Welcome to our school website! I am Julie Claxton, the headteacher and I am now in my fourth year as Headteacher of Grovelands. Our lovely school is situated in north Hailsham, which is a thriving market town with a rapidly growing population. The school has a history going back to 1934 when it was first established and we moved to our spacious new premises in 1996.
Grovelands is a very large primary school which can offer great opportunity to children through the broad experiences and interests of a large talented staff. The Senior Leadership Team is made up of the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, two Assistant Headteachers and three Team Leaders who are Leaders of Learning. There are 21 classes in our school, three in each year group. The year groups provide the security of a small school; three classes grouped around a shared area with teachers, teaching assistants and individual needs assistants working closely as a team. We have our own language and learning support team led by our Senco and three experienced support assistants.
Our school has extensive facilities. Outside we have large playing fields; hard areas equipped with climbing frames and other play facilities; a pond teeming with wildlife and organic gardens. We also have an all weather pitch to extend our PE facilities. Inside, in addition to the classrooms with shared areas, we have two large halls fully equipped with sound and lighting for school productions, a computer suite, a music room, a studio, two conference rooms and two purpose-built rooms to provide space for running intervention programmes and one to one tuition.
Grovelands is part of the Hailsham Alliance Partnership and the Co-operative Learning Trust, working with all schools in the locality to provide school to school support. The Trust is a partnership committed to working together for the benefit of all the young people and families in our schools. We have governors who support and challenge the work of the school and we are keen to work with our families throughout the time children are at Grovelands.
All this combines to create a positive and rich learning environment and ethos which provide children with the highest quality education and experience. Staff at Grovelands are highly motivated and committed to working together to create a secure, safe environment where children can enjoy their learning, achieve their potential, face challenges and meet with success.