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Sunday, 23 January 2022 20:47

Lunchtime Concert January 2022

The first concert of the New Year was short but sweet!

Layla began proceedings with a piece by Bartok that lived up to its name beautifully. The ‘Dialogue’ between left and right hand sounded mysterious in its minor key, Layla played it with great clarity. Nathaniel and Anoushka treated us to ‘Sock Song’, their speech and drama poem. They gave a clear and confident performance, working together well.

Onyinyeomachi, another one of our speech and drama experts, performed her poem ‘I tried to do my homework’ with an amusing and up to date list of excuses including links to videos of dancing cats etc. What a lot of words to learn! Onyinyeomachi definitely did her homework for this concert!

Isabel played ‘Firefly’ with lots of confidence. She showed off the big bold arpeggios you can play on the piano with both hands working in co-ordination. Well-done Isabel.

Chikamso had us giggling away at her poem ‘Falling asleep in class’ and then right at the end, after much slobbering and dribbling, she turned out to be the teacher! Hilarious! Calvin was very happy to share his speech and drama poem ‘My hat’ with us and especially his dad. He’d learnt it beautifully. 

Our two woodwind players Timothy and Giovanna howed off their great articulation. Timothy’s clarinet piece, ‘Apple Pie and Custard and I Like Chocolate Milkshake’ was tastily performed, with some very smart rhythm and tonguing. Giovanna’s ‘Tiptoe and Tango’ was exactly what it said on the tin; tiptoe-ing in the higher register and tango-ing slinkily down in the lower. Well-done guys.

Greer impressed us all with her ability to remember ‘Harry’s choosing of the wand’ scene. Mr Ollivander would have been impressed too, Greer. Oluwadamilola shared her beautiful poem ‘The Moon’ with us. It was very atmospheric and made me want to own a book with that poem in so I can read it myself. Two budding poets; Isabelle and Ipsa entranced us too. Isabelle’s poem was the wonderful ‘Dogs are great’ that she read with pride. Ipsa’s poem ‘Mysterious Unicorn’ was beautiful too and very inspiring!

Tabitha played us a great piece on her cello. Technically it was all about using her first finger and string crossing at the same time and called ‘So There!’ We all loved her big brave bowing sound. Nicole was the last pianist of the day. She played us ‘Train Ride’ with some brilliant dynamics; her quiets were extra quiet and her louds extra loud, so her performance was full of interest just like the concert as a whole.

Keep practicing!
Mrs Hodges

Sunday, 23 January 2022 13:41

Birch Class Assembly Spring 2022

Birch class shared their assembly on Friday 21st January 2022 with Pre-Prep, Foundation and their parents in the audience. The children shared some of their work with us during the assembly and sung two songs. An extract from one of the songs is below with a few photos.

Sunday, 11 July 2021 09:57

Travel Week 2021

Monday: Please arrive by 8:30am to enable us to depart on time. We will be traveling to Caythorpe Court in Grantham for Travel Week 2021. We will make a short toilet stop on the way and have our lunch in the grounds at the centre.

Update: We have had a great week so far, lots of exciting activities and perfect weather. Today (Thursday) is our last full day of activities and tonight we will have a campfire together. It has been more challenging than usual to get the photos online (and update this page) but most of Tuesday should now be online and I will aim to get some of Wednesday morning online at lunchtime today.

Photos: During Travel Week we aim to upload as many photos as possible, a selection of photos will be uploaded here, the rest will be uploaded to our gallery website. If you require a password reset, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if the data connection is reliable enough we will also upload occasional photos to Facebook and Twitter. The group photos will be taken and published when we arrive and re-taken for any children who are arriving later in the week.

Monday, 08 February 2021 11:50

School Dates 2021-2022

Spring Term 2021

School & Nursery Open: Monday 4th January (Term Begins)

Half Term Activity Week: Monday 15th - Friday 19th February

Term Ends: Friday 26th March 16:00

Activity Week: Monday 29th March - Thursday 1st April

School and Nursery Close: Thursday 1st April, 16:00

Summer Term 2021

School & Nursery Open: Monday 19th April (Term Begins)

Bank Holidays: Monday 3rd & Monday 31st May

Half Term Activity Week: Tuesday 1st - Friday 4th June

Sports Day: Saturday 26th June

End of Year Church Service: Friday 9h July 15:00 (collect 16:00 from Church)

Travel Week: Monday 12th - Friday 16th July

Term Ends: Friday 16th July

Activity Weeks: Monday 19th July – Friday 13th August

School and Nursery Close: Friday 13th August, 16:00

Autumn Term 2021

Training Day: Tuesday 31st August (School and Nursery Closed)

Training Day: Wednesday 1st September (Nursery, Walnut and Maple Open)

School & Nursery Open: Thursday 2nd September (Term Begins)

Half Term Activity Week: Monday 25th – Friday 29th October

Term Ends: Friday 10th December 16:00

Activity Weeks: Monday 13th – Friday 17th December

School and Nursery Close: Friday 17th December 16:00

Spring Term 2022

School & Nursery Open: Tuesday 4th January (Term Begins)

Half Term Activity Week: Monday 14th – Friday 18th February

Term Ends: Friday 1st April 16:00

Activity Week: Monday 4th April – Friday 8th April

School and Nursery Close: Friday 8th April 16:00

Summer Term 2022

School & Nursery Open: Monday 25th April (Term Begins)

Friday, 23 October 2020 20:08

Cross Country Autumn 1 2020

The Grove Cross Country – Autumn Term 1

2020 has been a different year to say the least, so much so that it is changing the way we do things in everyday life. For many people The Cross Country at school holds a real mix of emotions and so the emphasis has really been on preparing the competitors as best as we can and try to keep a positive mentality towards taking part. This year due to the circumstances, The Cross Country was run across three days to ensure age groups could stay within their individual bubbles. This way we could open the doors to parents in an outdoor environment and there wouldn’t be too much of a social gathering!

Up first were the U10/11’s. The conditions were fair, being overcast and underfoot the grassy areas where firm. All-round some good conditions for long distance running. As mentioned, The Cross Country really does cater for all. Some individuals will really look to push themselves from a time perspective and look to finish in the best placed position they can, and others are looking to push themselves as hard as they can with an aim to finish the race. The U10/11s set off at a good pace with the usual suspects leading from the front. Once the runners got into their rhythm and second wind the field started to spread into these two categories. Tomas Garcia, Oliver Whittam and Emily Foster really starting to stretch their legs over the 1st kilometre. Tomas all in all was able to pull away from the rest of the group and finish in a respectable time of 15:30.03. All the staff that where strategically placed around the 3km course were extremely pleased to see the determination and positivity the competitors had to complete the race. Special mention must go to Oyin Omotosho who really embraced this and pushed herself extremely hard.
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For the first time in The Grove Cross Country’s history, the Juniors on the following day had a pace setter. Mr Thorne braved the elements and as a pace setter ran the record time which stands at 07:05s for the boys. A Record that has stood since c.2011. The aim was for Mr Thorne to show the competitors the importance of pacing and for those competitors at the front, just how hard they need to push themselves to hit that record time. It is very easy to be happy with where you see yourself when comparing yourself amongst your peers and so Mr Thorne was hopefully going to provide that further motivation. The excitement however got the better of a few and for a period of time where running ahead of Mr Thorne, something they would later regret! Matthew Coomber and Matilda Bradban put in a fantastic effort to win for the Boys & Girls. With Matthew running an impressive time of 07:29:86 It was extremely pleasing to see the effort all the juniors put in. With all of them completing the race.

The Seniors went into The Cross Country with a greater weight of expectation placed upon them with the minimum expectation for them to all finish and push themselves as hard as they could. They didn’t disappoint with a reduction of 10 minutes in their range of times as opposed to the U10/11’s range. Some strong efforts from Jensen Sharpe, Ahad Abdul Qureshi and Alice Alder with the remainder of the pack pushing themselves over the now wet 3km course. It was really pleasing to see the maturity that the Seniors took towards their preparation and mental application during the race. Something that I hope they can pass down to the years below them.

At the end of a busy week The Cross Country has provided all competitors with a goal to aim for. Fitness will always remain an integral part of the world of The Grove and the Sport & PE department would love to see all the competitors beat their times at the next event. Let's take this opportunity to learn and improve on areas we need to develop and remember The Cross Country is just as much a mental battle as it is a physical one. You can do it.

Mr Strong

Sunday, 04 October 2020 19:37

Achievement Assembly September

DSC 7968We had our September 2020 Achievement assembly on Wednesday 30th September. The children were able to watch the assembly live in each classroom with their form teachers handing out certificates and awards whilst Mrs Berkin (Principal) delivered the assembly from her usual spot in our school hall. Mrs Hodges was on hand with the piano ready for the monthly birthday song which was broadcast to the rooms at the end of the assembly. 

Saturday, 03 October 2020 18:33

Beech and Holly Autumn Walk

2020 10 02 Beech Holly Trip ArticleBeech and Holly have had a super outing in Loughton.
We wrapped up in our waterproofs, warm sports kit and wellies and set off on our search for signs of autumn and treasure. We decided not to let a little British weather alter our plans.

The children eagerly collected leaves of brown, red and orange, in all shapes and sizes along our way.

As we walked, we were able to discuss what we could see around us. It was lovely to hear the children discussing the refuge collection, prompted by the bags and green bins which had been placed on the verges along Redland Drive. The children talked about how they recycle at their own houses. We looked at the chimneys and windows, the size and shape of houses in comparison to our own and different kinds of vehicles we saw on the roads.

We excitedly trip-trapped over a bridge at The Green as we approached Loughton Pavilion and wondered if we would wake the sleeping troll, luckily, he didn’t seem to be home!

The children climbed, swung and slid down the slide. The drizzle not dampening their spirits as they laughed and played on the equipment, making full use of the pirate ship. We rested on the rocks for our lunch and Isabelle told Mrs Okwuadigbo that “today has been the best day ever!”

We continued the circular route around Loughton back to The Grove passing some perfect muddy puddles along the way making good use of our wellies.

The children were impeccably well behaved, and we were all very proud of them.

Well done Beech and Holly.

Mrs Okwuadigbo & Miss Ascough

Monday, 28 September 2020 12:29

Autumn Term Dates 2020

September 2020


Staff Training Day


Staff Training Day


Nursery, Maple and Walnut Open


Term Begins


Cedar Class Assembly


Achievement Assembly

October 2020


Birch Class Assembly


ABRSM Music Exams


Open Day, 10:00-14:00




Larch Class Assembly


Achievement Assembly


Grove Cross Country


House Day

26/10/2020 - 30/10/2020

Activity Week (Half Term)

November 2020


School Parents Evening 18:30-20:30


School Parents Evening 18:30-20:30


Rowan Class Assembly


LAMDA Speech & Drama Exams


Nursery & School Parents Evening 18:30-20:30


Nursery & School Parents Evening 18:30-20:30


Rowan Class Assembly


LVAC Lunchtime Concert, 13:00


Beech Class Assembly


Achievement Assembly


Holly Class Assembly

December 2020


LVAC Evening Concert


Foundation Nativity


Inter-House Matches


ABRSM Music Exams


Achievement Assembly


Christmas Lunch


Christmas Jumper Day


Christmas Parties


LVAC Lunchtime Concert, 13:00


Christmas Service


Last Day of Term

14/12/2020 - 18/12/2020

Activity Week

21/12/2020 - 22/12/2020

Activity Week

Term Dates 2020/2021 

Autumn Term 2020
Staff Training: Tuesday 1st September
(School and Nursery Closed)
Staff Training: Wednesday 2nd September
(Nursery and Walnut & Maple Open)
School and Nursery Open: Thursday 3rd September
Half Term Activity Week: Monday 26th - 30th October
Term Ends: Friday 11th December
Activity Week: Monday 14th -Tuesday 22nd December School and Nursery Close: Tuesday 22nd December, 16:00 

Spring Term 2021
School & Nursery Open: Monday 4th January
(Term Begins)
Half Term Activity Week: Monday 15th - Friday 19th February Term Ends: Friday 26th March
Activity Week: Monday 29th March - Thursday 1st April School and Nursery Close: Thursday 1st April, 16:00 

Summer Term 2021
School & Nursery Open: Monday 19th April 
(Term Begins) Bank Holidays: Monday 3rd & Monday 31st May
Half Term Activity Week: Tuesday 1st - Friday 4th June Travel Week: Monday 12th - Friday 16th July
Term Ends: Friday 16th July

Sunday, 02 June 2019 16:47

The Grove Advisory Board

Iain Hovell – Chair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Tasmyn Simpkins – Deputy Chair

The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide counsel and advice to the School’s Leadership Team regarding the operation of the school.
The Advisory Board is comprised of seven members (current and past parents), and the length of service on the Board is typically two to three years.
The Advisory Board’s focus is the continuous development of pupils and staff at the school, in accordance with the school’s ethos:

"The Grove will provide excellent education and welfare within a creative family environment where each child and adult is stretched to achieve their full potential. We will enrich the human mind, body and spirit by delivering outstanding knowledge to all, alongside ideology and healthy living".

The Advisory Board meets at least once per term to review various aspects of the school and nursery including:

• The quality of education provided (curriculum and teaching);
• The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils;
• The welfare, health and safety of pupils;
• Suitability of staff and supply staff;
• Premises and accommodation;
• The provision of information;
• The way complaints are handled; and
• The quality of leadership and management within the school

Sunday, 14 July 2019 12:14

Travel Week 2019

ETA: 5:15pm (please see our twitter feed for further updates to the ETA during our journey)

Friday (Home Day!)
Good morning, the children have packed and are gathering their bags in the holding marquee before breakfast. We have two more sessions of activities before our lunch and departure.

Group 1: Climbing and Aeroball
Group 2: Aeroball and Climbing
Group 3: Climbing and Aeroball
Group 4: Aeroball and Climbing
Group 5: Climbing and Buggy Building
Group 6: Buggy Building and Climbing
Group 7: Buggy Building and Climbing
Group 8: Climbing and Buggy Building

Our last night:
We have finished our activities for today and as it is our last night of Travel Week 2019 we are going to have a camp fire. We will be uploading photos again later this evening.

Thursday Morning: 
Our last full day of activities begins; the children are gathering outside before we head over for our breakfast.

Group 1: Raft Building and Buggy Building
Group 2: Buggy Building and Raft Building
Group 3: Abseiling and Buggy Building
Group 4: Buggy Building and Abseiling
Group 5: Archery and Sports and Team Games
Group 6: Sports and Team Games and Archery
Group 7: Archery and Sports and Team Games
Group 8: Sports and Team Games and Archery

Thursday Afternoon:

Group 1: Sports and Team Games, Beach Games.
Group 2: Sports and Team Games, Beach Games.
Group 3: Sports and Team Games, Beach Games.
Group 4: Sports and Team Games, Beach Games.
Group 5: Aeroball and Trapeze
Group 6: Trapeze and Aeroball
Group 7: Aeroball and Giant Swing
Group 8: Giant Swing and Aeroball

Wednesday Morning: Another glorious day with plenty of fun activities!

Group 1: Archery and Orienteering, Group 2: Orienteering and Archery, Group 3: Raft Building and Orienteering, Group 4: Orienteering and Raft Building, Group 5: Raft Building and Problem Solving, Group 6: Problem Solving and Raft Building, Group 7: Trapeze and Challenge Course, Group 8: Challenge Course and Trapeze

Wednesday Afternoon:

Group 1: Abseiling and Coastal Walk, Group 2: Coastal Walk and Abseiling, Group 3: Archery and Coastal Walk, Group 4: Coastal Walk and Archery, Group 5: Abseiling and Challenge Course, Group 6: Challenge Course and Abseiling, Group 7: Problem Solving and Abseiling, Group 8: Abseiling and Problem Solving

Tuesday Morning: The time is 06:48am, all of the children are wide awake with excitement. An amazing sunrise earlier this morning and plenty of fresh air with a hint of coffee… We will be heading over for our breakfast once everyone is dressed and ready which will provide energy for our exciting morning activities below:

Group 1: Giant Swing and Survivor, Group 2: Survivor and Giant Swing, Group 3: Giant Swimming and Survivor, Group 4: Survivor and Giant Swing, Group 5: Jacob’s Ladder and Survivor, Group 6: Survivor and Jacob’s Ladder, Group 7: Jacobs Ladder and Riffle Shooting, Group 8: Rifle Shooting and Jacob’s Ladder

Tuesday Afternoon:

Group 1: Challenge Course and Sensory Trail, Group 2: Sensory Trail and Challenge Course, Group 3: Challenge Course and Sensory Trail, Group 4: Sensory Trail and Challenge Course, Group 5: Giant Swing and Rifle Shooting, Group 6: Rifle Shooting and Giant Swing, Group 7: Raft Building and Survivor, Group 8: Survivor and Raft Building

Monday: Please arrive by 8:00am to enable us to depart on time. We will be traveling to Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk for Travel Week 2019. We will publish daily updates to this page during the week and travel updates.

Evening update: Once we arrived at Bawdsey Manor we met with the team and introduced them to the children. We made the most of the fantastic grounds for our lunch and outdoor games. The children are all in bed asleep getting their rest before our first full day of activities tomorrow. The group photos are on our gallery website.

Photos: During Travel Week we aim to upload as many photos as possible, a selection of photos will be uploaded here, the rest will be uploaded to our gallery website. If you require a password reset, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if the data connection is strong enough we will also upload occasional photos to Facebook and Twitter. The Group photos will be taken and published after we arrive on the first day.

Photos Update: We have uploaded most of the photos up to Wednesday afternoon.

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Milton Keynes, MK5 8HD

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