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Grove Independent School
Redland Drive, Loughton, MK5 8HD, UK Milton Keynes
+44 (0)1908 690590


'To inspire, develop and achieve'

The Grove Independent School is "in a different class", providing outstanding education and full day care for girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 13 years.

The Grove Nursery also caters for children from 3 months through to school age.

Please use the menu system to the left of the page to move around the site and find out more about the school and its facilities.

The situation of the Grove is in rural Loughton Valley, across from the Equestrian Centre. Our location provides easy access from road and rail links, whilst providing the children with a safe and friendly environment that is conducive to learning.

We organise visits for parents daily, please feel free to contact us to arrange a show around.

You can contact us on (01908) 690590 or e-mail to find out more or request a prospectus.


The Grove Nursery was established in 1984, using premises just outside Milton Keynes. The school enrolled its first class of rising fives in 1989.

Since that time the school has grown, with purpose built classrooms and stimulating amenities. It is ideally located in rural Loughton valley Park, facing Loughton Equestrian centre. The school is also deceptively close to the city centre and railway station for ease of access.

From its inception the Grove School has earned an excellent reputation for being a small, friendly place where each child could enjoy much individual attention.

The team of highly qualified and enthusiastic staff has been encouraged to become fully involved in every aspect of the development of both the school and the children entrusted to them.

This ethos has given all pupils the security of knowing everyone, of belonging to a community and of being responsible for others as well as themselves.

Regular review meetings, with all staff, ensure and maintain the highest standards of education and personal attainment.

Click here to view the Schools 2007 Ofsted report.

The School Structure

Great care has been taken to consider the changing needs of the developing child.

The outside has been landscaped to create a variety of play areas. Inside, the classrooms are light, spacious and well resourced work environments.

The school is divided into three departments:

Nursery - 3 months to 3 years (see nursery section)

Pre-Preparatory (Pre-prep) - 3 to 7 years

Preparatory (Prep) - 8 to 13 years

The final year of the pre-prep department is "transition year". The curriculum prepares for entry into the prep department.

Each department is small enough to ensure the atmosphere remains friendly and personal.

The School year

Mandatory Holiday The year is broken into 3 approximately equal terms. The annual closure totals 6 weeks:

Christmas - 1 week

Easter - 2 weeks

Summer - 2 weeks

with short half term breaks

Optional Fun weeks

Parents may extend term or holiday time (if they wish) by utilising fun weeks. During fun weeks each house group organises a program of play based events. Children do not wear uniform and no academic or work or school day activities are undertaken. The annual fun weeks total 4-5 weeks each year.

Drop off and pick up times are flexible. The school opens at 8.00am and closes at 6.00pm each day to encompass core day attendance.


Pre-Prep Department

Pre-Prep Curriculum

To build a strong foundation of the basic skills, time is devoted each day to teaching reading, writing and mathematics.

In addition to these essential "three R's", the full academic and physical curriculum is taught to develop healthy active minds and bodies.

Much of the work is cross-curricular which extends over several weeks and through all subject areas.

Children enter the pre-prep department at the beginning of the school year in which they become five years of age.

Classes are small, each group of no more than eighteen children, in the care of a qualified class teacher and class assistant.

Our policy of individual and small group teaching ensures that the children progress at their own rate, achieving competency and thus realising their full potential

Typical Pre-Prep Day
0800-0830 Children delivered to meeting area
0830-0900 Children accompanied to classroom
0900 Registration
0905 Classwork
1030-1100 Morning Break/Play
1100-1200 Classwork
1200-1300 Lunch and Play
1300 Classwork
1445-1600 Activites
1600 End of academic day, optional pick up time and re-register for house group
1630-1800 House Groups/Clubs/Extra curricular activities with flexible tea break
1800 Pick Up

Prep Department

Prep Curriculum

Children enter the prep department at the beginning of the school year in which they become nine years of age.

Each group of no more than sixteen children has its own form tutor, but is taught different subjects by specialist staff.

Pupils are carefully grouped within their subject classes to ensure all pupils are stretched.

In the prep department our philosophy is to marry the best of traditional with modern teaching methods. To this end, one period a day is still devoted to the basic skills attained from the "three R's" whilst the expanded curriculum now includes the core subjects:

English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French, IT, Art and Technology, Music, Games, R.E, Gymnastics, Study Skills and Current Affairs

Typical Prep Day
0800-0830 Children delivered to meeting area
0830-0845 Children accompanied to classroom
0845 Registration
0850-1030 Start of academic day, core subjects
1030-1100 Morning Break/Play
1100-1300 Core Subjects
1300-1400 Lunch and Play
1400-1600 Classwork
1600 End of academic day, optional pick up time and re-register for house group
1615 Tea Break
1630-1800 Prep/House Groups/Clubs
1800 Pick Up

Catering at the Grove

The Grove has a team of in-house caterers who cook fresh meals every day in order to provide a nutritional, varied and balanced diet for its pupils.

All of our foods are supplied by the best local suppliers, and following stringent standards, prepared by our catering team.

Our menu consists of fresh meat, fish, vegetables and pasta, home baking, fresh fruit, and all is prepared to the highest standard.

We provide 3 menus - 1 for Nursery, 1 for Oak and Alder, and 1 for the rest of the School. This means we can vary the foods slightly depending on the age of the child.

We have decided to make menu's downloadable in advance for parents to view-we operate a four weekly menu rotation which is changed periodically.

Please right click the following icon and select "save target as...." to save to your computer

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

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