Education & Curriculum


Each class contains a balance of boys and girls of mixed ability.

There is no formal entrance test although prospective pupils will be invited to spend a trial day at Spring Grove, joining the class of the appropriate year group. Spring Grove School offers admission to any child who, in the opinion of the Headmaster, (advised by a number of other staff), will have a happy and fulfilling time at the school and hence will benefit from the type of education offered. The School admits pupils with a broad range of academic ability.


We encourage each individual pupil to achieve his or her maximum potential and prepare them for their Secondary Education. Our teaching is inspirational and whets the child’s appetite for learning.

The curriculum includes material to meet the National Curriculum requirements for the Foundation stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 but expect to extend most children well beyond nationally expected levels.

This curriculum is the basis for preparing children for the next stage in their schooling. This includes the Kent Selection process for Grammar schools based on the 11+ examination in which we have a fine success rate. We take seriously our role in preparing children for these important tests and we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that every child has the best opportunity to achieve a grammar school place. Please see our > Curriculum and 11+ Policy.

Some of our pupils go on to local Independent Schools, such as Ashford School, Kent College, St Edmund’s, The King’s School, Canterbury, Dover College and Sutton Valence, often with a Scholarship or Bursary. These schools usually have their own entrance exam based on the KS2 syllabus. In the past 3 years, Spring Grove pupils have been offered over 20 scholarship awards.

Supporting our teaching, our active Learning Support department (which supports and trains all staff) is committed to identifying the individual needs of each pupil.

Structure of the classes:

Early Years / Foundation Stage:

Teddies: Ages 2 years to 3 years
Nursery: Ages 3 years to 4 years
Reception: Ages 4 years to 5 years

Key Stage 1:

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

Key Stage 2:

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

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