About Us

Grounds and Facilities

Edge Grove boasts extensive grounds and facilities making this a wonderful place for your child to grow and learn.

Outside, pupils have access to two adventure playgrounds, an outdoor swimming pool, our Walled Garden Astro (used for for hockey, tennis, handball, cricket and netball), ten rugby pitches, five cricket pitches, our Forest School and woodland area and lake.

Within the School buildings, pupils benefit from two science laboratories, a food technology kitchen, theatre with tiered seating, huge sports hall, colourful art studio, D&T workshop, music classroom, six peripatetic music teaching rooms, IT Classroom, a Library, Learning Support Centre, Health Centre staffed by our School Nurses, Dining Hall with an in-house catering team – oh, and plenty of classrooms too!

Performing Arts

Edge Grove is a bustling hive of creative energy; whilst in truth, creativity happens everywhere in school, this is never more apparent than in our Performing Arts Faculty – and there are plenty of spaces at our school where your child will be able to unleash their creative side.

Our Performing Arts facilities include a theatre with tiered seating for 120 for performances and productions, and a Music block with music classroom (with plenty of instruments to inspire our budding musicians) and individual practice rooms for lessons with peripatetic teachers.

Art and Design

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Our Art Studio is the colourful hub of our visual arts programme, and is arguably the most vibrant part the school, with ever-changing displays of pupils’ work.  Evidence of the broad and exciting curriculum is clear to see on the walls – and even ceiling! – of the studio.  As well as class lessons from Year 3 taught by our passionate Head of Art, the Art Studio also hosts numerous clubs, where our talented artists hone their skills and develop their passions.

Our Design & Technology Workshop is well equipped with 3D printers and other machinery, enabling pupils to develop hands-on skills through interactive learning.  Pupils from Year 3 have lessons with our inspired Head of Design & Technology, and throughout their time at Edge Grove will have lessons in woodwork, metalwork, computer-aided design, electronics and mathematical modelling.

 

Sports

At Edge Grove, pupils are fortunate to have extensive sports facilities, including large areas of playing fields, which are home to five cricket pitches, six football pitches (plus four mini pitches), six rugby pitches (plus four mini pitches), and five cricket nets.  We also have an Astro with two netball courts, two tennis courts and where we also play hockey, futsal, softball cricket, European Handball and scooting.

In our large Sports Hall, pupils can also play badminton, basketball, volleyball and table tennis as well as gymnastics and fitness activities.

And of course, our 44 acres of parkland are the perfect backdrop for cross country and triathlon events!

 

Swimming Pool

Pupils from Year 1 upwards enjoy weekly swimming lessons as part of their PE curriculum in
the Summer Term in our outdoor heated swimming pool. There are also additional swimming sessions for our squad swimmers, and the House Swimming Gala is a favourite event in our summer calendar.

The pool is also well-used by our Holiday Camp provider, Keen Beans, during the Summer Holidays and May Half Term (subject to weather conditions)

STEM

Edge Grove has two well-equipped Science labs, where pupils from Year 5 are taught by our secondary-trained Head of Science, who brings learning to life through many, many hands on experiments and investigations.

Additionally, our Science Block features a Food Technology Room, used by Year 7 and 8 for lessons, and also by pupils from Year 3 upwards in co-curricular cookery activities.

Outdoor Learning

Younger pupils enjoy weekly timetabled Forest School sessions, and the older children take part in a variety of other activities within Edge Grove’s woodland and grounds. But teachers like to make use of our fabulous setting for lessons and, in fine weather, it is not uncommon to see any number of subject lessons taking place outdoors.

Since June 2024, we have also been a bee-keeping school, and look forward to producing the first jars of Edge Grove honey in 2025!

 

 

IT

IT is embedded across the School and across the curriculum, and all of our teaching resources are web-based, and therefore can be accessed on any device with any operating system. Pupils aren’t tied to using just one type of computer.

Pupils have Computing lessons either in our IT Suite or in the classroom, using Chromebooks, and our whole school approach incorporates the following elements:

  • Each pupil in school is given their own Google for Education account from Nursery;
  • Home-school communications and realtime parental engagement are possible using our online learning environment;
  • Pupils in Nursery to Year 4 have access to banks of Chromebooks;
  • Pupils from Year 5 have their own dedicated touch screen Chromebooks;
  • The School invests in adaptive online educational tools;
  • The entire site is covered with high speed WiFi connections with failover redundancy;
  • Online safeguarding tools are installed on all pupil accounts, not only protecting them from inappropriate content, but looking out for any search terms or content which could indicate a safeguarding issue.

Learning Support Centre

The Learning Support Centre, in the Chapel, is a calm and nurturing space where children come for a variety of additional support sessions.

The sessions cover a range of areas including academic booster sessions for maths, spelling, reading and comprehension and handwriting as well as emotional and mental health support including emotional regulation, mindfulness, mindset and social skills.

Support sessions are carried out by members of the Learning Support Team and can take place as one to one or small groups and cover a range of areas. We also run a lunchtime nurture provision for children who find navigating unstructured times more challenging.

Our children’s wellbeing is also supported via our School Therapist

The Library

Reading is given a high priority at Edge Grove, and pupils are fortunate to have a School Library in the main school building for pupils in Year 4 and above, as well as library areas in the Apthorp (for Year 3 and 4) and the Junior Department (for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) .

The Main School Library is staffed with its own dedicated librarian, supported by pupil librarians who are only too willing to share their tips about their favourite books, or suggest new authors to try.  We were all hugely proud when one of our Pupil Librarians received a National Commendation at the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Awards in 2024.  The School is actively involved the Children’s Book Award for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.

In Nursery, pupils take home a book bag each week with a selection of books to read with family members, aimed at developing an early love of books and reading. In the Junior Department, pupils visit their library each week, bringing home weekly library books, both fiction and non fiction they have chosen themselves. Higher up the School, there are regular library sessions for pupils, who again can choose books from a range of genres to take home an enjoy.

Pupils also can make the most of the peace and quiet in the Library during break and lunchtime to change books, study, play board games or just read quietly.

The English Department also arranges frequent author and poet visits to the School and our pupils and staff are always keen to participate in events such as World Book Day.

 

 

 

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