Spring Grove School’s entry was declared Runner Up in the Totally Active Category for schools in central and southern England. In 2020 Spring Grove School went one better with its entry ’Spring Forward’, which was declared the Regional Winner of the Totally Active category for schools in central and southern England. 

Visit the Better Energy School Awards website


The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is a registered charity existing to champion learning outside the classroom (LOtC).

They believe that every child should be given the opportunity to experience life and lessons beyond the classroom walls as a regular part of growing up. These experiences expand the horizons of young people, opening their eyes to the wonders of areas such as art, heritage, culture, adventure and the natural world. In 2019, Spring Grove’s Forest School Leader, Paul Curnow, was voted the ‘Most Inspiring Outdoor Educator of the Year’ at the annual LOtC awards.

Visit the LOtC website