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St Thomas`s C E Primary School
Corsley Road, Groombridge, TN3 9SF, UK Tunbridge Wells
+44 (0)1892 864305

The school on a sunny day

Mission statement

I am delighted to introduce you to Groombridge St Thomas Church of England School.

Our purpose is to aspire for excellence in every area of the life of our school, following the values and teaching of the Christian faith, and to enable children to fulfil their potential.
Angela Nicholls

Our mission is that a sense of purpose must reach out to every family of the School where caring relationships, enthusiasm and pervade each and every corner.

To achieve this, we aim to provide a happy school atmosphere and an environment based upon mutual respect and care for others - one in which each individual's contribution and talents are nurtured, encouraged and valued.

There are factors which underpin school development and ongoing support:

  • A creative, broad and balanced curriculum.
  • The consistently high expectations of all staff and our governors.
  • The wholehearted support received from parents and the wider community.

I would be very happy to introduce you to our school, staff and pupils.

If you have any further queries or wish to visit, then please contact us.

Angela Nicholls


The school will be arranged into seven classes, one class per year group. At present, the aim is to have 30 children or fewer in each class.

Sports day
Sports Day

We have a classroom assistant in each class to support the teacher. Our special needs provision allows one-to-one and small group teaching to help children who might have learning difficulties.

Disabled Pupils

The school will assess the needs of each pupil and adapt accordingly, if possible. The school is a single storey building with some single steps to accommodate a change of ground level. The school has a disabled toilet and disabled access. Any parent with concerns should discuss their child's needs with the headteacher.

Children with Special Needs

The school is committed to ensuring that all children achieve their potential.
We have a well-developed special needs policy and a team of staff to support children with learning or physical difficulties.

The school makes statutory assessments at the start of school, at 7 years old and 11 years old. The school nurse and doctor conduct developmental checks as needed. This information, coupled with the teacher's knowledge of the child helps the school to make the best educational provision for each individual child.
The school looks for full parental partnership to help the child make effective progress.

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Cycling proficiency

School Lunches

School lunches are cooked on the premises. The cost is £1.54 per meal. This price is subject to increase as directed by the school meals service.

Packed Lunches

Those bringing packed lunch are reminded they are responsible for the safe packaging of food as we have no cool storage. No child may bring a packed lunch containing nut products as we have children with peanut allergies.

School Security

The school carries out risk assessment of health and safety each term. The school has secure boundary fencing and gates. The school takes every opportunity to ensure a safe environment for the children and staff.


In accordance with the Christian traditions and values, the school provides a happy and harmonious atmosphere - one in which pupils are encouraged to become responsible and caring members of the community.

The school works in close partnership with the Parish Church of St Thomas' through services, clergy visits and assemblies as well as the wider community.

We teach a balanced and differentiated curriculum developed to achieve the wide aims of the school guided by the National Curriculum.

Nativity play
Nativity Play

1. To create in pupils a sense of personal excellence.

2. To help children learn that courtesy, good manners and consideration of others are important.

3. To aspire for excellence in every area of the life of our school following the values and teaching of the Christian faith and to enable children to fulfill their potential..

4. To maintain and develop in pupils, lively and enquiring minds and to promote the ability to question and reason rationally.

5. To foster attitudes which will instil self-confidence in pupils and help them to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to life and work in a fast-changing world.

6. To encourage the pupils to be independent learners and also develop the ability to work as a team.

7. To help the children to develop their own personal, spiritual and moral values as well as understanding other religions and beliefs.


8. To help pupils understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.

9. To develop in pupils the ability to appreciate critically all human achievements and aspirations.

10. To prepare the pupils to meet the challenges and demands of primary and secondary school life.

11. To value the parent's role in active partnership with the school.

12. To give pupils equal access to all areas of the curriculum without differentiation between colour, creed, gender or ability and to encourage all pupils to develop their full potential.


Our approaches of teaching and learning are focused on the pursuit of excellence for each child as he or she gains the skills and knowledge prescribed by the National Curriculum.

We have "whole-school" policies to ensure the continuity and smooth progression of each child's learning and intermittent "whole-school" topics enable everyone to work together, promote interest through shared activity and ensure that all children receive a balanced curriculum as they progress through the school.

Details from batik by children of Groombridge St Thomas' Arts and Crafts Company (STACC)

The National Curriculum forms the basis of the school's teaching objectives, schemes of work and means of assessing your child's progress and levels of achievement. Our curriculum is kept under review to ensure that there is breadth as well and depth, and that there is ongoing school improvement.

All subject areas are developed and taught so as to engender confidence, knowledge, understanding and skills in the pupils.

Children are usually organised in age groups. However, the curriculum provided for them will be appropriate to each child's individual ability and not necessarily according to their age.

The National Curriculum is divided into the following areas :

1. Core Subjects
  • English, Mathematics, Science
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Religious Education
2. Foundation Subjects
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Art
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
  • History
3. Other Subjects
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Sex Education
  • Citizenship

In accordance with the objectives, some attainment targets are achieved through combining a number of study areas into an overall topic.


Admission Procedures for the Foundation Stage (children aged 4-5)

Groombridge St Thomas' School accepts children in the Reception Class in September in the year where their fifth birthday falls.

When a place is offered parents are informed whether the place is full-time or part-time. As a guide, children are offered a full-time place at the beginning of the term in which they are five.

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Le Petit Robot Rouge

For children born on or after 1st January admission will initially be offered on a part-time basis from September.

Parents are welcome to make an appointment to visit the school as well as to attend a collective Open Day and Presentation on Wednesday, 23rd January 2008 at 9:15 am in the school hall .

All children intending to start their education at St Thomas' will be integrated into school through involvement in pre-school visits, and invitations to events such as sports day and school concerts. Our reception teacher also visits the village pre-school and homes to help with the transition to school.

Since September 1995 we have been regularly oversubscribed.
AlI applicants must state which admission criteria they are applying for. If the school were oversubscribed and a place not given a letter of appeal could be sent to the Chairman of Governors.


Admission Criteria

All applicants must state which admission criteria they are applying for.
If the school were oversubscribed and a place not given a letter of appeal could be sent to the chairman of governors.
In the event of being oversubscribed the order of priority for allocation of places is as follows:

1. 'Looked After' Children.

2. Children of parents/legal guardians either or both who have been regular worshippers and participants* at St Thomas' Church Groombridge or any other Christian Church for one year and are residents in the community + of Groombridge.

3. Children who will have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission, and live in the community + of Groombridge.

4. Children of parents / legal guardians whose main residence is in the community + of Groombridge.

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Woolly Mammoth

5. Children who have an older brother or sister at the school at the time of admission.

6. Children with a known special education, medical or social need who would benefit from a place at Groombridge St Thomas’ C.E.P. School. Documentary evidence from a doctor, social worker or educational psychologist should be submitted with the application.

7. Children of parents / legal guardians, either or both, who are regular* worshippers at a Christian church.

8. Other children.

When deciding between applicants who have equal entitlements under the above criteria priority will be given to those children who live nearest to the school (by the nearest radial distance).

Pattern of Admissions for School Year 1999-2006

  • In September 2006, 30 places were allocated under criteria 1 to 3
  • In September 2005, 30 places were allocated under criteria 1 to 3.
  • In September 2004, 23 places were allocated under criteria 1 to 3.
  • In September 2003, 29 places were allocated under criteria 1 to 3, one place was offered under criteria 4..

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