The Grove School

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About The Grove School

Name The Grove School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Hilary Priest
Address The Grove, Totnes, TQ9 5ED
Phone Number 01803862018
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 307
Local Authority Devon
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The Grove is a caring and inclusive school with an ethos of compassion and understanding. The school is ambitious and expects all pupils to do their very best.

Pupils and staff have positive relationships. Pupils are keen to learn.

Pupils are kind and polite.

They treat each other with respect, reflecting the school's values and ethos. Pupils know that if they need support there are trusted staff who are ready to help them. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe, including when online.

The 'Grove 100' provides all pupils, regardless of background, with character building experiences. Pupils also benefit from the 'Junior and Mini Duke' scheme, which ...celebrates pupils' involvement in extra-curricular activities. Pupils talk with pride of their involvement in the local community in events, such as the celebration of Elizabethan life.

School council members take their responsibilities seriously. They understand that they are role models for other pupils. Older pupils are proud of their roles as sports leaders.

They are keen to support younger pupils in playground games.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has made significant changes to the curriculum, including a new phonics programme. The phonics curriculum is implemented well.

The teaching of phonics is standardised across the school. Staff are well trained. The books pupils read match their reading ability.

This means pupils progress well in their reading. The school has placed reading at the heart of its curriculum. As a result, pupils enjoy reading.

They also learn about the diversity of society through the books they read.

The curriculum in core subjects is well planned and sequenced. Teachers adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of pupils.

For example, in mathematics pupils learn new knowledge and concepts confidently. As a result, pupils achieve well in the subjects tested at the end of key stage 2.

In the wider curriculum, the school has identified the essential knowledge and skills that it wants pupils to remember.

Staff receive up-to-date training in the subjects they teach. Pupils are enthusiastic about what they have learned. However, in some subjects in the wider curriculum, misconceptions are not addressed as quickly as they could be.

Assessment is not always used effectively to check what pupils know and can do. As a result, pupils do not build their knowledge as securely as in the core subjects.

Children in the early years get off to a good start.

The school has developed an ambitious early years curriculum with learning activities that capture children's interests. Staff quickly develop positive relationships with children. They have high expectations for children's development and behaviour.

Many children sustain their attention. As a result, most children are confident to explore learning purposefully through their play. Children learn to be independent from an early age.

At the end of Reception, children are well prepared for a smooth transition into Year 1.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported well. The school has effective processes in place to identify pupils with SEND at an early stage.

This means the school swiftly provides personalised targets for pupils with SEND. As a result, pupils with SEND learn the full curriculum and work well alongside their peers.

Pupils have positive attitudes to learning.

They are proud of their school and feel a sense of belonging. Pupils mostly behave well and follow school rules. The school views attendance as a high priority.

The school has effective systems in place to track and analyse attendance. This means attendance continues to be a strength of the school.

Pupils have some understanding of fundamental British values.

Pupils appreciate the need for the rule of law. As part of their roles within the school council, pupils value the opportunity to vote. Pupils understand different beliefs, religions and cultures.

Governors provide effective support for the school. They understand the school strengths and areas for development. This means governors are effective at holding school leaders to account by asking pertinent questions.

The school supports the well-being of staff. Staff feel listened to and are fully supportive of the school.

The school knows that communication with the wider community has not always been effective.

This means that parents and carers do not always feel that their views are listened to and valued.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects in the wider curriculum assessment is not effective.

Assessment is not used well to identify where pupils have misconceptions in their learning. This means the curriculum does not always ensure pupils build their knowledge effectively. The school must ensure that assessment is used effectively in all subjects.

• There is not a clear and successful approach to communicating with parents. As a result, some parents do not feel listened to or well informed about their child's education. Leaders need to communicate more effectively with parents, so that they know about and understand the work the school is doing with their children.

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