We will develop all the children who join Spring Grove to their full potential, academically, socially, physically and emotionally in a supportive, caring and friendly community. Within a beautiful rural setting our school is small enough for us to know every child and their family and encourage them to support the school motto of “Always Do Your Best”.
Essentially, we follow two simple golden rules:
• Look after your neighbour
• Show common sense at all times
A child who lives by this above rules will become a positive role model for others at Spring Grove. Ten further specific rules (which form an expansion of the above two rules) apply to various areas of school life:
Golden Rule 1: Look after your neighbour – rules concerning other people
1. Be friendly, polite and courteous to those around you.
2. Accept that everyone is different but equally important.
3. Think about what you say (or post on social sites): Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?
4. Behave in a way that is not aggressive or deliberately annoying and avoid using language that might offend.
Golden Rule 2: Show common sense at all times – concerning behaviour at school
5. Care for your environment and respect each others’ property.
6. Work hard and do not disrupt others.
7. Eat and drink a healthy diet whilst at school.
8. Make sure that you wear the correct uniform smartly. Hair should be kept neat and tidy. Jewellery must not be worn (see uniform policy).
9. Pay particular attention to safety around the school, especially in the car park.
10. Never leave the school site unaccompanied or without permission; certain areas of the school remain out of bounds to the children.
We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of all pupils. All reasonable steps will be taken to promote safe practices and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. Back to top
Praise forms an integral part of our teaching methods. From start to finish the children receive praise for a job well done, for politeness shown, for consideration shown to others. From a simple “well done” to an award presented in assembly, all children receive praise which provides the necessary stimulus to progress.
These are awarded for something outstanding that the pupil may have done within the classroom, on the sports field or specifically to do with Music, Art or any of the numerous clubs and activities on offer. The teacher can determine how many stars the pupil should receive for the outstanding piece of work or effort. 10 stars may be awarded for outstanding acts of courtesy or achievement. After being awarded 100 stars the pupil receives a Headmaster’s Star which is handed out during a Friday Assembly (stars only apply for children from Form 1 to Prep 6).
A citizenship point is awarded to a pupil for each Headmaster’s Star earned. On attaining 10 citizenship points a pupil receives a bronze citizenship badge; on attaining 20 he/she will receive a silver citizenship badge and on attaining 30 they will receive a gold badge.
Jelly the Giraffe
Jelly the Giraffe is the House Mascot that everyone wants! Every Friday the giraffe is awarded to the House that has earned the most stars during the previous 7 days. Underlying this friendly competition is the encouragement that is given to the children to do their best for their Houses, for each other and for themselves.
SG Challenge Award Scheme
The Spring Grove Challenge forms an integral part of the Year 5 and 6 experience, the children collecting SG Credits for their commitment to service around the school, their excellent work and their effort in all areas of school life.
The prime aims of the scheme are:
a. To foster pupils’ confidence, independence and a breadth of interest as individuals
b. To create a stronger sense of identity as a whole community and of responsibility for younger children.
c. To develop pupils’ sense of responsibility for their school environment and for society as a whole.
d. To encourage, within the context of a small school, children to be involved in a wide range of activities both in and out of school.
The scheme operates in Years 5 and 6 and drawing together many existing strands of school life to provide a framework supporting these ideals. Pupils work towards a Bronze (10 SG Credits), Silver (20 SG Credits) or Gold Award (30 SG Credits) over the two years. This does not involve them in doing more than they are already doing in their busy day, but can encourage them to do everything they undertake with more thought and a greater sense of purpose.
Our discipline system encourages children to think about the consequences of their actions; to think about what they could and should do in any situation and then make the right choice.
We use a yellow and red card system that enables the child to see when behaviour crosses the line of acceptability. The yellow card is a warning that the child needs to correct their behaviour; the red card will be given only after a suitable warning is given. A detention is given as a result of a red card.
Our form teachers carefully monitor and record all instances of antisocial behaviour and also work closely with parents when a child requires help.
School Colours are awarded at the discretion of the Art, Music, Drama and Sports Staff and Senior Management Team at the end of each term. Colours are a great honour to receive, they will reflect a child’s ability and conduct. They serve to encourage and spur on individuals and provide goals for others. The colours system is designed to reward effort in areas outside the classroom curriculum: colours may be awarded for effort and achievement therefore in art, music, drama, technology and service to the school as well as in the many and varied sporting disciplines.
Consideration is given to the following when awarding Half Colours:
• Regular team representation throughout the season.
• Their commitment to the sport / area of discipline.
• They will have demonstrated that they are talented amongst their peer group.
• They must have made an individual impact upon the team results.
• Behaviour and attitude.
• Priority is given to the children in the top year.
They will receive a badge with the name of their sport as recognition of their achievement.
The criteria for Full Colours are as follows:
- Musicians, dancers or actors will have achieved significant levels in exams or assessments.
- A player must be of an exceptional standard.
- County representation or receiving recognition for top performances is a prerequisite for full colours.
- They are considered by the Sports Department to have the potential to reach this standard in the future.
They will have the name of the sport / area of expertise embroidered on their tie by the school in recognition of their achievement.
All staff maintain a close eye on the progress of every child maintaining a record of progress and achievement.
Children who visit the Headteacher for a special reason eg to show good work, are awarded a special Headmaster’s Award Sticker.
Headmaster’s Certificates of Achievement
Some exceptional pieces of work require more than a sticker or an SG Credit as a reward for endeavour shown. In addition to the stars awarded, the work can be handed to the Headmaster at the discretion of the form teacher with the recommendation that the child is awarded a Certificate of Achievement which is awarded in a Friday Assembly.
We have four houses – Austen, Dickens, Conrad and Chaucer – named after 4 famous authors who all had an association with Kent. In fact, Joseph Conrad lived at Spring Grove for 6 months in 1919 and a little over a 100 years before that, Jane Austen may well have been a visitor to the house when she was staying at Godmersham House.
All children in Years 1 – 6 belong to one of the houses as do all members of staff. The house system offers the children a chance to get to know each other throughout the age range. House sports events encourage teamwork as does the celebrated House Entertainments (see below). We also undertake occasional cross-curricular work in house groups and enjoy house lunches. We have enjoyed House Science, Maths and a Royal History Day in which the children across the school participated in a variety of events. We have also introduced House enterprise Day in which the children compete to design, create and sell a product. This year’s Olympic theme included Olympic jewellery, fridge magnets and juggling balls!
This annual event requires the children and their house staff to put on a short 10 – 15 minute show containing at least one whole-house song. The house chooses its own theme and aims to use the strengths and talents of its children. The shows are put together, rehearsed and performed all in one day thus increasing the panic, the anxiety, the energy, the enthusiasm and the fantastic sense of achievement felt by the whole house at the end of its performance.
Our form teachers are vitally important people in the lives of all children. Your form teacher is your child’s champion, ensuring that the children are making the most of every opportunity. They will maintain daily contact with parents and act on any concerns thatt may arise. In addition, regular formal meetings ensure that the children’s progress is discussed and targets set.
The form teachers meet together on a regular basis to plan ahead, to discuss progress and issues that may arise.